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Little Fockers

Even though Greg and Pam (Ben Stiller and Teri Polo) have now been married for ten years, and have two little Fockers, relations with the in-laws, especially with Grandpa Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) are still strained. Adding to the tension are a family gathering planned for the twins' birthday and Greg's moonlighting job selling male-targeted pharmaceuticals. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: D+ 1.0
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C-
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 98
Theater Release: 22 Dec 2010
Video Release: 05 Apr 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Greg and Pam Focker (Ben Stiller and Teri Polo) may be the parents of two children (Daisy Tahan and Colin Baiocchi) but that doesn’t mean this film is anywhere close to being family friendly. Like its predecessors, Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, this sequel has three jokes that it parades out over and over again. The first one has to do with Greg’s job as a male nurse. Rather than seeing it as a commendable career choice, Greg’s father-in-law Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) bemoans what he considers to be a wimpy occupation and relentlessly badgers Greg about it.

The second has to do with the family’s moniker. As in the last movies this script goes overboard trying to drum up jokes where it can insert Greg and Pam’s last name—a slight variation of the sexually explicit expletive. And almost every other punch line has something to do with S-E-X, including a male-enhancing pharmaceutical, a perky and provocative sales representative (Jessica Alba) and a misunderstanding about sexual orientation.

Obsessed with these three gags, the script pays only the flimsiest attention to the storyline in which Jack recognizes his days as patriarch are numbered. Despite his disdain for Greg, he realizes his son-in-law is the only option to take over the job. With mafia-like solemnity, he makes his wishes known and starts grooming Greg to be the man of the house.

However, after arriving in town for his grandchildren’s birthday party with his wife Dina (Blythe Danner), Jack begins to question his choice, especially when he discovers a bag full of erectile dysfunction medicine in the closet. He also catches the pretty sales rep engaged in a full-on smooch with Greg. Being a man who is used to getting his way, Jack doesn’t hesitate to suggest to his daughter that she reconsider her marriage to Greg in favor of her former lover Kevin Rawley (Owen Wilson), a wealthy and eccentric world traveler who never misses a chance to check in on his old flame.

If those aren’t enough problems for one family to deal with, Greg’s sex-obsessed parents, Bernie and Roz (Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand) show up just as the party begins.

While in-laws have long been the subjects of wisecracks, Little Fockers does nothing to repair the dysfunctional relationships among these relatives. Meanwhile the excessive use of sexually oriented content and suggestive language in this story makes the Fockers one family many parents will want to avoid.

Little Fockers is rated PG-13: for mature sexual humor throughout, language and some drug content.

Director: Paul Weitz
Cast: Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, Blythe Danner
Studio: 2010 Universal Pictures
Website: Official site for Little Fockers.

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