I enjoyed some parts of this movie. Ben Stiller is amusingly uncomfortable meeting the parents from Hell, and De Niro is devilishly great in his role as the dad.
But it's just too bad that a major running joke in the movie is based on the most obvious of sophomoric gutter humor. See, Stiller's character has the last name of "Focker." I'll let you guess where the writers go from there. Truly crass, immature humor that has more in common with lowball flicks like Porky's than with the rest of this film.
Now, the sequel to this movie is coming out, and of course it's called -- you guessed it -- "Meet The Fockers." I'm sorry, but that's just going too darn far. I don't want to see, and I don't want my little kids to see, that plastered on billboards, marquees, buses, and TV ads everywhere. Yes, I know there's an "o" in the name instead of a "u." It doesn't matter. We all know what was intended here. And I think it's tasteless.
This is just about as bad, or maybe worse, as "Austin Powers: Goldmember," which is another movie title that pushes the boundaries of decency way too far. Yep, the previews might have been rated as acceptable for all audiences (just barely), but the movie title itself sure wasn't. And to top it off, it dragged the good name of the classic "Goldfinger" through its crass sewer.
I'm really wondering when audiences (and society in general) will stop getting such a kick out of, "Oooh, he said the F-word!" or "Ahaha, that word *sounds* like the F-word! So it's funny!" Judging by the reviewers like the one here who titled his review "FOCKER!," I guess the answer is, "not anytime soon." Too bad. I'm no prude, but still...too bad.