Universal Pictures has released the first photo from the upcoming “Meet the Fockers,” and the image holds clues as to why Ben Stiller’s character in “Meet the Parents” (2000) was so eccentric and neurotic.
The shot is a family portrait of the Byrnes and Focker families, who meet for the first time in this film, the sequel to “Meet the Parents.” While the first installment centered on male nurse Greg Focker’s (Stiller) exasperating introduction to his fiancee Pam Byrnes’ (Teri Polo) conservative parents, “Meet the Fockers” focuses on the engaged couple’s attempt to bring their families together.
Speaking a thousand words and then some about the outcome of that meeting, the photo portrays the two families as noticeably incompatible. The Byrnes family, with Jack (Robert De Niro) as the father, is formal, poised and preppy, while the Fockers, with Bernie (Dustin Hoffman) as the father, are relaxed, holding hands and bohemian.
Jay Roach, who directed the first installment as well as such films as the “Austin Powers” trilogy, returns to direct the cast of De Niro, Blythe Danner and Polo as the Byrnes family and Hoffman, Barbra Streisand and Stiller as the Fockers. The film opens in theatres on December 22..