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Unfunny 'Fockers'

By Desson Thomson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 24, 2004; Page WE18

Apparently, it had to be done. Money had to be made. So the makers and performers of 2000's "Meet the Parents" agreed to reunite for this gross and unfunny sequel.

Nurse Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) and his fiancee, Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo), decide it's time for both sets of in-laws to meet. Cue a blockheaded comedy of opposition, in which Pam's right-wing, WASPish parents, Jack (Robert De Niro) and Dina Byrnes (Blythe Danner), drive to Florida to meet Greg's father (Dustin Hoffman) and mother (Barbra Streisand). Oh, those sexually uptight conservatives! Oh, those nutty, huggy Jewish liberals! (Streisand's character is a sex therapist who teaches seniors to discover their inner kama sutra batteries.) The movie basically consists of every character difference the hack scriptwriters could squeeze out of their trivial minds. And there's a ridiculous subplot in which Greg's virginity-breaking history with a former Spanish maid is brought to embarrassing light. Embarrassing for us, I mean.

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Don't even rent the DVD, it'll only encourage them.

MEET THE FOCKERS (PG-13, 95 minutes) --Contains crude and sexual humor, obscenity and a brief drug reference. Area theaters.

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