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Review: Little Fockers

Little Fockers
Dec. 22, 2010by:
2 10

PLOT: A health scare leads family patriarch Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) to consider his son-in-law Gaylord Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) as the next-in-line to the family throne. Gaylord, desperate to once again win Jacks approval, tries to prove himself up to the task, while juggling his two kids, ignored wife (Teri Polo), and her one-time flame (Owen Wilson), and an amorous pharmaceutical representative (Jessica Alba) who wants Nurse Greg to be the spokesman for a new erectile dysfunction drug. Meanwhile, his own overbearing parents (Barbara Streisand, and Dustin Hoffman) also make their presence known.

REVIEW: Heres a phrase youll likely heard thrown around a lot over the next few weeks: LITTLE FOCKERS focking sucks! While I didnt expect much from this, the third MEET THE PARENTS film, I didnt expect it to be quite as amateurish and slap-dash as it ended up being. The first installment of the series was a cute comedy, but the second installment passed gas. That said, MEET THE FOCKERS is like a Billy Wilder film compared to this utter piece of crap, which I believe is the worst film Robert De Niro or Ben Stiller have ever appeared in (and yes, Ive seen ENVY).


Jay Roach, who directed the previous films, wisely opted out of a third go-round, but I guess De Niro and Stiller both wanted the big payday, so Paul Weitz, who once upon a time made good movies with his brother Chris (AMERICAN PIE, IN GOOD COMPANY, ABOUT A BOY) takes the helm here. Right off the bat, its obvious that all LITTLE FOCKERS is going to be is a bunch of recycled jokes from the first two films strung together by a clumsy plot (with De Niro once again being unsure is Stiller is a worthy addition to his family). Its incredible how shamelessly this steals from the last two films. Remember how the first two ended in chaotic weddings. Well, this one doesnt end with a wedding, but instead with an elaborate birthday party given for the titular LITTLE FOCKERS.

Or remember how in the second film De Niro was having problems satisfying his wife, played by Blythe Danner? Same problem here, resulting in a lame joke where De Niro takes too many of Stillers erectile drugs, and has to get a shot in his dangerously erect penis. Lame-o!

Even worse is a subplot with Jessica Alba, who were supposed to believe becomes instantly smitten with Stiller after helping him give an anal probe to an elderly patient (dont ask). Albas pretty, but shes not funny. Its interesting that Albas been quoted as saying good actors dont follow the script after working on LITTLE FOCKERS, as its obvious everyone here, especially De Niro and Stiller are just making shit up as they go along.


Luckily its all over in ninety minutes, but the film is such a mess it feels like twice that. I didnt laugh once, as all the jokes are all miserably weak. When the idea of comedy is to have Stiller be trapped in ball pit with De Niro hiding amongst the balls while the JAWS theme plays, you know this is going to be a long haul. Or how about a bit where teacher Laura Dern mistakes De Niro and Stiller for a couple. Didn't they do the same thing with John Stamos and Bob Saget on FULL HOUSE?

Another problem is that the film is totally jam-packed with extraneous characters. I mean, why is Owen Wilson in this movie? Sure, he was funny in the first film, but did his character really need to come back? Especially awkward is the shoe-horned in appearance of Dustin Hoffman. If youve been reading about FOCKERS troubled production, youll know that Hoffman wasnt originally in this film, until being added in at the last minute through re-shoots. This is why other than a few cut-ins from Spain (where hes finding himself), a brief rendezvous with Stiller and Streisand, and a tagged on ending, hes barely in it.

Even worse is the wasted opportunity of having Harvey Keitel appear in the film, opposite his old MEAN STREET cohort, De Niro. Sadly, they get only get one lame bit part together, which ends with De Niro buried under a pile of dirt. Hmm, that must have been what he felt like coming to work each day.


I really, really wish De Niro would get back to doing good films again, as its obvious the man still has the goods. His role in STONE (which Ill admit wasnt a perfect film) proved he can still be brilliant, but LITTLE FOCKERS is him slumming it in a big way. As for Stiller, it almost feels like he made a Faustian deal with the Devil to make GREENBERG, and this is the Devil coming to collect. Probably the only good thing to come out of LITTLE FOCKERS is that this will without a doubt be the last installment, as its bad enough that no one, not even the most undiscerning moviegoer, will be clamoring for a sequel after walking out of this train wreck. A Christmas miracle? Perhaps.

