Entertainment Magazine: Film: 2010: "Little Fockers"

Little Fockers - Bad in a Bad Way

I can't remember much about the first two Focker films, which isn't a particularly good sign, but I know for sure I will never forget the third, and not because I was entertained.

This latest addition to the series is juvenile, hackneyed, without one funny moment and all other comedies can now be judged with a simple "Was it as bad as Little Fockers?"       

Both sets of in-laws are going to join Greg (Ben Stiller) and Pam (Teri Polo) for their grandchildren's fifth birthday.  Meanwhile, Greg has been offered a commission by a drug rep, Andi, to promote the latest version of Viagra.  Jack (Robert De Niro) becomes suspicious about his son-in-law's relationship with the attractive Andi and tries to engineer a marital split, despite the couple claiming that they are still in love.

The definition of a farce, which is the only genre this film can be described as, is "a light dramatic work in which improbable situations and exaggerated characters are used for humorous effect".

Jack and Andi are both exaggerated (psychotic tyrant and over-excited hussy), but Greg is very ordinary and, as most of the screen time is taken up with these three,   comes over as a big fat nothing and makes the other two look like caricatures.

As regards the other characters, Teri Polo and Blythe Danner (Jack's wife) are given little to do so hang around like talking statues and Mr & Mrs Focker (Streisand and Hoffman) have virtually no interaction with anyone, including each other, so presumably they got the gig simply so their star studded names could be included in the line-up.   

This film does, however, score on the "improbable situations" aspect of the farce but, because nothing of any consequence has been created, there is nothing to resolve at the end.  The writer is all too aware of this so doesn't waste time on any kind of story resolution and simply lets Jack deliver one single sentence and then, bam, the credits roll.  Under the circumstances, this sharp exit was appreciated.  

And finally, we come to the cell phones that never stop ringing, which not only indicates a lack of face to face communication and is also extremely irritating.  This method of storytelling also had the unwelcome side-effect of making the audience take out their own phones to look at the time,  or it could possibly be that they're all like me and, call us old fashioned, but we really do prefer it if our comedy makes us laugh. 

Miv Evans is a British businesswoman who relocated to Los Angeles in 2005. She previously had a comedy drama commissioned by BBC TV and sold her first film to REN Media International in 2008 which she wrote, directed and produced.

Movie Synopsis

The test of wills between Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) and Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) escalates to new heights of comedy in the third installment of the blockbuster series -- Little Fockers. Laura Dern, Jessica Alba and Harvey Keitel join the returning all-star cast for a new chapter of the worldwide hit franchise.

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?

Cast: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Jessica Alba, Laura Dern, Harvey Keitel and Barbra Streisand

Directed by: Paul Weitz

Based on Characters Created by: Greg Glienna & Mary Ruth Clarke

Written by: John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey

Produced by: Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, Jay Roach, John Hamburg

Executive Producers: Lupi, Andrew Miano, Meghan Lyvers, Nancy Tenenbaum, Ryan Kavanaugh

 

MOVIE RELEASE DATES

Belgium: 22 December 2010
Canada: 22 December 2010
Egypt: 22 December 2010
France: 22 December 2010
Netherlands: 22 December 2010
New Zealand: 22 December 2010
Norway: 22 December 2010
Spain: 22 December 2010
UK: 22 December 2010
USA: 22 December 2010
Croatia: 23 December 2010
Estonia: 23 December 2010
Germany: 23 December 2010
Greece: 23 December 2010
Hungary: 23 December 2010
Malaysia: 23 December 2010
Portugal: 23 December 2010
Serbia: 23 December 2010
Singapore: 23 December 2010
Denmark: 25 December 2010
Iceland: 26 December 2010
Australia: 27 December 2010
Russia: 30 December 2010
Brazi: 31 December 2010
Finland: 31 December 2010
Venezuela: 7 January 2011
Sweden: 14 January 2011

 

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