(Review originally written at 27 July 2009)

"Meet the Parents" from 2000 was an unexpected hilarious and just great movie. It certainly was one of the most entertaining and fun comedies of recent years. A sequel was inferable but yet it took 4 years before "Meet the Fockers" hit the silver screen. Of course it's not being as good and hilarious as its predecessor, mostly because of the reason that it isn't very original and surprising anymore obviously but still "Meet the Fockers" manages to become a rather entertaining comedy to watch, without ever reaching the level of true greatness.

Biggest power of the first movie was Robert De Niro, who was taking a comical turn with his role as the worst father in law you can wish for as a guy. In "Meet the Fockers" the focus is obviously being more as well on the Fockers. Even though this means that Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand get to show their comical sides, that doesn't mean that the movie is not double as hilarious. one plus one isn't always two.

Still the movie has plenty of good comical moments in it. It's being original but most of the time it's also relying much on some of the running gags from the first movie. The movie at times gives too many winks as a reference toward the first movie, with as a result that this movie surely also isn't as much fun to watch once you haven't seen the first one.

It doesn't really attempt to throw in some more story this time and it's also again mostly about morals but this is just fine. It isn't a preachy movie and the fact that it doesn't have a too complicated story ensures that you can just sit back and enjoy this movie for what it brings.

A good comedy, as long if you're not expecting it to be as good as the first one.


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