The Graduate star has two children from his first marriage to Anne Byrne and four with his current wife Lisa Gottsegen.
However, Hoffman admits he should have been more involved as his kids were growing up, and is devastated not to be able to recall key events from their childhoods.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "The most terrifying thing for me is when I look at pictures of my kids growing up. I've been married for 31 years, raising all these kids. The youngest is 25 and my wife remembers exactly what happened the day the picture was taken, exactly where everyone was. I can't remember any of it.
"It's terrifying because you realise you were there, but you weren't there. Because if you were really engaged in your life you would retain those memories, and I didn't. The oddest thing is that I'll be surfing the channels on TV and suddenly see a movie I did. I'll stop and watch a few minutes and remember exactly where I was that day, exactly what the problems were filming.
"Everything about that day will come back to me and I say to myself, 'Why don't I have that kind of memory about my life? Why is it just my work?'"
Ryan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Jennifer (Claire Forlani) first met on a plane when they were 12. He’s terrified of planes she promptly tells him about her first period so it’s granted that they don’t exactly click. Fast-forward to high school where they bump into each other again. Now he’s the school mascot she’s the homecoming queen. No sparks. Fast forward to college where he’s the geeky engineering major (yes you read correctly) and she’s the free-spirited rocker-dating Latin student. Finally here they become friends help each other with their love issues and despite their opposing viewpoints … well take a guess.
Prinze the BMOC in "She’s All That " is supposed to be an anal-retentive doofus. And while the pageboy cut (split down the middle) and glasses do little to mask his good looks he plays against type surprisingly well doing his best to rise above the cliché-filled script. Forlani who was calm and luminous in the sluggish "Meet Joe Black " still has "proper British upbringing" written all over her so she’s not really believable as an outrageous one-night-stander (she also looks too old for Prinze). Heather Donahue (showing a promising comedy career post-"Blair Witch") and Amanda Detmer make a great supporting cast but the show is stolen by an underused Jason Biggs. As Ryan’s woman-chasing roommate Biggs also gets the single funniest scene in the film which you’ll miss if you walk about before the credits roll.
"She’s All That" director Robert Iscove is back and using the same traits again. First we have the you-are-there flashback narration ("So I was watching him play with his band " a character might reflect in her dorm room and suddenly she’s sitting at the concert still in her pajamas). Then there’s the choreographed dance number. Disguised as a scene to show Ryan trying to loosen up at a "foam club" (like a car wash soapy water douses the dancers) it’s really an excuse to show off Iscove’s choreography background by having all patrons wiggle simultaneously to Apollo Four Forty’s "Stop the Rock." It’s cute and all but the biggest faux pas Iscove makes is having Ryan and Jennifer take a "walk" from Berkeley … and miraculously wind up at the Golden Gate bridge.