Picking up a few months after 2000's Meet the Parents, we have Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, and her parents Robert DeNiro and Blythe Danner driving from New York to Florida to meet his parents...Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Striesand. Hilarity, as it always does, ensues.
Let me just say that Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Striesand? Brilliant. They play wonderfully off each other and off Ben Stiller. And what is going on with Mr. Hoffman, anyway? He's in four movies this year! The man is on fire, and it's fun to see, really. He's come a long way for those Beetle ads in the 60's.
The gags are rather predictable, but the biggest laughs come from the situation: we all have families. And to greater or lesser degrees, we are, to a certain extent, mortified by them. And we've all experienced the angst of meeting a significant other's parents and wanting to make a good impression. Now...imagine all of that going on at once. If you haven't experienced it first-hand...there's probably a very, very good reason.
I liked this movie better than the first, probably because of Hoffman and Streisand. And the audience, too, seemed to be enjoying it, and even applauded at the end. It's not going to win any Oscars. But I bet it makes you laugh. Especially the closing credits; don't be in a hurry to leave.
Oh, take special note of the license plate on Hoffman's VW Thing. It made me laugh, anyway. And if it's driving you nuts trying to remember where you've seen that flight attendent who puts Ben Stiller's carry-on in the Captain's closet...she's Halfrek, from Buffy.