Little Fockers is the third instalment in the Meet The Parents Trilogy. The main question is though, who asked for a third instalment?
The original meet the parents had been a wonderfully crafted and charming comedy about a guy trying to get his future in-laws to like and respect him with fun moments throughout. Then came the sequel Meet the Fockers, the guy was now married and future in-laws were now just in-laws instead the focus shifted to the two sets of parents finally meeting. It was less funny than the original but still solid in its own right. Now we have Little Fockers which manages to fall even lower than its predecessor.
Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is now head of his nursing department while his wife Pam (Teri Polo) is now a stay at home mum looking after the twins. Pam’s parents Jack (Robert De Nero) and Dina (Blythe Danner) are visiting for the twins birthday’s. Something which Greg is struggling to set up a party for. Cue the classic franchise tension between Greg and jack and they battle for the right to be head of the family.
Meanwhile Greg has some business to attend to in his nursing job. After being asked to give a speech at a convention by Andi (Jessica Alba) he tries to keep it a secret from Pam. Jack however, has different ideas and his ever suspicious personality and CIA background come into play. Jack finds some of the experimental drug Greg is due to give a speech on and suspects Greg of hiding something like he’s not as attracted to Pam as he once was.
Little Fockers is a movie loaded with talent bring back piviotal characters from the previous two movies including performances from Robert De Nero, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbara Steisand, Owen Wilson, Harvey Kietel and Lara Dern. With this kind of A-list talent and star studded roster it’s hard to see how the film could fail, sadly though it does.
Very early in the movie Little Fockers shows its hand providing a glimpse of the type of humour the rest of the movie will use. This involves trying to turn an enema into a c
omedic piece and setting the bar low for the rest of the runtime. From their there are some moments of laughter but overall there will be more head shaking to cringe worthy sequences than laughing out loud moments as the viewer wonders what were the writers thinking?
That there is the problem, what were they thinking? Little Fockers is the third in a tired franchise, the characters were done in the original Meet the Parents without the need for a sequel. Somehow though Meet the Fockers worked bringing together both sides of the family but this sequel is a step too for the characters the script is gives them nothing to do probably because they were done after Meet the Fockers, it’s time to let these characters be.