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Meet the Fockers

Meet the Fockers
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jay Roach
Produced by Robert De Niro
Jon Poll
Jay Roach
Jane Rosenthal
Nancy Tenenbaum
Screenplay by Jim Herzfeld
John Hamburg
Story by John Hamburg
Marc Hyman
Based on Characters 
by Greg Glienna
Mary Ruth Clarke
Starring Robert De Niro
Ben Stiller
Dustin Hoffman
Barbara Streisand
Blythe Danner
Teri Polo
Music by Randy Newman
Cinematography John Schwartzman
Edited by Jon Poll
Lee Haxall
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures (North America)
DreamWorks Pictures (International)
Release dates
  • December 22, 2004 (2004-12-22)
Running time
115 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $80 million
Box office $516,642,939[1]

Meet the Fockers is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Jay Roach and the sequel to Meet the Parents. The film stars Robert De Niro (who was also one of the film's producers), Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner and Teri Polo. It was followed by a sequel, Little Fockers, in 2010.

Contents

  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Critical response 3
  • Box office 4
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Plot

Gaylord "Greg" Focker (Ben Stiller) and his fiancée Pam Byrnes (Polo) decide to introduce their parents to each other. They first fly to Oyster Bay, New York, on Long Island, to pick up Pam's father, retired CIA operative Jack Byrnes (De Niro), her mother Dina (Danner) and one-year-old nephew Little Jack. But rather than going to the airport as planned, Jack decides to drive the family to Miami to meet the Fockers in his new RV.

Once they arrive, they are greeted by Greg's eccentric but fun-loving and amiable father, Bernie (Hoffman), and mother, Roz (Streisand), who is a sex therapist for elderly couples. Worried that Jack may be put off by the Fockers' lifestyle, Greg convinces Roz to pretend that she is a yoga instructor for the weekend. Though Jack and Bernie get off to a good start, small cracks begin to form between Jack and the Fockers, due to their contrasting personalities. Things are made worse when a chase between the Fockers' dog, Moses, and the Byrnes' cat, Jinx, culminates with Jinx flushing Moses down the RV's toilet, forcing Bernie to destroy it to save Moses. Later, Bernie accidentally injures Jack's back during a game of football.

Pam, meanwhile, informs Greg that she is pregnant, but the two decide to keep it a secret from Jack, who does not know about it. Jack, however, becomes suspicious of Greg's character again when they are introduced to the Fockers' housekeeper, Isabel Villalobos (

At the engagement party, Jack introduces Greg to Jorge, and later when Greg denies that Jorge is his son, Jack injects him with Shelley Berman), who is a client of Roz and close friend of the Focker family. He mentions that LeFlore has been fired and arrested for abusing his position and is being charged for both his assault on innocent people and his corruption. However, Greg asks that Ira gives him a minute and proceeds to tell both Jack and Bernie to stop their feud. Jack apologizes for his actions and he makes up with Bernie and Greg.

Greg and Pam are married that weekend by Pam's ex-fiancée, Kevin (Owen Wilson), who is now an ordained interfaith minister. During the party, Jack asks Roz for some sex tips and sneaks into the RV with Dina.

During the credits, Jack watches hidden baby-cam footage of the Fockers giving attention to Little Jack over Jack's previous objections: Roz gives Little Jack chocolate, Bernie advises him to use his crying to disagree with everything Jack says, and Greg pretends to drunkenly tell Little Jack to keep it a secret that he left to smoke pot, not answer the phone, when he left Little Jack unattended and that Pam is not really pregnant and only said it so that Jack would let them get married. Greg then pretends to only just discover the camera but then after making mocking gestures at it, Greg reveals that he knew about it all along and none of the things he said before were true.

Cast

Critical response

The film received mixed or average reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 38% of 157 sampled critics gave the film positive reviews and that it got a rating average of 5.2 out of 10.[2] At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 with reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 41 based on 34 reviews.[3]

Box office

The film was a commercial success and is currently the highest grossing film starring Robert De Niro.[4] The film grossed $46,120,980 on its opening weekend in North America (3,518 theaters, averaging $13,110 per theater).[5] At the end of the film's 149 days of release, it grossed a total of $279,261,160 in North America, and $237,381,779 in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $516,642,939. The film's budget was $80 million.[6]

Awards and nominations

  • 2005: Casting Society Of America, USA: Nominated for Best Feature Film Casting: Comedy.
  • 2005: Teen Choice Awards: Nominated for Choice Movie: Blush, Choice Movie Actor: Comedy, Choice Movie Actor: Comedy, Choice Movie: Liar.
  • 2005: MTV Movie Awards Won: Best Comedic Performance.
  • 2005: ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards: Won Top Box Office Films.

References

  1. ^ "Meet the Fockers (2004)".  
  2. ^ "Meet The Fockers (2004)".  
  3. ^ "Meet the Fockers reviews".  
  4. ^ "Robert De Niro Movies Box Office Results". www.boxofficemojo.com. IMDb. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Meet the Fockers (2004) - Weekend Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. 
  6. ^ "Meet the Fockers (2004)".  

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