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Little Fockers

April 10, 2011

Jack Byrnes: I’m watching you.

Pretty fockin’ bad. I wanted to like this movie. I honestly did, except this movie failed to do what Meet The Parents and Meet The Fockers did, laugh. You can tell how lazy Director Paul Weitz was with this one.

Henry Focker: Daddy, can girls poop out of their vaginas?

It has taken 10 years, two little Fockers with wife Pam (Polo) and countless hurdles for Greg to finally get “in” with his tightly wound father-in-law, Jack. After the cash-strapped dad takes a job moonlighting for a drug company, however, Jack’s suspicions about his favorite male nurse come roaring back. When Greg and Pam’s entire clan-including Pam’s lovelorn ex, Kevin (Owen Wilson) descends for the twins’ birthday party, Greg must prove to the skeptical Jack that he’s fully capable as the man of the house. But with all the misunderstandings, spying and covert missions, will Greg pass Jack’s final test and become the family’s next patriarch…or will the circle of trust be broken for good?

Andi Garcia: Hi, I’m Andi Garcia.
Greg Focker: Your face is much less chubby in person.

As the movie goes on, the director doesn’t quite know what to do with the story. The acting was decent, as expected, but Owen Wilson’s character was focking atrocious. Wilson’s performance is both annoying and unnecessary. Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman don’t have nearly enough screen time, and Jessica Alba’s awful performance doesn’t help.

Kevin Rawley: Don’t get hysterical.
Greg Focker: I’m not getting hysterical. He’s getting hysterical.
Kevin Rawley: Look it’s natural to get a little tempted.
Greg Focker: Nobody’s tempted.
Kevin Rawley: Even our dear friend the Buddha had to pass through some sorrow on his way to enlightenment.
Greg Focker: Our dear friend the Buddha? How’s he doing? It’s been so long. Do you ever listen to yourself?
Kevin Rawley: I try not to. I speak from the heart, off the cuff, like my man JC at the Sermon on the Mount. I think that’s what you’ve always admired about me.

Robert De Niro reprises his role as the ex-CIA ‘family man’ Jack Byrnes. De Niro’s performance is great, but thats expected considering that he’s probably the best actor in cinema history. So what was my problem with him? There wasn’t enough of him. There was so much potential with the whole ‘Godfather’ take, but the execution was too slow.

Jack Byrnes: Are you ready to be the GodFocker?

I’ll admit that I did laugh during this movie, pretty hard a few times. Sadly, that was maybe two-three times. I’m not blaming this on the actors, but I am blaming this on Jay Roach, not Paul Weitz. It’s Jay’s fault that Weitz directed this movie, because while Weitz was making a terrible film, Roach was off making Dinner for Schmucks. Roach new that Weitz would screw it up, but he didn’t care. I didn’t hate the movie, but this is the reason why this movie isn’t funny.

Jack Byrnes: [as Jack is being loaded into an ambulance, to Greg] Focker!
EMT: Why is he cursing at us?
EMT: We’re just trying to help you sir…


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