Little Fockers proves the more things change, the more they stay the same with the latest installment of the Focker trilogy, taking viewers into the world of Pam and Greg Focker (Polo and Stiller) as they deal with everyday challenges such as home construction delays, temptations at work, ex-boyfriends, twin toddlers, money problems, and in-laws.
As if Greg didn’t have enough to worry about with his own over-the-top parents (played by Streisand and Hoffman), he tries to prove himself worthy of the “Godfocker” position within the Byrnes family by stepping up his game to overprotective and paranoid father-in-law Jack Byrnes (DeNiro).
Strengths: Star studded cast, Alba’s physical comedy, Use of technology
The already star-studded cast got bigger with the addition of veteran actors Dern, Keitel and Alba, as well as newer industry entrants Kevin Hart (as Greg’s co-worker) and Colin Baiocchi (fraternal twin Henry Focker, whom you may recognize from Couples Retreat).
Jessica Alba’s home wrecking character Andi Garcia, while very much annoying, showed a more physically comedic side to the actress, which was a pleasant addition to the unending tribulations of Greg Focker.
Although Stiller and DeNiro show physical signs of aging in this third film, the producers made an effort to introduce modern technology and social media in Little Fockers, made apparent by the use of Skype, text messaging, Google, Facebook, and YouTube. It’s about time they got with the times and used these mediums as a platform to demonstrate how these tools can be entertaining or destructive in everyday life.
Weaknesses: Not enough elder Fockers, Miscast little Fockers
The best part of the trilogy was the introduction of Greg’s parents Bernie and Roz in Meet the Fockers. Although the updates on the manopause suffering Bernie and TV sex therapist Roz are funny, we only get a brief glimpse at their lives present day. I’d go so far as to argue that the audience would prefer to see equally as much, if not more face time with them as with the Byrnes family.
Then there are the namesake little fockers, Greg and Pam’s fraternal twin toddlers. About to enter the cult-like private school The Early Human School, Little Fockers attempts to show us that little Henry has undoubtedly received the Focker genes, while Samantha (“Sam”) has more Byrnes bloodline in her.
The two, although cute, are a bit of a stretch not only as fraternal twins, but as kin to Greg and Pam. The producers did a much better job casting Jorge (Ray Santiago) as Greg’s suspected wedlock child in Meet the Fockers. These kids look nothing like their parents.
While in no way the best comedy ever produced, Little Fockers did in fact entertain for the 90 or so minutes of the advanced screening at the Pavilions in downtown Denver. Although some of the jokes and storylines are getting old, the introduction of new characters and Greg’s foray into the world of promoting erectile dysfunction drug Sustengo kept it fresh. True to real life, the kids say the darnedest things, such as the unforgettable, “Do girls poop from their vaginas?” and “Andi gives Daddy his boners” spoken from the mouth of little Henry Focker.
It’d be great if this were the final episode in this Fockerfest, but there are no signs of that yet. What could be next, Teenage Fockers? At any rate, if they do make a 4thfilm, it would behoove them to incorporate the Bernie and Roz characters a little more. And is Jinxie the cat still around? I guess cats really must have nine lives.
Although not in theaters until December 22, check out the Denver Post online for the locations and showtimes of Little Fockers near you.
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