Meet the Fockers

December 22nd, 2004


Meet the Fockers

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All hell breaks loose when the Byrnes family meets the Focker family for the first time.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 6.3/10 (101,366 voted)

Critic's Score: 41/100

Director: Jay Roach

Stars: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner

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?

Writers: Greg Glienna, Mary Ruth Clarke

Robert De Niro - Jack Byrnes
Ben Stiller - Greg Focker
Dustin Hoffman - Bernie Focker
Barbra Streisand - Rozalin Focker
Blythe Danner - Dina Byrnes
Teri Polo - Pam Byrnes
Owen Wilson - Kevin Rawley
Spencer Pickren - Little Jack 'L.J.' Byrnes
Bradley Pickren - Little Jack 'L.J.' Byrnes
Alanna Ubach - Isabel Villalobos
Ray Santiago - Jorge Villalobos
Tim Blake Nelson - Officer LeFlore
Shelley Berman - Judge Ira
Kali Rocha - Flight Attendant
Dorie Barton - Airline Clerk

Taglines: Misery loves family.


Official Website: Universal Studios [United States] |

Release Date: 22 December 2004

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $46,120,980 (USA) (26 December 2004) (3518 Screens)

Gross: $516,642,939 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Turkey: (TV version)

Did You Know?

James Brolin was originally approached for the role of Bernie but turned it down. When director Jay Roach went to approach Dustin Hoffman for the role, Hoffman was talking non-stop and even out of the point which made him the instant choice for Bernie.

Continuity: When Jack puts the little camera in the crocodiles mouth you can see that the camera is tiny but when he cleans the lens the camera screen shows that he is cleaning a bigger lens.

Jack Byrnes: I'm down here... under the bed.

User Review

Star Power Overcomes Some Comic Weaknesses

Rating: 10/10

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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