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Filmworks Double

Published on February 7th 2005.

Win tickets for Meet the Fockers and Ocean's Twelve! - see below...

With the Oscars coming up, now’s the time to get down to the cinema and start catching up with some of the films that are out at the moment.

But its not just the Oscar contenders like Ray, Million Dollar Baby, Closer and, heaven forbid, Vera Drake that are out at the moment, with sequels to two previous favourites also showing on the big screen at thefilmworks.

Meet The Fockers (We'd better watch the typos with this one!) reunites the cast of 2000’s Meet The Parents and this time introduces Ben Stiller’s ‘parents’ Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand to the successful comedy franchise that’s already proved that De Niro CAN do comedy.

Having finally won over De Niro’s ex-CIA agent, its time for the roles to be reversed with Stiller forced to take his future wife and in-laws to meet his own, hippy parents.

Cue more laughs-a-plenty and uncomfortableness for De Niro as he faces up to Streisand’s middle aged sex therapist and Hoffman’s yoga loving dad. There’s also more predictable embarrassment for Stiller as proud dad Hoffman shows off his son’s tenth placed sports trophies to de Niro.

There are plenty of cheap laughs to be had, but if you were making a film called Meet The Fockers, then let's face it, you'd milk them for all they were worth wouldn't you?

The film also has welcome returns for Owen Wilson and Mr Jinx, who’s provided with even more ammunition this time as he comes up against the Fockers’ dog, with the toilet flushing pussy gaining some exacting revenge on the mutt.

The film has the same feel good banter as the first, with the cast blending well again, Stiller and Owen are the film comedy double act of the decade so far.

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We’ve got a pair of tickets up for grabs to see Meet The Fockers at thefilmworks. All you’ve got to do is answer the following question: Who plays Ben Stiller’s dad in the new movie?

Email us your answers…. C’mon, the answer’s in the review!

The Printworks
Withy Grove,
M4 2BS
Tel: 08700 10 20 30

Ocean’s Twelve also sees a completely reunited cast for the follow up to 2001’s Ocean Eleven, itself a remake of the 1960 rat pack movie starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

As if any more glamour was needed to an already self-liking cast, Catherine Zeta Jones has joined Clooney, Pitt et al.

Clooney has successfully updated the spirit of the 60’s rat pack, jetting his suited and booted pals around some of Europe’s best known landmarks. Unfortunately, this also establishes a developing hatred (alright….jealousy) at Clooney, Pitt and Damon, waltzing around generally having a laugh. If someone had invested some of the travelling expenses into a employing a better script writer we might have had a decent movie on our hands.

For the record, after being ripped off to the tune of $190 million from the last movie, Andy Garcia understandably wants his money back. After contacting them individually, Ocean’s gang members, who have whittled away their cash in one way or another, set up three more separate heists across Europe.

Cue twists, a generally unbelievable plot, and some awful dialogue…”Nothing is worth nothing”….please!

Still, Ocean’s Twelve is a complete success in the looks department, the best looking film of the year, and should boost the sales of Armani suits. Getting together the same cast for the sequel with production in Europe is some achievement for director Steven Soderbergh, but after the director’s success of the razor sharp witted first film, coupled with a great CV that includes Out of Sight and Traffic, you won’t be alone in sharing some sympathy with Garcia’s character and generally feeling a tad ripped off. Great to look at nonetheless.

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You can win tickets to see this movie at thefilmworks by answering the following question: Who starred as Danny Ocean in the 1960 film Ocean’s Eleven? Email us your answers to be in with a chance of winning! Again the answer’s in the review….

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