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Meet the Fockers
(2004)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Performed by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jonathan Sacks

Produced by:
Frank Wolf

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(January 11th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you just can't get enough of those lazy, happy Randy Newman vocals and their fluffy, parody-filled underscore counterparts.

Avoid it... if Newman's singing began making you pull your hair out long ago and you don't need yet another slight variation on the joyful, trademark Newman attitude.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #682
WRITTEN 1/14/05, REVISED 10/11/11
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Meet the Fockers: (Randy Newman) As an overdue follow-up to the 2000 hit comedy Meet the Parents, Jay Roach's 2004 entry,Meet the Fockers, extends the characters from the first film into the realm of Greg Focker's (Ben Stiller's) parents for even more complicated fun. The entire film exists only to analyze what dysfunctional interactions happen when you put a set of highly controlling and tense parents at one side of the table and an extremely relaxed set on the other. Despite a cast of extremely powerful celebrity names, critical consensus on Meet the Fockers seemingly dwelled upon a flat lack of energy in the film, pointing to substandard writing as perhaps the primary culprit. But that certainly did not keep audiences away from the sequel, with several weeks at the #1 position in box office earning Meet the Fockers fiscal success at the very least and guaranteeing future viability for the franchise. The original film in 2000 featured a Randy Newman score and a few songs performed by the modern jazz singer himself. At the time, Newman was venturing regularly into the animated children's film domain, a place in which his lazy, upbeat vocals serve a very noble purpose. After wearing his welcome in that genre a tad thin by 2003, Newman provided a refreshingly different score (compared to his usual comedy standard) for Seabisquit. In a journey down memory lane, though, Meet the Fockers gave Newman the opportunity to slide right back into ever-familiar territory, with the filmmakers apparently deciding that the sequel required music nearly identical to what Newman had provided for the first film. So static is the personality of these scores that replacement composer Stephen Trask was specifically asked to ape an identical sound for 2010's Little Fockers (yielding predictably streamlined results). Absent from the third film are the freshly minted Newman songs appearing over the opening and closing credits of Meet the Fockers, however. Newman's parody-level score material reflects the same attitude as the songs in between, and despite the usual, upbeat nature of the composer's involvement, the straight restocking of music from the first film to the second may be one reason why critics didn't find Meet the Fockers to be as novel in its execution.



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278 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.6 Stars
***** 36 5 Stars
**** 38 4 Stars
*** 59 3 Stars
** 71 2 Stars
* 74 1 Stars
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Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N.R.Q. - June 1, 2007, at 7:43 a.m.
1 comment  (1302 views)
i nearly wet my pants
Becky - March 8, 2005, at 6:00 a.m.
1 comment  (2320 views)
What!!??!?
-Danny Ocean - January 31, 2005, at 8:20 p.m.
1 comment  (2120 views)
Filmtracks reviewer needs mental examination
Julio Gomez - January 23, 2005, at 7:42 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 37:23
• 1. We're Gonna Get Married - performed by Randy Newman (2:23)
• 2. Crazy 'Bout My Baby - performed by Randy Newman (2:48)
• 3. Baby and Me (2:11)
• 4. Jack (2:56)
• 5. Meet the Fockers (4:20)
• 6. Suspicious Mind (3:18)
• 7. The Shot (2:12)
• 8. Here's My Plan/It's All Right Now (4:21)
• 9. Going Up the Country - performed by Canned Heat (2:51)
• 10. If I Were a Carpenter - performed by Tim Hardin (2:41)
• 11. Wilderness (Dub) - performed by HeadBone (3:35)
• 12. Dancing - performed by HeadBone (3:42)

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