Little Fockers

Posted: May 13, 2011 10:45 am in New Release Review

Little Fockers

PG-13 – 98 Mins – 2010

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Starring Robert De Niro as Jack Byrnes and Ben Stiller as Greg Focker, “Little Fockers” follows the continuing story of the tension and distrust between a man and his father in-law. And now reaching an old age, as the family patriarch, Jack tests Greg to see if he has what it takes to be his successor.

Are they ever going to stop? After “Meet the Parents”, I thought they were kinda pushing it with “Meet the Fockers”. But now they made another entry more focused on the fact that now there are Focker offspring. The jokes are the same, the story line feels the same, and the final result is not that thrilling of a movie. However, the kids really make the movie a whole lot funnier than it would have been if it were just another movie like the other ones.

This film is pretty much your average reunion type film. Every character makes an appearance, and the jokes between characters stays completely the same. Robert De Niro plays Jack, the ever so cautious former CIA operative who has a love hate relationship with Greg. Greg is played by Ben Stiller (he’s looking old these days with the silver hair coming in), who constantly has his last name, Focker, as the butt of numerous jokes. The worst of which is featured in this movie a dozen times, the God Focker. The other parents, the Fockers, are played by Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman. I love these two in those roles. Owen Wilson plays his increasingly annoying character, Kevin Rawley, again. The hijinks caused by Kevin are very old by now and seem awkward in the present storyline. Now for the new characters. Jessica Alba plays a very obnoxious role who’s very reason for being in the film was for a very predictable predicament. And then Kevin Hart, one of my favorite stand up comedians, had a small role. Two more good actors had small roles, Laura Dern (Dr. Ellie Sattler from “Jurassic Park”) and a newer favorite of mine, Harvey Keitel (who I started liking recently due to the “Life on Mars” television series).

I wasn’t very happy with this installment. Yes I chuckled a few times, but the jokes were far too predictable. They were either tired and worn out versions of the jokes that made “Meet the Parents” funny (the “I’m watching you” joke is a great example), or they were the “I saw that coming a mile away” jokes. The Focker jokes are the worst. We get it, his last name sounds like a cuss word. But, aside from that negativity, I did like it. It had it’s moments (mind you, only moments). So I can’t rag on it too much. The scene with the finger and the blood was oddly excessive, and I couldn’t tell if they were going for that to be a comedic thing or not. The sad part is, they couldn’t just let this one be it. The ending is a set up for another one. Maybe with some fresh jokes the next one could breath new life into the franchise.

I guess over all, it’s a fun flick to watch once, especially if you are a fan of the previous films. I definitely wouldn’t watch it more than that, but I liked it for what it was worth. I’ll be surprised if they don’t name the next one “Mother Fockers”.

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