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Gaylord M. Focker, known as “Greg”, a Jewish male nurse wants to ask his live-in girlfriend Pam Byrnes to marry him. Greg has it all set up with Pam’s grade school class to pop the question. But his plans of proposal are disrupted when Pam gets a phone call of her sister’s wedding. Pam invites Greg to come with her to meet her parents and attend the wedding.
Along the way Pam tells Greg that her sister’s finance asks their father for her hand in marriage. Greg decides that he will do the same during the visitation. But everything falls apart from the moment they get off the plane and they lose his luggage, which carries the engagement ring.
At the Byrnes family home, Greg meets Pam's father, Jack and mother Dina. Jack takes an instant dislike to Greg. First cutting him down for being a nurse and then catching Greg in little lies that he uses to impress Jack and falls further away from what Jack refers to as the “Circle of trust.” The more Greg tries to get into this circle of trust, the more one hilarious disaster after another happens.
“Meet the Parents” (2000), starring: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, James Rebhorn, Owen Wilson,Thomas McCarthy, Jon Abrahams, Phyllis George and Nicole DeHuff
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Meet the Fockers Review
The sequel to “Meet the Parents”, Greg and Pam are engaged. Now is the time for the Byrnes are to meet the Fockers. Greg and Pam meet her parents at their home, expecting to travel together from New York to Florida by airplane. Instead Jack (her father) shows off his RV that they will be traveling in. The parents are also taking care of their other daughter’s child while they are away in Thailand. Jack has taught his grandchild baby sign language and the only words this toddler says throughout the movie is “Ass h-o-l-e.” The only thing I did not find funny.
The Fockers are wonderfully played by Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand. Bernie Focker, was a lawyer until he took paternity leave to raise Greg and continued to be a stay at home dad. Roz Focker, is a successful sex therapist, author of books such as “Meet Your Orgasm!” She holds classes for elderly couples at the house.
Greg’s family is open minded, positive and quick to give anyone a hug. They are the complete opposite of the Byrnes.
In the first movie we meet Jinx the Himalayan cat, which is Jack’s pride and joy. The Fockers have a sex crazed dog that has a pants-leg fetish.
There is more sexual humor in this movie. It isn’t as good as the “Meet the Parents”, but it does have its moments and a much needed sequel. Overall I would recommend watching both movies. Especially if you have had your own “Meet the Family” ordeal and realize that it wasn’t so bad.
"Meet the Fockers" (2004), starring: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Owen Wilson, Kevin Rawley. Spencer Pickren and Bradley Pickren
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Are You a Focker?
After my own “meeting of the parents”, I had a strong urge to watch our DVDs of “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers.” I found both movies just as funny and refreshing as watching them for the first time. If you haven’t seen either of these two movies, you are missing out on a couple of hilariously funny movies.
The parents I’m referring to are the parents to my daughter’s boyfriend. We had talked to her boyfriend’s parents over the phone and converse through email. But we were short on “meeting the parents.” Our daughter has known them for three years. They love her and say she is sweet. Would they think we were sweet too?
It was a bit scary not knowing what his parents would think of us. Afterwards, I asked my daughter, “Are we the Fockers?”
Our daughter replied that in some ways, both sets of parents fit the mold. Even though, his parents are more into a healthy lifestyle. (Despite all the healthy hubs I have.)
As a birthday present, the boyfriend was allowed a bit of real butter on his pancakes. When he was at our house, he was shocked at all the butter in the refrigerator.
We figured that we should meet after all this time. Especially, since the last two winter breaks, our daughter joined them in Hawaii. Something, I will only know through her eyes.
At the end of our visiting time, it all went well. We even met the grandma. To sum it up, there is nothing wrong with being a Focker. After all…aren't we all a bit of a Focker?
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