Meet the Fockers (5/32)

Film

I’d seen this movie on multiple occasions and I love it every time.

Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller star alongside Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman in this sequel to Meet the Parents. In the sequel, Jack (Robert De Niro) wants to meet Greg’s (Ben Stiller) parents before Greg marries Jack’s daughter, Pam. This film didn’t get the best reviews, but personally, I love it more than Meet the Parents simply because I absolutely adore Barbra Streisand’s character, Roz, and Dustin Hoffman’s character, Bernie.

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Roz is a sex therapist, specializing in the elderly. She is very comfortable in her own skin and doesn’t care about what anyone thinks of her. She is the epitome of a free spirit and is very satisfied with her marriage. I believe that Roz’s personality and interests would make the perfect wife for any man who feels they have a boring marriage. Boring, is against Roz’s beliefs. Barbra Streisand’s performance is fabulous in this film. Overall, she’s an amazing actress but I just love how she plays her character flawlessly. I love this movie because I love to watch Barbra Streisand play this part so naturally. Roz is an inspiration for other characters I have created in my films. Accent, eccentricity, the whole package. Minus the sex therapy thing. My next favorite character is Bernie, played by Dustin Hoffman.


Again, I just love the way Bernie is completely fine with being the person he is, no matter what others think. Some would say he’s weird, but I think that just makes him that much more intriguing as a character. He is a lovable dad who is proud of his son, Greg (or Gaylord), and likes to show off all of his accomplishments (no matter how pathetic). He believes that his awards, in his words, “are about passion. Not winning”. Not only does he love his son, but he is still madly in love with his wife, Roz, after decades of marriage. Not in a “my wife is my world” type of way, but in a “wow, she is the most amazing person in the world and I’ve never been in love with anyone and never will be” type of way. He loves her as if he’s a teenager and their love is just as strong as it was when they first met, if not stronger. He treats her as if she still gives him butterflies when she walks in the room. If every marriage was like theirs, there would be no divorce.

Throughout most of the movie, Greg is ashamed of his parents because Roz and Bernie do what most parents do: they embarrass their son. Only, Roz and Bernie’s version of embarrassing their son involves saving Greg’s foreskin and having it accidentally fly into Jack’s soup.


Watchability

This is a really funny movie, in my opinion, and I think everyone should watch it at least once. But definitely watch Meet the Parents first. You’ll understand the references and it’ll just make more sense that way.


<<SPOILERS AHEAD! TURN BACK NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE FILM!>>

Artistry


The film had a way of making you compare the deep connections between Dina and Jack, Greg and Pam, and Roz and Bernie. I loved the way that Roz was able to “lighten” Jack up by giving him some tips on how to make his wife happier. Jack even took Bernie’s tip of putting the hat on the door. It was a cute ending and it kind of hinted during the movie that Jack needed a little push in order to relax.

We learn that Jack isn’t really a bad guy, but just really uptight because all he knew was his job, which would cause anyone to be distrusting. With Roz and Bernie’s help, he was able to revive his marriage and become a better person to Greg. Will he completely accept Greg, finally? I guess I’ll have to watch Little Fockers to find out.

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