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Meet the Fockers - Preview



Preview by: Jack Foley

IT’S been something of a prolific year for Ben Stiller, what with the triple success of Along Came Polly, Starsky and Hutch and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.

But the year will be rounded off with yet another comedy outing, in the eagerly-anticipated form of his Meet the Parents sequel, Meet the Fockers.

The film continues to follow the misfortunes of male nurse, Greg Focker, as he bids to make the right impression with his prospective in-laws (Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner), for the sake of his fiancee, Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo).

The first film chronicled Greg’s awkward first meeting with the Byrnes, and became a surprise smash-hit in America, while the sequel finds De Niro and co having to meet Greg’s parents, played by Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand.

It looks set to become one of this year’s big Christmas releases, in the absence of any Lord of the Rings movies, or young wizards.

Returning director, Jay Roach, is confident that the movie will be as big a success, particularly given the chemistry between Hoffman and Streisand, which Roach compares to Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.

"Dustin and Barbra should have been a comedy team," said Roach, in a recent interview with USA Today. "They have great comic timing. They could have done vaudeville, or I Love Lucy, or even Tracy-Hepburn stuff."

According to the same report, the confidence, on-set, was such that Streisand was even able to suggest some great comic additions to certain scenes, including a particularly embarrassing moment during a first cocktail evening.

Roach explains that while Hoffman is giving a toast, Streisand takes a sip, and is lambasted for jumping the gun - upon which she promptly spits out the drink, complete with the ice cube to boot.

It sets the standard for the rest of the weekend and gives De Niro’s uptight Jack Byrnes every reason he needs to find fault with his future in-laws.

The sequel has been a long-held ambition for Stiller, ever since the success of the original, which amassed $166 million in the US.

However, the actor remained determined to cast both Hoffman and Streisand in the role of his parents, and held out until he had secured both signatures.

The result, from its trailer alone, suggests that the comedian has struck Box Office gold again.

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