Review Date: September 28, 2000
Director: Jay Roach
Writer: James Herzfeld and John Hamburg
Producers: R. DeNiro, J. Roach, J. Rosenthal
Robert DeNiro as Jack Byrnes
Ben Stiller as Greg Focker
And DeNiro, boy-oh-boy, what can be said about Robert DeNiro? Is there anything that this man can't do? Another one out of the ballpark for the man best known for his dedication to the craft of acting, with one more extremely effective comedic performance. Wow. Now let's see Pacino take a few shots at the game of funny! Woo-haa, indeed! But I can't top off this review without mentioning the great work done here by the incomparable Ben Stiller. I love this guy! I love his whole persona, his nervous twitches, his way of being sincere, funny and serious all at the same time. I really do believe that he is one of the more underrated comedic actors of our time and I sincerely hope that he gets more recognition after this. The rest of the performers were also very well cast, notably Blythe Danner as the aloof mother and Owen Wilson, set perfectly as the stinkin' rich ex-fiancÚ. Gotta love that crooked nose of his. I enjoyed this entire movie from start to finish. It's funny when it has to be, hilarious when it needs to be and even touching as it nears conclusion. Many memorable lines, many funny moments with the cat (cat haters beware!) and an overall good time. Don't go in expecting the world to bowl you over with this but do expect to be thoroughly entertained. Thumbs way up, folks!