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11:36AM on 12/22/2010
FOCK THIS FRANCHISE!
FOCK THIS FRANCHISE!
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8:44AM on 12/22/2010
I like the first one, the second sucked, I foresee the same suckiness in the third. Pass.
P.S.: DeNiro and Stiller should be doing better shit.
I like the first one, the second sucked, I foresee the same suckiness in the third. Pass.
P.S.: DeNiro and Stiller should be doing better shit.
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8:05AM on 12/22/2010
Well, if this makes $200M, number four is inevitable. I don't know what it'll be called. Maybe 'Back to the Fockers'. Greg finds a time machine and the rest writes itself. And after that, why not a crossover special - Night at the Fockers. Except they wouldn't call it that. Too much class. 'Night at the Fockerseum' more likely.
Well, if this makes $200M, number four is inevitable. I don't know what it'll be called. Maybe 'Back to the Fockers'. Greg finds a time machine and the rest writes itself. And after that, why not a crossover special - Night at the Fockers. Except they wouldn't call it that. Too much class. 'Night at the Fockerseum' more likely.
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9:17AM on 12/22/2010
I already wrote a synopsis of what the 4th one would be in my blog.

I really hope that this doesn't even make $20M. Even if it is a success, Stiller and DeNiro should know better than to come back for more of this crap.
I already wrote a synopsis of what the 4th one would be in my blog.

I really hope that this doesn't even make $20M. Even if it is a success, Stiller and DeNiro should know better than to come back for more of this crap.
5:10PM on 12/22/2010

Where is the Soloist?

I'm waiting for his opinion on the movie, because he loves everything shit.

Yeah the movie is horrid, as the second one was.
I'm waiting for his opinion on the movie, because he loves everything shit.

Yeah the movie is horrid, as the second one was.
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4:25PM on 12/22/2010

Proofread

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4:20PM on 12/22/2010
Ben Stiller needs to get back to writing/directing his own projects, that's when he's funniest.
Deniro just needs to quit all together if he's going to keep doing shit like this. The man's destroying his legacy.
Ben Stiller needs to get back to writing/directing his own projects, that's when he's funniest.
Deniro just needs to quit all together if he's going to keep doing shit like this. The man's destroying his legacy.
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7:59PM on 12/22/2010

Flogging a dead horse

Wait a second...
a terrible third movie following a great first movie and a mediocre second does not necessarily a franchise end. Just kill off Stiller, add Ian McShane and Penelope Cruz and you've got yourself another trilogy.
Wait a second...
a terrible third movie following a great first movie and a mediocre second does not necessarily a franchise end. Just kill off Stiller, add Ian McShane and Penelope Cruz and you've got yourself another trilogy.
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12:06AM on 12/23/2010

Zero plan to see this.

The second on was just horrible! I have no plans on sitting through this one. I liked the first one, but they really should have stopped with one.
The second on was just horrible! I have no plans on sitting through this one. I liked the first one, but they really should have stopped with one.
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10:31PM on 12/22/2010

Knew this would be sh*t.

It was bad enough having a stupid 3rd "Shrek" movie which collectively hurt the 1st 2 excellent films. "Meet the Fockers" was painful & I will never watch this crap & I love "Zoolander." I love DeNiro, but ever since the completely overrated "Analyze This," he seems to think he's a comedic actor! He's not & never will be. He needs to go back to his "Raging Bull, GoodFellas, & Casino" roots. That's what he's good at & nobody does it better. This is just a shame. However if Stiller &
It was bad enough having a stupid 3rd "Shrek" movie which collectively hurt the 1st 2 excellent films. "Meet the Fockers" was painful & I will never watch this crap & I love "Zoolander." I love DeNiro, but ever since the completely overrated "Analyze This," he seems to think he's a comedic actor! He's not & never will be. He needs to go back to his "Raging Bull, GoodFellas, & Casino" roots. That's what he's good at & nobody does it better. This is just a shame. However if Stiller & DeNiro are making $20 mil a piece for this (I don't know what they are getting) just about everyone would sacrifice their dignity too.
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2:43PM on 12/22/2010
I just came back from Little Fockers.
It's not the nightmare Mr. Bumbray makes it out to be but it's definitely not good. And I have to say I actually enjoyed Alba's performance, she was cute and sexy and that's all she really needed to be.
5/10.
I just came back from Little Fockers.
It's not the nightmare Mr. Bumbray makes it out to be but it's definitely not good. And I have to say I actually enjoyed Alba's performance, she was cute and sexy and that's all she really needed to be.
5/10.
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