Director: Paul Weitz
Writer: John Hamburg/Larry Stuckley
Producer: Jane Rosenthal/Robert De Niro/Jay Roach/John Hamburg
Starring: Robert De Niro/Ben Stiller/Owen Wilson/Blythe Danner/Teri Polo/Jessica Alba/Dustin Hoffman/Barbra Streisand
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 98 minutes
Meet the Parents was a brilliant comedy, which was original in its own right and something that every couple can relate to. Meet the Fockers, the sequel, wasn’t exactly as fantastic as the first but it was still watchable and it had it’s moments. Little Fockers, however, has no moments in the movie at all as it just wasn’t funny. Greg and Pam are now happily married with two ten-year-old children. Also, Greg and Jack, Pam’s father, are getting along better than ever. However, after Greg takes a job moonlighting for a drug company, Jack’s suspicions about Greg arise again. When Greg and Pam’s family, including Pam’s ex Kevin, come together for the twin’s birthday, Greg must prove to Jack that he can be the man of the house (or ‘The Godfocker’ as Jack says). However, with a lot of misunderstandings and awkward situations, it’s not going to be easy for Greg. This is nothing like the last two movies as this doesn’t even have anything memorable or hardly any moments which made you grin, it was more or less an embarrassment from start to finish with a couple of moments which made you want to laugh but, at best, managed a two-second chuckle. There were a few scenes that were embarrassing but not because it was meant to make you feel like that for the characters, but because you were embarrassed for the director and writers for coming up with such tripe.
The acting in the movie was good as the old cast were the same as they were in the previous movies and, although Owen Wilson wasn’t too bad as his character Kevin, he became extremely boring and tedious after five minutes. Jessica Alba played the airhead pharmaceutical rep Andi well but, just like Owen Wilson’s character, she became boring and annoying within minutes. All of the characters in the movie were really uninteresting and not funny in the slightest. The worst thing about Little Fockers is it’s humour as there’s nothing funny about it. It’s more or less unfunny all the way through with the exception of a couple of scenes. It reminded you of sitting through a 90-minute torturous comedy movie that’s extremely predictable with horrible characters constantly doing unfunny things with an ending you saw coming from a mile away, making you question why you sat through an hour and a half of total garbage in the first place.
So I admit that I was a little bit intrigued to see how this would work out but I still kept my expectations very low, as I predicted that this wouldn’t be as good as Meet The Parents and I was right. If you compared Meet the Parents to Little Fockers, you can tell that Meet the Parents had much more love, time and thought than any part of Little Fockers. Little Fockers felt like it was made purely for the money and half of the time, it felt like Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro and the rest of the cast did it for the money as well and nothing else. There was nothing in the movie that hadn’t already been done in it’s previous two movies or any other cliché comedy movie and goes over old ground with it’s characters. Overall, Little Fockers shouldn’t exist and remains to be a horrible and an unwelcome addition to the Focker movies. What can be possibly worse than Little Fockers? The answer to that question is a hint of another Focker movie being made! It’s time for the writers to leave the Fockers alone and let them move on. Another question that will most likely never be answered is why on earth is the movie called Little Fockers when Greg’s children are hardly in the movie?
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