AccessReel Reviews – Meet The Parents , Little Fockers

AccessReel Reviews – Meet The Parents , Little Fockers

The test of wills between Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) and Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) escalates to new heights of comedy in the third installment of the blockbuster series-Little Fockers. Laura Dern, Jessica Alba and Harvey Keitel join the returning all-star cast for a new chapter of the worldwide hit franchise. It has taken 10 years, two little Fockers with wife Pam (Polo) and countless hurdles for Greg to finally get “in” with his tightly wound father-in-law, Jack. After the cash-strapped dad takes a job moonlighting for a drug company, however, Jack’s suspicions about his favorite male nurse come roaring back. When Greg and Pam’s entire clan-including Pam’s lovelorn ex, Kevin (Owen Wilson)-descends for the twins’ birthday party, Greg must prove to the skeptical Jack that he’s fully capable as the man of the house. But with all the misunderstandings, spying and covert missions, will Greg pass Jack’s final test and become the family’s next patriarch… or will the circle of trust be broken for good?

Back in 2000 was the first time we met Gaylord Focker and Jack Byrnes on the big screen in the box office hit ‘Meet the Parents’ and since then we had the sequel in 2004 ‘Little Fockers’ and now 10 years after the first they reunite again for ‘Little Fockers’.

I was really happy to see them all back on screen I did enjoy the original film but this time I just felt it was the same movie, the same jokes, the same one liners and basically it was like I had seen it all before, don’t get me wrong there are still some rather hilarious scenes but as a whole I was just really let down. Performance wise they all delivered what they needed to, there were a few over the top scenes that I feel were just went on forever. The standout once again for me was Owen Wilson for some reason every time he was on screen you always manage to laugh out loud and I will say that Jessica Alba was a great addition as the overly cute but can’t handle her booze Andi. I was a little disappointed with the complete lack of screen time for Dustin Hoffman for an actor of his calibre and his hilarious take on Bernie Focker I really just wanted to see more.

For fans of the films there’s a good chance you will love this movie as much as the first two and maybe I’m just being to harsh but to me when there are sequels they should improve on the last and continue to “build” the franchise and this one just didn’t. Just maybe its time to lay the Fockers to rest and bring on a new family comedy?

Little Fockers hits Cinemas on Boxing Day, I give this film 2.5 out of 5.