James Ireland On December - 30 - 2010

After buying the box set to revisit the first two films, I was quite looking forward to Meet The Fockers. The film starring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller seems to be a bit of a un-sung classic comedy of the noughties. Several years since the second film, can it bite back and deliver the same humorous relationship between the Byrnes and Focker family?

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? Written by Universal Pictures

Verdict: Little Fockers is still centralised around the untrusting nature between Robert Deniro and Ben Stiller’s characters. The films title is a continuation from the second film ending in that Pam was pregnant. Back again is Dustin Hoffman and the ball achingly ugly Barbara Streisand. Everything starts magically for the Fockers, but things begin to go downhill as soon as Greg gets the opportunity to make some extra money doing a presentation for a Viagara tablet. The film does have quite a few laughs, it somehow doesn’t manage to eclipse the first two films. Perhaps this is because the children in the film really do not feature as major characters and that all the character relationships are already built. The ending of the film is predictable and whilst entertaining there really has been no effort by the writer to re-invent the wheel. There are some nice carry overs from the previous films, the Byrnes family now have an active sex life and De Niro still is adament about the circle of trust.

It’s not quite the romp I was hoping for. Whilst some of the scenes were very funny, a large portion of the film glazed over me. Is it worth the price of a cinema ticket? No. Is it worth buying on DVD to complete your collection? Yes. What it simply doesn’t do is surpass anything it has already done before.

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2 Responses

  1. I agree with the review. I watched it on a Veetle stream and this has to be the weakest film in the series. The best thing about the film for me was Jessica Alba’s sex appeal. I’ve been hearing great things about Black Swan. Can we get a review of that film?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Black Swan, I’ll get it added to my Lovefilm rental list :) Oh btw, new forums now up. Running on PHPBB3 so spam will not take over the board :D

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