Directed by Jay Roach, starring Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Owen Wilson, Alanna Ubach, Ray Santiago, Spencer Pickren and Bradley Pickren.
We pick up the sequel where 'Meet The Parents' left off. Greg Focker (Stiller) is still working as a male nurse and still very much frowned upon by his fiancé Pam's (Polo) parents, Jack (De Niro) and Dina (Danner) Byrnes. But things are about to go from bad to worse after the Byrnes request to meet the Fockers before Pam marries their son.
This time round the movie takes the road trip route as, instead of taking conventional and much more convenient air travel, ex-CIA agent Jack Byrnes insists on taking a road trip with his unwilling family in tow, even dragging his baby grandson Little Jack along for the ride. One cramped camper van, a strict set of rules and the return of the cat from hell, Mr Jinks, could be enough to send Greg over the edge before they even get to his parents house.
But the real fun of the movie begins with the introduction of Greg's hippy parents Bernie (Hoffman) and Roz (Streisand) Focker. As if explaining their unusual occupations and hobbies weren't proving terrifying enough for Greg, the Fockers insist upon sharing the love in their household, instigating the most inappropriate dinnertable conversations and revealing all the dark skeletons in the closet of Greg's past.
And this time around the gags are certainly more cringeworthy, if simply for the fact that they are less ridiculous. The sequel has cleverly drawn on the small embarrassing details which pose as potential material for ridicule with every in-law and sent them up marvellously. There is a tendency to draw a little heavily on the gags from the first movie and perhaps an overdose of baby humour but, that said, the laughs are still very there.
From the drugging of Greg (so that he cannot lie), through to the comical sign language of Little Jack, long-lost sons, unexpected pregnancies and the conspiracy theories of Jack Sr, the pace of the movie sweeps you along. It's laugh-out-loud funny, mostly because it's the stuff of real life, ok the horror stuff of meeting the in-laws, but wildly funny all the same.
Ben Stiller is once again magnetic in a role that was surely made for his comic genius. But this time around he is slightly upstaged by Hoffman and Streisand, as his quirky and unconventional parents. Hoffman relishes his lively role, bringing huge wit to the mannerisms of the character. He is assisted in no small part by his pairing with Streisand, who steps up to her role with great gusto. As a couple, they gel fantastically on screen, electrifying most of the comedy in the film.
If you felt a strange affinity with the array of bizarre characters in the first one, then 'Meet The Fockers' is a must-see. It'll make you squirm, cringe, laugh and possibly want to go see it again.