Little Fockers film review

Posted on 17 December 2010
By Miv Evans
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This latest addition to the series is juvenile, hackneyed, with over strained humour 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 called 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.

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.

The other characters, Teri Polo and Blythe Danner (Jack’s wife) are given little to do but 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.

Little Fockers does score big on the ‘improbable situations’ aspect of farce, but because nothing of any consequence is been created, there is nothing to resolve at the end.

UK – 22 December 2010
USA – 22 December 2010