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Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, and Little Fockers

Updated on July 17, 2011
Going to the Movies
Going to the Movies

Three Great Movies, Starting with Meet the Parents

I just got done seeing the movie, Little Fockers, which is a sequel to Meet the Fockers, which is a sequel to Meet the Parents. These three movies are great, in my opinion, and I would recommend seeing them. That said, they are a bit silly, over the top goofy at times, but are true comedies that will strike a chord and make you laugh. If you haven't seen them all, you will want to get a hold of them whether through your video store, by purchase, or rent at the library. Start with Meet the Parents.

Meet the Parents is a hilarious movie about a young couple trying to get their start in life. They have been in love, and want to get married. Right before Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) pulls off the perfect engagement proposal, Pam gets a call from her sister about their upcoming wedding. She announces that her sisters husband to be, formally asked their father for her hand in marriage. So Greg realizes he needs to back up, and also meet and ask the parents.  He thinks Pam's dad is a retired florist, but really that is just a cover for being Ex CIA

This sets of a string of "catastrophies" where all seems to be against poor Greg Focker who can do no "right" in the eyes of especially the Father but also the rest of the Family. The father Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), does an excellent job of being the proud father that wants only the best (more like 150%) for his precious daughter. It feels an impossible feat to get into and stay in the infamous circle of trust that Jack has built over time.

Like so many great comedies, this one plays on the real truths we observe in life and helps us to laugh and exaggerated scenarios that we can all actually kind of picture possibly in our own lives. What is very sweet, is that love, tenacity, and truth actually win out in the end, along with a good dose of understanding.

Meet the Fockers

Meeting the Fockers is great all on its own, but you can really appreciate this movie after having seen the first one.  It adds a lot of value to understand how far Greg and Pam have come, to have to deal with the next big set of troubles.   Greg, actually Gaylord Focker barely made it into the family and circle of trust, but now the Byrnes are going to meet Greg's parents! You have to see it to appreciate how absolutely hilarious this family is, and very opposite of the Byrnes.  To say the Fockers are a riot is to minimize things. 

Again, when all seems unbelievably lost and without hope, the families pull together and make the best of things, and realize there is much to learn from all sides.  You can't help but just love Robert Deniro's character Jack Byrnes.  The Fockers, Bernie and Rozalin are Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand, and this movie is worth watching just to see these two!  They completely overwhelm the Byrnes Family at first, but you have to watch it to see how it all comes together.  

Owen Wilson
Owen Wilson

Little Fockers

Now Pam and Greg Focker have their own two children, and this movie continues on in the same vein as the first two, but with completely new twists and turns. One of the people you really come to love in all three movies is Kevin Rawley, played by Owen Wilson. He is absolutely great in his roles, and by the third movie you just love him all the more. Its too hilarious how he fits into the families and is incredibly rich how much he loves the family, especially Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo).

What can seem to stress the situations the most in these family dynamics turn out to make the families stronger and more tight knit. Its really very funny, sometimes naughty with a lot of inuendos, but especially sweet how things play out.

The kids are too cute, and have their own little quirks (true to life) as do all the people in the movies. I hope that the lessons in these movies aren't missed by the sheer humor and goofiness you sometimes see. Jessica Alba had a fun role in this one as well, too funny though she causes a lot of trouble! Love Pam throughout, and her mother too. I would have to say my very favorite people in these movies are Robert Deniro, Barbara Streisand, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Owen Wilson. You couldn't have had a better wife for these movies than Teri Polo, loved her throughout. I think I like Owen Wilson even more than Ben Stiller, but only barely. I love the casting, and I would recommend these movies if you enjoy comedies.

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Yes, its super funny! Thanks for the comment Phoenix :)

    • PhoenixV profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Hilarious movie lol

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Malcolm, Yes I hear you, and I would feel the same way if I had my younger son with me. I think it is a bit over the top and naughty in parts, but is so silly that the message is kept somewhat lighthearted (if that were possible). Glad to hear you enjoyed it overall, and thank you for the read and comment!

    • Malcolm_Cox profile image


      7 years ago from Newcastle, England

      I saw it with my kids the other day. Was a little strong for it's UK rating of 12! Expecially the scene where De Niro has the erection! Enjoyed it though!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I agree with you about relaxing Scribenet, and thank you for the comment!

    • Scribenet profile image


      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Over the holiday saw the first two on satellite and with your review, I am sure to go see the latest in this series...watching a great comedy is a good way to sit back and laugh at life and relax! Thanks for the review!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Bogerk, I hear you, and agree the first one is often the best in comedies that end up having sequels. Sometimes, they just run and run with an idea. My personality is one where I can enjoy the silliness at times, as life can be so serious at times. I hear you, and appreciate the comment very much.

    • bogerk profile image


      7 years ago from Midwest

      Meet the Parents was a very original comedy and fun to see Robert DeNiro in a comedic role ... but the originality immediately wore off in the sequel when in trying to "one-up" every joke from the original the characters just became obnoxious.

      I won't be seeing "Little Fockers" ... I don't know that comedies should have sequels and can't really think of a funny comedic sequel off the top of my head.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Rose :)

    • rose56 profile image


      7 years ago

      I am a fan.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thanks Happy Boomer Nurse.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Loved the first two movies in this series, but haven't seen the Little Fockers yet. Plan to do so soon, especially since reading this review. Thanks for sharing it.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Nell, thank you! Yes I think you will like the others, so its worth the catching up. It will make you smile.

    • rpalulis profile image


      7 years ago from NY

      I just love comedies, have not seen meet the Fockers yet, but can't wait.

    • KristenGrace profile image


      7 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      I LOVED Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers - great casts and wonderful writing. I can't wait to see Little Fockers - sounds equally as good!

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, I have seen the first one, but now I will have to catch up with the others, I love a good laugh! great review! cheers nell

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thanks Pamela, and I think you will enjoy the movies. I agree, its just nice to laugh sometimes at silly movies.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Glad to hear it Trish, and thanks for the comment.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you, Okmom!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      It is fun to watch silly movies and just laugh sometimes. I will look forward to watching it. Thanks

    • Trish_M profile image

      Tricia Mason 

      7 years ago from The English Midlands

      My son loves this series of films!

    • okmom23 profile image

      Donna Oliver 

      7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      Another fan of "The Little Fockers!" Great review!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      You will love it Sarah!

    • Sarah Masson profile image


      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Can't wait to see Little Fockers!!


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