Review Date: December 27, 2004
Director: Jay Roach
Writer: John Hamburg, Jim Herzfeld
Producers: Jay Roach, Jane Rosenthal, Robert DeNiro
Ben Stiller as Greg
Robert DeNiro as Jack
Barbra Streisand as Roz
ANALYZE THAT made that same mistake and despite generating a few cheap laughs (the whole “ass-hole” sequence, the stuff with the Latina maid and Greg’s drunken speech) and an overall easy-going feel, this sequel basically just goes through much of the same shit as the first film, only not as funny or original or memorable. In fact, wife-to-be Teri Polo doesn’t even seem to have a part in this movie and one of the funnier characters from the first film, brother Denny, is MIA altogether. Even Stiller, who I’ve always appreciated, seems to be going through the motions here. Thankfully, Dustin Hoffman’s spry father character peppers a little bit of life into the picture, but even then, the over-the-top uninhibited sex talk between he and Streisand was just too much to take (there’s “uninhibited” and then there’s just plain rude!). Did every single sentence out of their mouths have to be sex-related? Gimme a break. And how about the uber-contrived way that they worked a child into the film for the only purpose of pulling out a few more “kids jokes”. Gimme another break. I might be a little harder on this film because I really liked the original so much and having seen this ho-hum retread now, makes me not want to see that one again—which pisses me off! And was there really any reason to make this movie close to two hours? Was there really so much going on, guys? It feels like they just threw everything at the wall, in the hopes that most of it would stick but unfortunately for paying audiences…most of it really doesn’t. And yes, to complete the entire “blueprint” of the first film, expect to see yet another secret behind-the-scenes hidden camera sequence during the film’s end credits. Wow…was anybody really trying here? Let’s hope we don’t have to sit through yet another lame sequel: MEETING THE FOCKIN’ KIDS.