Meet the Fockers

Went to see this last night with Anne-Marie and wasn’t expecting too much based on some of the reviews its been getting in the States. Have to say firstly that I enjoyed it as a film. However, compared to its predecessor, it doesn’t stand up to critical assessment. Considering the cast they had to work with, the script is lazy and retreads ground covered in the first film. That mainly involves Gaylord getting himself into ridiculous situations and then being ridiculed by Jack Byrnes. For a sequel to Meet the Parents, that just isn’t good enough and the lack of quality set pieces is illustrated by the fact that a scene which could have been comedy gold, the Focker family reunion, is instead reduced to lame name checking when they could have introduced some of the extended frat pack. All in all a decent film but a disappointing continuation. Lets hope Meet the Little Focker doesn’t get made as there just isn’t enough material here to justify a third.

Tony’s Rating: 5/10

Plot Synopsis: Having given permission to male nurse Greg Focker to marry his daughter, ex-CIA man Jack Byrnes and his wife travel to Miami to Greg’s parents, who this time around are Mr. and Mrs. Focker, who are as different from them as can be. As asked in the first movie, what sort of people name their son Gaylord M. Focker?

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