Little Fockers (2010)


In this third Meet the Parents film, Robert DeNiro’s characters suffers a heart attack, causing renewed concern that his son-in-law, played by Ben Stiller, be able to carry on as the family’s patriarch when he’s gone. Little Fockers feels hastily concocted with a script that’s overly-contrived and an ensemble cast that is barely ever in the same room together. As much as I’ve enjoyed these actors in the first two films, there’s little joy in the reunion here. A sure sign of desperation is the script’s dependency on gross-out gags. Puking, bleeding, and penile priapism are offered up for laughs, but I felt was sorry — sorry that talent like DeNiro, Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Steisand, Blythe Danner, Harvey Keitel, and Owen Wilson were trapped in such an unfunny movie.

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