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Meet The Parents: Little Fockers
For fock's sake...

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Ex-CIA agent Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) is still concerned that his son-in-law Gaylord Focker (Ben Stiller) isn’t good enough for his daughter (Teri Polo), and suspects he is cheating on her with a sales rep (Jessica Alba).

Meet The Parents: Little Fockers
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The universe does not greatly benefit from the addition of a third film to the Meet The Parents franchise, especially since the joke it’s proudest of – the name Focker sounding a bit rude – stopped getting laughs ten minutes into the first movie. The premise was wrung dry in the last two entries, so this falls back on sit-com favourites like the innocent flirtation mistaken for an incipient affair and children puking on grown-ups. Not to mention a four year-old surprising his Dad giving his grandad a penile injection to counter the effects of an unwisely-taken erectile dysfunction medication and then drawing a picture of the incident while auditioning for a posh kindergarten. It seems that uptight Jack is finally ready to trust his son-in-law, and bestows the position of ‘Godfocker’ on him, but as a crowded supporting cast pop in for cameos, the family threatens to melt down several more times.

When De Niro and Harvey Keitel argue about building work, it’s impossible not to remember the pair used to make films like Mean Streets, but are now coasting through in-flight pap like this. Seriously, when was the last time Robert DeNiro – officially the best screen actor of his generation – made a film anyone could care about? Indeed, everyone here – including Owen Wilson, Dustin Hoffman, Blythe Danner, Barbra Streisand, Laura Dern and Deepak Chopra (!) – really ought to find something better to do.

With all these folks in the same movie, there are inevitably moments when Hoffman or Wilson get a laugh, but on the whole it’s the same again but weaker and with fewer good jokes. We’re too tired of the gag even to think of a ‘focker’ line to sign off the review.

Reviewed by Kim Newman

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brilliant comedy!!

i think meet the parents little fockers was very good!! it deserves 4 stars for the fact that the old cast returned and the comedy with jack and greg was just priceless!! as it always has been...a very good instalment to the series :D ... More

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Posted by FilmFanRitchi at 12:37, 18 May 2011 | Report This Post


I have to give Empire credit for the "for focks sake" gag, but this is an enjoyable family comedy, there are fresh laughs, but the main flaw of the film is that the first 20 minutes or so are total shite, the film lacks meet the fockers originality and the film had basically no Streissand or Hoffman , but this is a guilty pleasure my friends, because fellow movie buffs, this is a cheap DVD buy, the kids are annoying what would you expect from a Ben Stiller movie but there are fresh lau... More

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Posted by lewisb548 at 20:14, 09 May 2011 | Report This Post


i watched this film last night and i didnt laugh once in the whole film ... More

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Posted by vinnyjones at 11:04, 06 May 2011 | Report This Post

Standard Comedy Fodder

While the original made the most of it's inspired wordplay and daft embarrassed scenarios (as did the second, to a lesser extent), the third (and hopefully final) of the Focker trilogy attempts to get by with weak and uninspired sight gags and slapstick, and very rare actual wit. There are moments when horseplay yields some results and can result in a laugh or two, but it's not nearly as frequent as it should be, epecially when we know what this cast is capable of ... More

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Posted by blaud at 22:37, 21 March 2011 | Report This Post



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Posted by chrisdagnall at 18:40, 22 January 2011 | Report This Post

Was Alreet I suppose

It was more or less the same as the other films, was the weakest of all 3. After 30mins i was finally interested....In those 30minutes i ate my hotdog and waited for something to happen. Some big laughs yes...but overall like i said, it was the SAME. Dont make a 4th please as the 3rd dragged down what is a great pair of previous films ... More

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Posted by AntGC at 11:52, 02 January 2011 | Report This Post

Terrible movie- but I liked it

This could easily be my guilty pleasure of the year. The plot is obviously heavily recycled from the first two, it relies far to heavily on gross out gags and general shock value, the conflict between the two main characters is resolved in a few seconds, and a drunk, semi nude Jessica Alba at the end is just... wrong. The films is juvenile and lacks almost all the heart of the first two movies. It was clearly made purely to get a buck or two. However, when you have De Niro and Stiller on b... More

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Posted by xzynomorpher at 00:30, 01 January 2011 | Report This Post

Focking awful. ... More

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Posted by cracked actor at 14:13, 30 December 2010 | Report This Post

RE: little focking wonder this is crap

I loved Meet The Parents, liked Meet The Fockers, but this one - just dire. Can't put my finger on seemed rushed and badly edited. Harvey Keitel was a pointless addition who went nowhere. Alba was surplus to requirements - went nowhere either. Laura Dern - yes, you guessed it, went nowhere - a total waste. Also, for a film which was supposedly about the little Fockers, they appeared in maybe 20 minutes of the entire film. They went nowhere either, which is just as well, as th... More

Posted by dark crystal at 13:41, 30 December 2010 | Report This Post

little focking wonder this is crap

I am a fan of the original and second movie, but this effort is a lot of focking rubbish. A lazy effort with very little 'plot'and even less laughs.They must have thought lets throw in all the main characters from the previous ones, which was fair enough but only if they added to the laughter which they didn't. Lets call it a day for the Fockers ... More

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Posted by Andy9063 at 22:14, 29 December 2010 | Report This Post

Really Empire two stars, that is one star too many!

So the third film in the hugely successful franchise as been thrust upon on us, but it is far from a welcome addition to the family. The main reason is it's just devoid of any originality whatsoever and is just complete recycling job of excellent first two outings and one where you can only use the father-son-in-law 'interrogation' theme for so long before it wears incredibly thin. Even the title 'Little Fockers' would have been a good indicator that the main objective and jokes would have ce... More

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Posted by stephenhinton at 23:42, 28 December 2010 | Report This Post

RE: awful shite

Caught this today in a family visit to the cinema and it really isn't very good. It runs out of steam after 25 minutes with its jokes, and then after that has nothing to say. Jessica Alba is just awful and the rest of the cast are severely underused. It's not a badly made film, but it just doesn't have anything to do or anything original to say and as a result we get the overused focker joke trying to carry the film. It sets up a sequel but it feels very forced. This is so underwhelming I can't... More

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Posted by themightyhutch at 02:38, 28 December 2010 | Report This Post

awful shite

c'mon folks, this is pap. total pap. high grade, extremely potent pap. ... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 20:07, 27 December 2010 | Report This Post


I also like the second one, although I admit it's not as good as the first one but, as I said, still enjoyable and worth-watching.  ... More

Posted by GabrielDimas at 18:17, 20 December 2010 | Report This Post

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