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Movie Review: Meet The Fockers

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Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years ago

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Written 12/20/10

I’m not going nuts with this review, truth is ‘Little Fockers’ had its moments, but in the end, the title totally contradicts what one would expect – what’s that? Well, a comedic stand-point from Gaylord Focker’s (Stiller) kids. There were moments in which the story involved them, however, the continuation of the ever-so-uncomfortable relationship between Jack Burns (Dinero) and Gaylord keeps an ongoing complexity as stakes are raised with a surprise visit from Kevin (Wilson) – who keeps his ties with the Burns family, and newbie into the mix Andi Garcia (Alba), whose uppity attitude as a Pharmaceutical rep finds it quite enjoyable teaming up with Gaylord.

Everyone and everything else is pretty much on a peripheral angle which I believe quite frankly reaped the benefits presented in ‘Meet The Fockers,’ and ‘Meet The Parents.’ Barely in the film, Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand (Bernie and Roz Focker) where chopped up in little bits of scenes, as was Teri Polo (Pam Focker), Blythe Danner (Dina Burns), and those self titled little Fockers which I’m sure were pretty much what most – dare I say anyone watching this film as you read this review is actually watching the film for. I know when I screened it I did expect the typical awkwardness between Jack and Gaylord, but the focal point I thought would be a couple of crazy kids Daisy Tahan and Colin Baiocchi (Samantha and Henry Focker) running around causing chaos – think ‘Problem Child’ – but it was far from that.

The third (3rd) time around tests wills between Jack Byrnes and Gaylord Focker to new heights. It has taken ten (10) years, two (2) little Fockers with wife Pam and countless hurdles for Gaylord 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 -- 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?

In conclusion, ‘Little Fockers’ has scenes which provide a chuckle here and there, witty one-liners and those awkward moments which provide the laughter based on the uncomforting situation rather than dialog, but it’s not the film most will be expecting. Disappointing on many levels, however, entertains and gives us a nice scene of Jessica Alba’s body – that’s one sexy woman!



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