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Of course parents can be important in fiction, whether or not they are actually around. For the other How Dad Met Mom: A story detailing how two parents met. A page for describing Trivia: Meet the Parents. Acting for Uncredited Role: Alexander Payne was an uncredited script doctor for the screenplay. What Could . "A few months ago, [my girlfriend] was like "Okay, it's going well, so, now, uh, I should meet your parents. 'Cause that's what people do, when a relationship is.
Hilarity Ensues as they attempt to keep his identity a secret. Shrek goes to Far Far Away to meet Fiona's parents. The protagonists end up in an African savannah where they end up meeting Alex's parents. How to Train Your Dragon 2: Though we've already seen Hiccup's father in the first movie, we end up seeing Hiccup's mom for the first time in the sequel.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: We meet Indiana's dad. In the third Night at the Museum movie, Larry, Ahkmenrah, and company go to the British Museum to meet Ahkmenrah's parents so they can give him the solution of the rusting magic tablet. Owen Wilson's character in the first movie. Jack has a hidden camera in his guest room. There is no justification for that sort of thing.
Not to mention the fact that it's illegal—something that Greg and Bernie lampshades to Jack. Jack drugging Greg with truth serum in the second film was definitely stepping over the line.
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Even his own wife, who tolerated his insanity all this time, wouldn't support him after that came out, revealing that it wasn't the first time he had done that to someone Pam was involved with. The first movie was considered by many as "the funniest comedy of the year". The second one received mixed reviews, with some saying it was better than the first one, and others saying it was worse making it a Contested Sequel. The third movie was universally panned by critics, and Robert De Niro said his only reason to work for it was money.
She Really Can Act: Jessica Alba is arguably the only cast member of the third movie to make any kind of effort. The response to seeing Jack's artificial "breast" for assisted breastfeeding is to drown one's sorrows in Brain Bleach.
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".
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.
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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.
She never gets her comeuppance for it; she doesn't even get fired, despite acting unprofessional for the entire movie. Jack in the first film never faces any real consequence for bullying Greg. The second film is better about this.Meet the Parents - Kevin the Ex
You could say the two heart attacks in the third film are Jack's karma. He would at least have to learn to keep his composure and temper under control from that point onward, or risk a third, and likely fatal, heart attack. Denny, Pam's pothead brother, never gets any comeuppance for framing Greg for smoking marijuana in the first film.
In the second however, Dina mentions that he was sent to military school, so it seems that karma caught up with him off-screen. Jack, who dotes on Jinx like crazy. The "kindhearted" part is extremely debatable to say the least, though.
This describes Jack Byrnes to a T. The Koshers - er, Fockers, oh damn.