Meet the Fockers: an Analysis of Interpersonal Communication

3491 Words Mar 15th, 2012 14 Pages
Meet the Fockers is a movie about two families who meet to prepare for a wedding, but some funny and surprising things get in the way when secrets are revealed. Ben Stiller plays the groom, Greg Focker, and Teri Polo plays Pam Byrnes, the bride. The two of them decide to finally bring their families together to settle out wedding plans. As the their families get to know each other things do not go well. Greg knows that his family is not a typical family so he tries to impress Pam's family by downplaying the strange ways of his parents. This paper studies communication in the movie by looking closely at eight specific communication principles and applying them to eight scenes.
1. Elements of Interpersonal Communication - Feed Forward

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3. Evaluate the strategies in the scene
The strategies in this scene are good. It shows that even though families are different culturally, they can come together and set aside differences. It shows that people can change too. Jack did not like Greg at first and tried to keep him and Pam apart. In this scene, you can tell Jack supports Pam, even if he still is not completely comfortable. Also, part of the ceremony is done in Hebrew. Mark, the friend who does the ceremony, translated from English to Hebrew so that everyone knew what he was saying.
4. Suggest improvements
I think it would be better if Mark would have shared the differences in Pam and Greg's religions and how they came to combine the two as they get married. Sometimes people are in intercultural situations but they don't know it. It wasn't clear in the movie what Pam and Greg would have had to do (in reality) to join the cultures by marriage.
5. Reflect on your own ability to use the concept.
The sports teams that I have played on have had athletes from many different cultural backgrounds. At times, it was hard to understand others who didn't speak English. This intercultural communication caused confusion on the field. Also it was sometimes hard to talk to those who had different views on certain things or who assumed you understood different play patterns or drills. As a team, we had to work hard on understanding each other. Sometimes, like
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