Meet the Fockers

Sunday Premier Movie: Meet The Fockers Sunday June 10, 8.30pm

Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller are back for a new session of disastrously funny family bonding in this hilarious sequel to Meet the Parents.

In the blockbuster comedy Meet the Parents, male nurse Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) endured a weekend where he lost his luggage, set the backyard on fire, spray-painted a cat and was administered a lie-detector test by Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) – his girlfriend’s father (who turned out to be an ex-CIA operative). In Meet the Fockers, Greg finally has Jack on side. He and his fiancée Pam (Teri Polo) are excitedly planning their wedding and there’s only one tiny little thing left to smooth the way to the altar: the future in-laws need to spend a weekend together.
So, Greg and Pam climb aboard Jack’s new state-of-the-art RV for a trip to Focker Isle, the Coconut Grove domicile of Bernie and Roz Focker (Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand). Things start off well enough, but that’s before Jack discovers that the lawyer and doctor Greg presented are, in fact, a liberal stay-at-home dad and a senior citizens’ sex therapist. Then there’s the RV toilet episode, the overly zealous game of touch football, the saucy Cuban caterer with the secret, the incident with the toddler and the glue…

“It was, in the beginning, a surreal experience,” says Ben Stiller. “Coming to work and seeing De Niro and Hoffman and Streisand on the set together. I would just step back and take in the enormity of it. But the really surprising thing for me was, that after the first week or so, it really felt like a family. Dustin and Barbra are so good and so committed to the characters, that they had a great connection – and it was fantastic to just plug in to that.”

De Niro also enjoyed his return engagement as the now semi-retired CIA agent, Jack Byrnes, obsessed with guaranteeing the Byrnes family lineage into the future – and digging in the Focker family closet to disclose any possibilities of chinks in the chain to tomorrow. On his relationship to his character: “With every part you use some parts of yourself. But there are some things where I’m definitely not like him – I’ll let you figure it out.”

Greg Focker runs into more family problems in Meet the Fockers, The TV2 Sunday Premier Movie at 8.30pm.

Subscribe to our mailing list

About the author