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Market research on the smash-hit Meet the Parents having De Niro's beloved cat Jinxie is brought back to flush the Fockers' dog down. trainer — remember Jinx the cat flushing the toilet in Meet the Parents? Dawn now shares her home with six dogs, three cats, one pony, and a and life in the Big Apple on her nationally recognized blog, I HAVE CAT. The Can Kicked Him: In Meet The Fockers, the Byrnes' cat Jinx (who knows how to use a toilet) flushes the Fockers' dog, Moses, forcing Bernie to destroy the RV.
Any lesser man would have pummeled Jack Byrnes to a pulp or would have died tryinghollered his feeling fed-up with the crap he's been through, and gone back home.
Which goes to show how determined Greg is to make things right. Pam, being Jack's oldest daughter. Debbie to a slightly lesser extent. Dating What Daddy Hates: Not just Greg, but most of Pam's exes as well. There's nothing really wrong with the guys, Jack is just that overprotective Dead Pet Sketch: In the first film, the cat gets loose and starts walking around on the roof. When Greg tries to chase him down, one wrong step leads to another, eventually setting Pam's sister's wedding gazebo on fire.
Do Not Call Me "Paul": For obvious reasons, Greg Focker does not like using his actual first name: Greg's real first name is Gaylord. His parents also call him "Gay". What sort of parents call their son Gaylord Focker? It is also implied with the airport security officer Norm, considering Greg's sarcastic "Bye, Norm. Once again, this gets called back in Meet The Fockers: After next month, I am going to be Pamela Martha Focker. I know how that sounds but I don't care!
Meet The Fockers has Isabel, the Fockers' former housekeeper who runs a catering business. When she was working for the titular family, main character Greg lost his virginity to her.
She also has a son, which leads to Jack trying to find out if Greg is the father of said son. While Jack has all but delighted in giving Greg a hard time from the moment they met, he cannot abide by Denny's mean-spirited mockery of Greg's legal name. In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it background moment, you can see Jack soberly gesturing to Denny that his joking isn't appropriate and he needs to stop.
Despite being Greg's biggest critic, Jack's even one of the few who doesn't find it amusing. Jack's hyper-paranoid humorless Control Freak tendencies and how because of them he's constantly stressed.Dog With A Blog - Link To FULL EPISODE - The Fast And The Furriest
The fact that this almost becomes a literal fatal flaw is an important plot point of the third film. From the Mouths of Babes: During Meet The Fockers, Little Jack Jack's grandson and Pam's nephew ends up learning the word "asshole" after Greg accidentally mentions the word in front of him. Andi Garcia, Jessica Alba 's character from Little Fockers is permanently perkypeppers her speech with Valley Girl like expressions and would come across as just an immature party-girl airhead if it wasn't for her demontrasting that she is also a highly skilled nurse in a couple of early scenes.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Focker family name, and the titles Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers blatantly play on this trope.
The trailer for the first movie pronounced it "foke-er;" with the sequels this wasn't really an option. Clearly, they're just related to the Fokker aircraft company in the Netherlands. They were told they could keep it if they could find one real life family with the name "Focker".
Since they got their title, well When Greg first meets Dina, she holds out her hand for a handshake while he goes for a hug. Bernie and Roz Focker, to the point that the level-headed Dinah is secretly jealous that they have such a successful sex life at their age.
Jack has one near the end of the first two films, yet continues to give Greg hell in the sequels. Jack's Fatal Flaw — he would rather believe Greg and his parents, and everybody else who so much as saw his girls is actively and maliciously trying to do something and put him through utter hell to force him to tell the truth than accept that his son-in-law is just a Butt-Monkey.
The "circle of trust" system is also supposed to allow for an open inter-family relationship, but is becomes apparent long before Pam and Dina call B. Little Jack repeating the word "asshole". Jack always says that Greg's job is "male nurse" rather than just "nurse".
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Even though Jack is one of the best examples of a Knight Templar Parent, his favorite song is the one that exemplifies childlike innocence: Pam's entire family, in fact, except Dina and Pam herself.
Even his cat is a Jerkass. The redneck cop in the second movie.
The Lawful Stupid airline employees that Greg had to put up with in the first film. Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jack - he clearly loves his daughter and wants only the best for her, but his extreme Papa Wolf personality makes it difficult for her to have any successful relationships. Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: That said, he does push it with how much he tortures and refuses to reason with Greg and his family. The "Circle Of Trust" and control-freak tendencies make it clear he's pretty difficult to live with.
All 3 movies revel in being this. In the third movie, Andi Garcia drunkenly forces herself onto Greg while at his house, despite knowing that he's married and he objects. Streisand also directed it. Director Jay Roach actually used the Ferber method on his 1st child. Almost everyone who saw the movie knew that Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand were coming up.
Since it was going to be a while before they appeared, Jay Roach wanted to give the audience a preview. Teri Polo is back as Pam.
This was just a year before she started on The West Wing Robert De Niro had a behind the scenes role as a producer on both Parents and Fockers. Their mother, a pediatric nurse, taught them how to sign.
Stiller called her and told her that she should do it. She was so impressed she said yes. Alanna Ubach plays Isabel Villalobos.
She was in both Legally Blonde movies. Legendary comic Shelley Berman plays Judge Ira. It just makes you feel drunk. Historical Note Capoeira, created by slaves in Brazil, was disguised to look like a game to fool slave owners. Location Notes Only one part of the movie was filmed in Miami. Everything else was shot in Los Angeles. Some shoot locations include the L. Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Other songs played in the film include: Bush was re-elected in Playboy thought Teri Polo was hot. Jack shares the middle name Tiberius with Captain Kirk.
Ben Stiller is a huge Star Trek fan. Parents was so successful that plans for Fockers began while the first movie was still in theaters. Jinx is a Himalayan cat.
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All but one of the cats who play him are from rescue shelters. Stiller said they never considered casting his real parents, comedy duo Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.
Still, she was heavily involved, from developing the script to choosing her makeup and wardrobe. The studio ran a contest where people named Focker could win a trip to their Universal Studios theme park. There were almost no Fockers in America.
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The ones in the phone book were fakes. Streisand worked with well-known sex therapists, the Berman sisters, to prepare for this role. De Niro fought for it. Ben Stiller improvised all of the lines with the baby. Hoffman studied with a capoeira specialist.