Cinema Review: Meet The Parents - Little Fockers

Thirty minutes into this third installment of the Meet The Parents franchise I was still waiting to laugh out loud but it never happened, in fact I’m pretty certain that all the good gags were used up in the trailer just to suck you in but then leave you bitterly disappointed.

After the success of Meet the Parents (2000 ) and then Meet The Fockers (2004 ) you would be forgiven for thinking that the lastest, Little Fockers, would at least be nearly half as good but unfortunately the sparkle has just gone.

The film begins with Greg Focker (Ben Stiller ), who after 10 years of marriage to Pam (Teri Polo ) and becoming father to two little Fockers, has finally managed to appease his interfering, over-bearing, ex-secret agent father-in-law Jack (Robert De Niro ).

After being let down by his other son-in-law Jack turns to Greg to become the “GodFocker” and lead the family after his demise. To prove his worth, Greg sets about securing his children’s education by trying to enrol them in a top notch school, however cash is tight and Greg meets beautiful drug rep Andi Garcia (Jessica Alba ) who convinces him to take on extra work promoting a new Viagra type drug. Things get increasingly complicated when Jack’s suspicions come flooding back and he quickly falls into his old stalker spy habits resulting in Greg getting into a whole heap of trouble. Added to this is Greg’s own feelings of jealously when Pam’s lovelorn ex Kevin (Owen Wilson ) descends for the twins’ birthday party making Greg feeling a little inadequate in all kinds of ways.

There were a few moments that attempted to bring back the old comedy that made this franchise popular in the first place but they were more like feeble ‘ha has’ than full blown laugh-out-loud hilarious. I would suggest waiting for the DVD for this one.

Verdict: 1.5/5


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