Having given permission to male nurse Greg Focker to marry his daughter, ex-CIA man Jack Byrnes and his wife travel to Miami to Greg's parents, who this time around are Mr. and Mrs. Focker, who are as different from them as can be. As asked in the first movie, what sort of people name their son Gaylord M. Focker? Written by
The actors portraying Greg Focker's parents and in-laws have won a combined six Academy Awards. Dustin Hoffman (Bernie Focker) won two Oscars for Best Actor for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Rain Man (1988). Barbra Streisand (Roz Focker) won one Oscar for Best Actress for Funny Girl (1968) and one Oscar for Best Original Song for "Evergreen," from the film A Star Is Born (1976). Robert De Niro won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for The Godfather Part II (1974) and another Oscar for Best Actor for Raging Bull (1980). See more »
On the next day after the party, when Jack is sitting in the RV about to leave, Gaylord is shouting at him. While mentioning the injection of the truth serum, he points at the wrong side of his neck. The serum had been injected on the opposite side. See more »
During the credits, Jack is seen watching the tapings of his secret camera, this was also done in the first movie when he watched Greg, this time he sees all of the Fockers in the camera. Also, this time, Greg realizes he's on-camera, and he has some fun at Jack's expense before revealing he's onto the surveillance. See more »
There are many movies where the performances are so good that the weaknesses of the movie itself are almost oblivious.
The casting in this film, bringing together the stars of the original with Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand as Greg aka Gaylord Focker's parents, is sensational.
While I admit that I believed I would read comments and reviews about the crudeness of the material, I believe the reason this is not a typically tragic Hollywood farce is due to the strength of the performances and the interaction of the characters.
As you know, the premise of the movie is very simple. Prior to the wedding of Greg and Pam, the two families will meet. In typical Hollywood sequel fashion, we already know that the Byrnses are somewhat reserved, set in their ways. So it is no surprise that the Fockers are almost the complete opposite.
Hilarity ensures, some crude, some overtly sexual. But the cast is skillful and it plays more like a comic version of "Closer". You will believe that Bernie and Roz (amazing performances by Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand) are Greg Focker's parents. Not only is their interaction genuine, their love for their child is as well. Part of Greg's embarrassment is the knowledge of his parents' "quirks" and how different they are from the Byrnses. Ben Stiller aptly conveys this while not backing down from his love for his parents.
Meanwhile, stern Jack Byrnes scans the Fockers for clues to prove why he should not like them, therefore not allowing his daughter to be married into that family. His design of the RV is classic Jack Byrnes. What is an improvement in this film, is that Jack discovers some things about himself and his relationship with his wife and daughter that change him. This may be the funniest performance in Robert DeNiro's career.
Throughout the film, there are themes that everyone has experienced but most of all, how important love is. The love of another and the love of family and friends. There is a very good example of this in a scene between Teri Polo and Ben Stiller, after some new information is exposed that could possibly tear them apart once again.
All in all, when you know the cast is having a good time, the audience does too. I will be seeing this one more than once.
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