Film Forum

Episode Recap

Episode 4

February 1, 2005

Films Reviewed: In Good Company and Meet the Fockers

Commentary: Preventing Bootlegging?

Featurette: Behind the scenes of Kinsey

Regarding In Good Company:

Matt: It's great to see an honest film about what has become increasingly common: corporations.  Dennis Quaid's ad man is excellent next to Topher Grace's younger boss role.  Hard to believe that Topher mainly does "That 70's Show".  Also fine performances by Scarlett Johansson, Marg Helgenberger and David Paymer.  Darn shame this one didn't get any Oscar nominations.  Three and a half stars.

Aron: This is a film about awkward situations played by not so awkward actors.  All the performances were top shelf and Paul Weitz's script was also excellent.  Maybe future generations will see this film and be reminded of what we had to go through at this point in their lives.  A refreshing, honest film.  Three and a half stars from me as well.

Average Rating: ***1/2 (out of ****)

Regarding Meet the Fockers:

Aron: This sequel to Meet the Parents delivers bigger laughs than the first one!  Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand are perfect as the new set of parents who get to meet their future daughter-in-law.  And De Niro is still in fine form!  Three and a half stars!

Matt: I didn't care for the first film, and the only thing going for this one is Barbara Streisand.  Now I understand what her legion of fans see in her!  Unfortunately, this film has too many of the same characters in the first film, and they're all spineless as they were then.  Stay away!  One Half A Star.

Average Rating: ** (out of ****)

Commentary: The new film from Fox, Hide and Seek, was shipped to theaters this weekend missing its final reel (which arrived separately).  Was this done to hype the film's suspense?  Or was it done to prevent piracy?  Aron and Matt discussed why this took place. 

Featurette: Behind the scenes of Kinsey, starring Liam Neeson as pioneering sex researcher Alfred Kinsey.  Definitely check this film out.