Robert DeNiro. Ben Stiller. Teri Polo. Blythe Danner. Owen Wilson. Dustin Hoffman. Barbra Streisand. Harvey Keitel. Laura Dern. Jessica Alba.
Taxi Driver. Tropic Thunder. Northern Exposure. The X Files. The Royal Tenenbaums. Tootsie. Funny Girl. Reservoir Dogs. Jurassic Park. Fantastic Four.
This very unneeded third installment of the movies that series that started with the mildly hilarious Meet the Parents and Little Focker’s hilarious predecessor, Meet the Fockers, is a holiday turd. Or, wait, it may be 2010’s turd. This is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen and a tragedy for everyone who is involved. The plot follows the Fockers and the Byrnes as they lead up to the celebration of the twins’ birthday party and BLAH BLAH BLAH. The rest is not important. Over the plot of the film, we get the same old “oh, it’s so awkward because it looks bad” humor that got old in the first film. Anyone who has seen Meet the Fockers would know that the aging hippie Hoffman/Streisand duo are more interesting/funny than the sternly conservative DeNiro/Danner duo. And yet, we get the latter for the majority of the time. Whoopee.
There are kids in this installment! What do they do? Well, what do kids do in most comedies? If you guessed projectile vomit, potty humor, and making fools of themselves, you guessed correctly. It’s not funny in Daddy Day Care (and a bazillion other kids comedies – that one just came to mind first) and it’s not funny now. What else is new? Um, well, Harvey Keitel shows up as a lazy home builder. Jessica Alba shows up as the most annoying and shallowly written character on film in 2010 (and maybe the last five years as well). Laura Dern’s character has the “Harvard for Kindergarten kids” thing and gives as much effort as – wait a minute. This same thing happened in Daddy Day Care! The Ivy League 5 year olds! If you’re going to rip off a kids film, at least have some class! Little Fockers is truly embarrassing. It’s the biggest “I’m just doing this for the check movie” I’ve probably ever seen. Well, I hope it was worth my respect for the actors involved. And not just the actors! Paul Weitz directed In Good Company, About a Boy, and American Pie. What happened? We know you, and the cast, could have done better. F-