Little Fockers (2010) starring Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand , Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Jessica Alba directed by Paul Weitz Movie Review

Little Fockers (2010)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Robert De Niro in Little Fockers (2010)

Little Going On

Following a minor heart attack Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro - Righteous Kill) has come to the realisation that he needs to start melding the next family patriarch, the "Godfocker" and it is Greg (Ben Stiller - Greenberg) who is his chosen one. But in order to do so he needs to make sure that Greg is up to the challenge and is worthy which means he needs to do more spying on his son-in-law. But what Jack uncovers displeases him leading to more hostility between Greg and father-in-law.

"Little Fockers" is indicative of what is wrong with Hollywood these days, they come up with a sequel not because there was a need for one but because they knew that audiences who enjoyed the original and endured the second movie would remain loyal and watch a third and that meant profit. As such here we have the third movie in the "Focker" series and one which frankly is a disappointment with so many jokes misfiring and some times not firing at all. It sort of makes you sad to think that when "Meet the Parents" came out it was genuinely funny with Robert de Niro delivering an entertaining performance as the over the top patriarch and now we have a movie which just recycles old gags.

Jessica Alba and Ben Stiller in Little Fockers (2010)

So as to what goes on in "Little Fockers" well the same stuff which went on in the first movie to be honest. Times may have changed, the Focker's may have two children but the accident prone Greg still finds himself falling foul of the overly suspicious Jack. We still have Own Wilson as Kevin on the scene who still has a thing for Greg's wife Pam and well about the only new thing is the introduction of a drugs rep called Andi Garcia who raises Jack's suspicions.

What does that all really mean well we get the same old jokes, the innuendo's about the sound of the name "Focker". We get more jokes surrounding Jack giving Greg disapproving looks and more jokes of Greg being accident prone. What else is there, oh there is plenty of sexual innuendo be it a cameo from Bette Midler as Greg's mum to the fact Andi is a drugs rep for an erectile dysfunctional drug. The trouble is that "Little Fockers" is one of those movies where it lines up one joke after another and you can see them but so few are genuinely funny.

What this all boils down to is that "Little Fockers" is quite a depressing third movie in the "Focker" series which as I said seems to have been made not for any reason other than to take advantage of loyal fans of the original movie. It is full of jokes, many of which are recycled from the first movie but so few are genuinely funny.