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There was an early screening of Little Fockers and we've got a review

Jun. 23, 2010by: Mike Sampson

Last night Universal Pictures test screened LITTLE FOCKERS here in New Jersey and while I couldn't make it, I sent one of my NJ spies to go check it out. The trailer for the film will be online soon (and in theaters with GROWN UPS) but here's our first look at what the film is about. We've kept the spoilers to a minimum but our reader says the film is "unnecessary" but still "hilarious." Check it out below!

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The film picks up five years after the events of Meet the Fockers. Greg and Pam are now the parents of soon-to-be five year old twins, named Henry and Sam. Greg's been under a lot of pressure - he's been overseeing renovations on their new home and enjoying a higher position at the hospital, both of which do not help with raising two kids. (He's no longer just a nurse.)

To make matters worse, Jack (Robert DeNiro in top form) is concerned about the future of his family, as he has been its "leader" for some time, and is now looking to entrust Greg with the title of Byrnes Family Keeper. Of course, this leads to the usual antics between the two, and Jack once again seeing if he can trust Greg with the well-being of his loved ones.

I'll just come out and say it first thing: the film worked, and had a good share of hilarious gags and big laughs, none of which I will give away here. However, I will say that there were at least two instances where I was in pain from laughing so hard. It also sported a supporting role from Jessica Alba - she plays a drug rep in talks with Greg about a new medication for the hospital - which wasn't as bad as I expected, and this film was probably the best stuff I've seen from her since, well, I can't remember when.

Here's what I didn't like:

- Barbra Streisand reprises her role as Greg's mom Roz, and she is totally underused; she pops up three times in the movie and says nothing remotely funny.

-No Dustin Hoffman. Are you kidding?! They referenced his absence through some poor excuse, and I believe his presence would have definitely given this film a good boost. Guess he didn't need the paycheck.

- Owen Wilson. His role as Kevin plays a more substantial part this time around like in the original film, but I found him annoying, as I did in the previous two films. His character comes off as irritating and obnoxious. I did not find him humorous.

- Harvey Keitel. Loved that this guy has a bit role as a contractor, but it's just that - a bit role. He seemed wasted, and was another character not entirely funny.

- The two twins. While I thoroughly enjoyed the one-liners from Henry, Samantha came off as a little brat. (You'll understand when you see the film...or you won't.) However, my real pickle with the two of them is that they're criminally underused. If you are going to name the film after the two young tykes, then get them involved more. The previous two films centered around the Byrnes and Focker elders and their relationship with their son-in-law/son, and I think that's part of the reason those films worked. (The titles obviously fit those films, too.) While Greg's relationship with his children was a major part of the story this time around, it still wasn't as fleshed out as it should or could have been.

Although this film is exactly six months to the day from release, it seems like it pretty much complete, and is fine as is. I read online some place recently that Raven Symone was playing the nanny of the two kids, but she was nowhere to be found in this film. If she was originally supposed to be in the film and did shoot her part, I guess it's already on the cutting room floor.

Overall, all of these flaws can be considered minor, because as I aforementioned, the films does pull it off, and the story was enjoyable enough. Was it unnecessary? Sure, but it capped off the series in a well-rounded manner and had the theatre in stitches. Meet the Fockers is still my favorite of the three, but if I had to rank them, I would put that film first, and have Little Fockers on par with Meet the Parents for a close second.

In other words, if you liked the first two, you're almost bound to like this one.

Source: JoBlo.com

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12:41AM on 06/25/2010
The first one was pretty funny, albeit sporadically. The second one was utter trash, so I'll be giving this one a miss until it pops up on TV or on a plane that still loops movies.
The first one was pretty funny, albeit sporadically. The second one was utter trash, so I'll be giving this one a miss until it pops up on TV or on a plane that still loops movies.
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7:37PM on 06/24/2010
Wait let me get this straight, his name is Gay Focker? Bahahaha
Wait let me get this straight, his name is Gay Focker? Bahahaha
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5:50PM on 06/23/2010

Meet the Fockers was less than mediocre.

