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"Meet the Fockers"



"Meet The Fockers" ... a laugh riot from veterans.

A RENDEZVOUS with the alumni of "Meet the Parents" and their impressive add-ons awaits the fun loving filmgoer in the sequel that hits the screens this week.

"Meet the Fockers" (A) a Universal studios and Dream Works production released by Paramount, takes the viewer through a maze that's amusing for the most part and typically slapstick for the rest — with patches of bawdiness, particularly in the dialogue. All in good humour, of course. And what else can you expect with the outspoken sex therapist, Roz Focker (Barbara Streisand) and her plain-speak husband Bernie Focker (Dustin Hoffman) around? "... the Fockers" takes off from where "... the Parents" left.

Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) has already convinced his hard-to-please father in law to be, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) that he is good husband material for the old man's daughter, Pam (Teri Polo).

Now the Byrnes will visit the Fockers at their ancestral home, Focker Isle, for a couple of days — Jack's experience with the CIA, his state of the art gizmos and ever-suspicious eye will decide whether the family his daughter will go into, lives up to his expectations. Greg is anxious because his parents are a jocund, open, uninhibited twosome, very different from Jack, a stickler for propriety and right conduct.

Adding to the pandemonium are the menacing looking Jinxy, the cat, sexually obsessed Moses, the doggy, and the mischievous Junior, the baby grandson of Jack, who is a treat to watch. It's a real surprise to see Owen Wilson, whom you had watched in the earlier version, making an appearance in the last scene.

"No monkey business," Jack warns and it turns out to be anything but. It's a 48-hour pell-mell at Focker Isle before matters settle on a happy note. "We'll Fockerise them," says Bernie to his wife and they sure do. It is a meeting of the Titans of acting and it is to director Jay Roach's credit that in "Meet the Fockers," each of the veterans has an identity of his own.

Be it Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro or Barbara Streisand, the actors steal the show with their spontaneity. The fast paced score of composer Randy Newman helps enhance the gaiety in the air.

Undoubtedly sometimes things could get a little embarrassing for folks on this side of the globe. Albeit `` ... the Fockers" is a comical, convivial, slightly crude caper, where you can laugh away your blues, provided you don't allow the prude in you to take over.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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