When Pam and Greg get their parents together, it turns into one disaster after another. The hippie Fockers are the direct opposite of the uptight Byrneses. With one pitfall after the next, awkward in-law experiences are taken to new heights.
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I wish I hadn't. This was released during the holidays, I was with a diverse group of people, and it was the only thing we could all agree on, the lowest common denominator. DeNiro was great as a clown in Mean Streets and King of Comedy, but that's it. He is no longer a great clown, just a boring, annoying, stupid clown. His latest films are the worst.
Maybe you just can't tell the same joke twice. But I've noticed a trend among American comedies (see: "The Klumps," "Father of the Bride Part II") in which an original film that displayed a touch of wit in scripting and enthusiasm from its performers is followed by a dire, painfully unfunny sequel that resorts to the scatological in order to dredge up laughs. The desperation is written all over Ben Stiller's face.
The second and possibly the best of the Fockers Trilogy. The dog going down the bog is a classic. As in the others in the the series, the film is a little spoiled by the sentimentalised finale. Why is it that American comedies have to have a happy ending? One gemlike line which you need to keep a sharp ear out for is when the compere at the engagement party shouts out to the dancers, "Come on, dance, you Fockers!"
Latest statement of the disintegration of modern Hollywood as an artistic cinema factory. Every effort is compromised by a mercantile attitude and when simply presenting itself with no more pretensions than just plain silly humour, the result is certainly degrading. Once reputable actors recognised by their trade, now join in with no shame, parodying their own careers and personifying the farce that Hollywood now is.