Greg and father-in-law Jack continue to battle in this sequel to “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers”.
Jack is getting old. He is realising that he would not be able to run the family forever. The only candidate for the job is his son-in-law Greg. But is Greg really suitable for such a hefty responsibility?
Ok, I will say this up front. This is not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination. The jokes are mostly recycled from the previous two movies, anyone can predict within the first ten minutes what is going to happen, and absolutely nothing new is brought to the table. And, yes, they find any way possible to play on the “Focker” name.
It is beyond me why they even titled this cash-in “Little Fockers” as it suggests that the Focker children are the focus. Oh no, this film is still solidly about the rivalry between ever-suffering Greg and his father-in law. In fact the only storyline that focused on the children was to do with a school that Greg and wife Pam were attempting to get their kids into, but then the subplot was dropped entirely and never mentioned again, rendering it completely pointless.
Of cause a new character was dropped into the mix. Greg takes a job moonlighting for a drug company with the beautiful Andi. Oh yes, you can already tell where this story leads, much suspicion; its already been done to death countless times before. It wouldn’t be so bad if Andi was not such a terribly boring character.
I also cannot help but wonder what has happened to Robert De Nero. The man use to be such a respected actor in his time, but look at what he has been reduced to. There was a scene where Jack took a Viagra pill and, of cause, things went wrong. I had to sit and watch the legendary De Nero play out a cheap knob-gag where Greg had to stick a syringe into Jack’s erection. Robert, come along now, you need to learn to say no, retain some dignity after “Batman and Robin”.
However, I have to admit that I have come to quite like these characters. “Little Fockers” was just like slipping into an old pair of slippers: sure they may not be new or particularly exciting, but you have come to love them for their familiarity. So I have to confess, I enjoyed this movie more than I probably should had.
I could also have done with more of Greg’s parents, Bernie and Roz. Whenever Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand were on screen I could not help but smile. They positively glow, and their characters are just so lovable. It felt like they were the only two actors who actually wanted to be in this movie.
But, all-in-all, I would suggest a rental for this one. It is certainly not worth rushing out to see. It may be a nice and cosy film, but it is old and tattered, like much loved slippers.
My rating: 04/10