Jack and Greg go at it again for a third round in the Meet the Parents film series. The first movie debuted 10 years ago and was filled with laughs and quotables like “I have nipples. Greg, can you milk me?” But its follow up Meet the Fockers was disappointing and showed us what happens when you have too much of a good thing, therefore Little Fockers is nothing more than a lesson in cinematic overkill.
Check out our review…
- Director: Paul Weitz
- Screenwriter: John Hamburg, Larry Stuckey
- Cast: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Barbra Steisand, Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Alba, Laura Dern, Harvey Keitel, Kevin Hart
- Cinematography By: Remi Adefarasin
- Original Music By: Stephen Trask
Greg and Pam are living a modest life with their twins free and clear from the influence of their insane parents. But when they throw a birthday party for their kids, a pleasant family reunion turns into a horrible free for all. Jack wants Greg to take over as the patriarch of the Byrnes clan, but he suspects that Greg’s having an affair with an attractive drug rep (Jessica Alba). Jack tries to uncover the truth about his extracurricular activities while also keeping his own secret at bay — he had a heart attack.
- Owen Wilson: It’s a sad day when Owen Wilson steals the spotlight in a movie headlined by Robert De Niro. Little Fockers doesn’t have that many bright spots, but the one pleasantry it has going for it is Wilson’s character Kevin. He’s a pseudo-hippie who happens to be an investment banker. He’s rolling in money, and is still secretly in love with his ex Pamela Byrnes-Focker. The character is a walking contradiction in everything he does and he was the root of any comedy generated in this movie.
- The Comedy: Little Fockers is the equivalent to a really bad mid-nineties sitcom. The humor is unoriginal, the jokes are tired, and they don’t know when to let some stuff go. They take one thing (an erectile dysfunction drug) and they beat you over the head with it. It’s not funny the first time and revisiting it over and over isn’t going to change that.
- The Story: There are so many elements to this story that you just don’t care about. There are too many moving pieces in the plot that’s already weighed down. Do we really need Harvey Keitel as the lazy contractor? No. Do we need a subplot centering around why Stiller’s daughter isn’t talking to him? No.
- The Characters: Just like the story, there are plenty of characters here that you don’t care about or need. Keitel is obviously one, Jessica Alba’s Andi Garcia (that name is supposed to be hilarious), and Laura Dern’s school principal were all one dimensional parodies. They weren’t interesting.
Little Fockers isn’t funny. It’s not fun. And most importantly, it didn’t need to be made. This is not how you want to spend your holiday weekend.
Little Fockers opens in theaters nationwide on December 22.
Will you be seeing Little Fockers this weekend?