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Little Fockers (2010)

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4.7
 / 10
3 votes
Genres:
Comedy, Domestic Comedy
Director:
Paul Weitz Paul Weitz
Starring:
Robert De Niro Robert De Niro
Ben Stiller Ben Stiller
Owen Wilson Owen Wilson
Dustin Hoffman Dustin Hoffman
Barbra Streisand Barbra Streisand
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Review by bluemeanie
Added: December 24, 2010
"I'm having a dick attack!" These words are, at one point, uttered by Robert De Niro, arguably one of the greatest actors in the history of cinema. At this point in the film his character, Jack Byrnes, is wearing a robe with his penis sticking out a few inches because he's taken an erectile dysfunction medication to improve his sex life. In truth, De Niro has several moments like this in the film. I cringed a few times watching this once great actor stoop to such lows in the name of crude and, many times, fruitless attempts at humor. What in the hell has happened to this man? Does he genuinely not care anymore? Has he given up? You bet your focking ass he has.

So here's the deal -- this whole film revolves around a birthday party for the twins belonging to Greg (Ben Stiller) and Pam (Teri Polo). Jack (Robert De Niro) gives Greg this whole speech about being the 'godfocker' and being ready to lead the family in the event of Jack's demise. You see, Jack has a wee heart attack early in the film and is now thinking about the end. Enter Kevin (Owen Wilson) who has come back into the picture to make things even more complicated. Jessica Alba co-stars as a pharmaceutical rep who has the hots for Focker; Laura Dern as the headmistress of a prestigious early learning school; and Harvey Kietel as a day laborer.

I neglect to mention both Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand because there is really no reason for them to be in this film. It's almost like they were thrown in at the last minute. Their scenes make no sense, don't connect to the central plot and have nothing behind them. In truth, Streisand is particularly bland and uneventful here. For a woman who is so selective about what she does, "Little Fockers" will always be an enigma to me. Elsewhere, Stiller does what he always does but seems to be having less fun doing it. I have to think he is just as tired as we are of seeing this crap. Owen Wilson is the brightest spot of the entire film. Sure he's doing Owen Wilson but he has the best material and seems to be enjoying himself. The same can be said for Laura Dern who takes a very small role and really does some interesting things with it.

The first "Meet the Parents" film was flat out funny. It showed us De Niro could do comedy and it was well written, acted and composed. "Meet the Fockers" was a lame attempt to cash in on the success of the first film and only managed a hand full of genuine laughs. "Little Fockers" is no better or worse than the second film. It has a few laughs but none as memorable as in the first film. The worst thing about the new film is that they've made it so crude and relied heavily on gross-out humor. The first film didn't need that to be funny. "Little Fockers" is not a disaster but I do hope it ends this franchise. Please go out on a mediocre note. 5/10.
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TM #1: TM - added 10/15/2011, 05:51 PM
Completely agree with the review, the "Fockers" trilogy is completely played out anymore, and this movie seemed like a cash in from all of them.
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