Meet the Fockers (2004)

In "Meet the Parents" Gaylord Focker (played by Ben Stiller) visits his fiancée's family for the first time.  Pandemonium ensues as opposite personalities and philosophies clash.  Never the less, he is able to secure permission from his girlfriend's father (Jack Byrnes, a paranoid ex-CIA agent), to marry.

In "Meet the Fockers", Jack Byrnes (played by Robert De Niro) and his wife travel to Miami to visit Gaylord's parents, the Fockers.  Jack Byrnes' paranoia and traditional values mesh with the Fockers' open, feminist, hippie lifestyle like a freight train meshes with a brick wall.  The result is total disaster.  This is a recipe for tons of laughs, but we don't get many.

The original "Meet the Parents" provided a few good chuckles, but this movie is dead.  It is just sad.  I just felt sorry for Gaylord.

During the movie, we learn that Gaylord had sex with his parent's housekeeper, who is many years his senior.  At first I thought that she had molested him when he was underage, but at some point they say that he was 19.  In the movie, this is something for the housekeeper to be proud of and for Gaylord to be ashamed of.  I would have expected it to be the other way around, because the housekeeper was much older.  That was a puzzling thing.

Some people did like the movie, so here is a test to see if you might be one of them.  Does an animal humping a child's toy, leave you rolling on the floor laughing?  Would it be really funny to see Ben Stiller, quivering on the ground for a full 30 seconds, pretending to be the victim of a tazer stun-gun?

If even one answer is "yes", then grab a couple beers and give this movie a try.  My biggest mistake was to watch it stone sober.
                                - Reviewed by Paul G.
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