Saturday, December 25, 2010

Little Fockers

Director: Paul Weitz

Starring: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, Dustin Hoffman, Barbara Streisand, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo and Jessica Alba.

For a movie which is based on a one line joke to have made three pictures seems to stretch the point but despite not being as hilarious as the prequels, Little Fockers is low comedy but amusing for all that. Greg (Ben Stiller) and his father-in-law, Jack Byrnes (De Niro) are still at it. Now grandfather Jack, comes to visit uninvited, Greg, Pam (Teri Polo) and the twins for their birthday. Jack is starting to have heart problems and confides in Greg as a precaution. Greg is a drug rep currently promoting a new erectile dysfunction medication. So you are in for some stand-up comedy. Once again the plot involves misunderstandings and white lies that escalate and blow up in Greg's face as Jack tries to separate Greg and his wife Pam. Clever writing (screenplay is by John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey) and slapstick combine to make this watchable. Owen Wilson, Barbra Streisand, and Dustin Hoffman give support with Jessica Alba as the manic, pill-popping pharmaceutical drug rep that takes a shine to Greg adding a bit of glamour. Rather over long but none the less watchable nonsense.

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