“Little Fockers” is a continuation of director Jay Roach’s first two family comedies, “Meet the Parents”, and “Meet the Fockers”. This time around, however, the directing reins were handed over to Chris Weitz. The cast remains pretty much in tact with Jessica Alba joining the latest installment and hopefully the last. Oh boy, was that a hint or a spoiler? Read on and you decide but I still know you will rush to your nearest theater this holiday season out of curiosity.
After a decade, male nurse Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) seems to finally gained the trust of Mr. Paranoia himself, ex-CIA father- in-law Jack (Robert De Niro). But up ahead in the distance, Greg and his wife Pam (Teri Polo) have a huge birthday bash planned for their twins Henry (Colin Baiocchi) and Sam (Daisy Tahan) who are about to turn five. Jack is quietly concerned about his bad heart and keeps the dramatics from his wife Dina (Blythe Danner) but decides to tell Greg who is proving his worthiness of being the head cheese of the household.
Greg’s biggest challenge though is trying to live up to the expectations of Jack but once again he starts fumbling around with Jack looking on while he’s making another fool out of himself. Meanwhile, Pam’s ex-lover Kevin (Owen Wilson) shows up with Greg’s hippie and happenin’ parents Bernie (Dustin Hoffman) and Roz Focker (Barbra Streisand).
Enter sexy dark angel Andi Garcia (Jessica Alba) who as a pharmaceutical rep, offers Greg an opportunity he can’t and doesn’t turn down. He gets involved with a viagra type of pill to endorse. Well, if you know anything about Jack and his take on things, this causes him to think about what Greg is up to. There is a scene in which Jack’s boner is pricked with a needle by Greg in a gag. Sam watches in horror and oh boy, what a gag.
“Little Fockers” doesn’t have much substance involving the children, or much else for that matter, contains few laughs and didn’t need to be made. The one brief scene of Alba sporting skimpy lingerie just for rating purposes of course was a nice visual. Barbra Streistand and Dustin Hoffman’s scenes are cameoed. Bottom line here is is just more bickering between Greg and Jack. There’s not much else here to say about this unnecessary sequel that Hollywood deemed necessary.
“Little Fockers” is rated PG-13, runs about two hours and is open in theaters everywhere now.
by Hustlin Bob Higgins 2 stars