Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro are back again for another unwanted sequel to Meet the Parents, originally titled Little Fockers. Sadly, that's the only original attribute of the comedy, which rehashes many of the previous jokes to less-than-desirable results.
In Little Fockers, Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) and his wife (Teri Polo) have two young children. Greg is on better terms with his father-in-law Jack (Robert De Niro) than ever before, but they still rub each other the wrong way. When a beautiful young woman (Jessica Alba) enters the picture, Jack begins to suspect that Greg is having an affair. Crazy antics ensue.
Little Fockers, like its predecessor, is a harmless little picture. It's easy to watch, not too offensive and has enough goofy moments to keep you entertained.
But it's not a good movie. It's not a clever movie. It is a cash grab, nothing more.
If you've seen Meet the Parents, which you probably have, Little Fockers is no different except the jokes aren't as punchy, the humor is unoriginal and the plot immediately forgettable. The original had charm because it was based around a simple concept - meeting the in-laws - and created exaggerated situations based upon that concept.
Two sequels later, the characters are more subdued and less interesting. It doesn't make sense for Jack and Greg to hate each other - they've made up in the past two movies - so in Little Fockers, the screenwriters don't even try. But the whole movie is built upon the two hating each other, so the screenwriters try to force their antagonism down the audience's throats with contrived and ridiculous situations.
More importantly, Little Fockers isn't very funny. The sequel, Meet the Fockers, was pretty stupid but it was funny at times (sorry, did I just lose your respect?). Little Fockers isn't. There's not a single memorable joke in the entire movie. And yes, it's a comedy.
At least Jessica Alba strips down to her bra and underwear.
Little Fockers is a waste of time and money, explicitly designed to waste your time and your money. It's not utterly terrible, but it fails in all aspects of what comedies are supposed to do: make you laugh.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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