Looking forward to this film, but if it's anything like "Meet the Fockers" I won't enjoy it. If it's like "Meet the Parents" then I'll be happy. Owen Wilson added nothing to any of the films. I don't know who's fault it is, but he should not have been in any of them as he added nothing. He was OK in "Meet the Parents" but I honestly don't even remember him in the sequel! Shows how much it impacted any part of the story.
Looking forward to this film, but if it's anything like "Meet the Fockers" I won't enjoy it. If it's like "Meet the Parents" then I'll be happy. Owen Wilson added nothing to any of the films. I don't know who's fault it is, but he should not have been in any of them as he added nothing. He was OK in "Meet the Parents" but I honestly don't even remember him in the sequel! Shows how much it impacted any part of the story.
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2:44PM on 06/23/2010
I'm really surprised at the amount of people who like Meet the Fockers. I thought that was a terrible movie. Meet the Parents was great though and i still don't think a sequel was or is needed.
I'm really surprised at the amount of people who like Meet the Fockers. I thought that was a terrible movie. Meet the Parents was great though and i still don't think a sequel was or is needed.
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2:40PM on 06/23/2010
Your tastes do come under suspicion here, sorry. "Fockers" was reprehensible, stale, and added nothing to anything. The fact that it's your favorite of the three makes me worried as hell.
Your tastes do come under suspicion here, sorry. "Fockers" was reprehensible, stale, and added nothing to anything. The fact that it's your favorite of the three makes me worried as hell.
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2:37PM on 06/23/2010
Just the fact that Meet The Fockers is his favorite worries me.
Just the fact that Meet The Fockers is his favorite worries me.
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2:11PM on 06/23/2010
I can't wait to see this! Meet the Parents was lame as all hell, but Fockers was SOOOO good. I remember seeing that and turning to my friend and saying this is the funniest movie i've ever seen. i'm yet to see a funnier movie in the last 10 years. maybe 15 or more. I'm glad they didn't bring Dustin Hoffman back though, he wasn't funny at all in fockers. they should bring back the other guy who looks like ben stiller lol
I can't wait to see this! Meet the Parents was lame as all hell, but Fockers was SOOOO good. I remember seeing that and turning to my friend and saying this is the funniest movie i've ever seen. i'm yet to see a funnier movie in the last 10 years. maybe 15 or more. I'm glad they didn't bring Dustin Hoffman back though, he wasn't funny at all in fockers. they should bring back the other guy who looks like ben stiller lol
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2:01PM on 06/23/2010

What if, hey

If I didn't like Meet the Fockers (I mean not at all!) Should I even see this? Might be a DVD rental thing...
If I didn't like Meet the Fockers (I mean not at all!) Should I even see this? Might be a DVD rental thing...
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9:59AM on 06/23/2010
I like Meet the Parents but hate Meet the Fockers. Hope Little Fockers turns out well.
I like Meet the Parents but hate Meet the Fockers. Hope Little Fockers turns out well.
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9:26AM on 06/23/2010

Could care less, but...

...I'll see this before I'll watch another Transformers film!
...I'll see this before I'll watch another Transformers film!
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9:21AM on 06/23/2010
Liked the first two films, looking forward to this. Although a bit disappointed Hoffman isn't involved this time around...
Liked the first two films, looking forward to this. Although a bit disappointed Hoffman isn't involved this time around...
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9:05AM on 06/23/2010

Liked Fockers way more...

Dustin Hoffman made Fockers so much better and losing him in this movie really blows.
Dustin Hoffman made Fockers so much better and losing him in this movie really blows.
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8:51AM on 06/23/2010
No way in hell am I seeing this any time soon. Hated Parents, hated Fockers, and I don't think I'll be feeling any different.
No way in hell am I seeing this any time soon. Hated Parents, hated Fockers, and I don't think I'll be feeling any different.
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9:31AM on 06/23/2010
R U a fuckin robot.. Because u don't seem to like anything.. Why even bother with this site???
R U a fuckin robot.. Because u don't seem to like anything.. Why even bother with this site???
2:38PM on 06/23/2010
I am with you. This series sucks.
I am with you. This series sucks.
12:54AM on 06/24/2010
Hey everyone has their own opinions... and Obviously by his picture he likes Serenity and/or Firefly... which is awesome!


ANd yeahh this series sucks... Parents was pretty good but my god was Fockers horrible... have no desire to see this
Hey everyone has their own opinions... and Obviously by his picture he likes Serenity and/or Firefly... which is awesome!


ANd yeahh this series sucks... Parents was pretty good but my god was Fockers horrible... have no desire to see this
8:39AM on 06/23/2010

Fockers better than Parents?

Good review. Happy to see this is finally coming out, but I highly disagree with you. Meet the Parents is a lot more hilarious than Fockers. My parents (who are Jewish) even found the antics in Fockers to get a little ridiculous. Meet the Parents, imo is in the category of comedy classics...why? Because it WAS original and fresh and nothing was reused. Anyways, can't wait to see Jack and Greg dish out more hijinks this holiday season.
Good review. Happy to see this is finally coming out, but I highly disagree with you. Meet the Parents is a lot more hilarious than Fockers. My parents (who are Jewish) even found the antics in Fockers to get a little ridiculous. Meet the Parents, imo is in the category of comedy classics...why? Because it WAS original and fresh and nothing was reused. Anyways, can't wait to see Jack and Greg dish out more hijinks this holiday season.
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