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“Little Fockers” an entertaining sign the series is done
By Ezra Mann (Editor in Spoof)

Let’s face it moviegoers, ever since the first family gathered together to do anything, there’s been some sort of dysfunction in the mix.
As with many things, comedy helps us cheaply cope with how screwed up we or our relatives can be, which is how we get whole series of movies on the subject. For me and a generation before, the Griswolds were that quintessential messed up kindred, with some laughs that were all too familiar with our own situation. One of the households of record these days seems to be a group who’s last name is a play on an obscenity and luck be their fans, they have returned for a third and hopefully final adventure. “Little Fockers” in some ways has helped cement the characters forever among the best of the ridiculous, but has reached a point where they can’t be any funnier.
Set several years after the last movie and about a decade since the first, this one picks up with Greg (Ben Stiller) and Pam Focker (Teri Polo) as parents, not without there struggles to make ends meet, but relatively happy. Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) is still suspicious that his son-in-law is man enough for his daughter, but puts up with his suspicions for the sake of his grandchildren Henry (Colin Baiocchi) and Samantha Focker (Daisy Tahan), well that and the forceful nature of his wife Dina Byrnes (Blythe Danner).
The Byrnes couple and Greg’s own parents (Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand) are set to converge after surviving the last flick’s encounter for the grandchildren’s birthday as well as to test Greg’s candidacy to one day be the patriarch of the Byrnes’ line. Of course this means more disaster and questioning of who belongs in the circle of trust. It all works out to be rather amusing, many parts as wrong as some of the most disgusting jokes fans have seen to date. Of course, part of the plot means ignoring the fact that Jack has a son in the first misadventure, but that’s the beauty of waiting so long to make the latest sequel.
After it was over, I have to say it was so-so for a popcorn kind of flick, but not a must see before it lands on DVD. Due to content this isn’t friendly for the youngest crowd, but that all depends on if one has fully warped their little ones yet.
One of the things I did like was how one child was like the Fockers and the other like the CIA crazed granddad, delivering that routine nicely. Some characters could have been left out as well like Owen Wilson’s character, but even he fit in a few of the awkward giggles. For at least being somewhat entertaining and a good spot to leave the stories, I give “Little Fockers” three out of five interrogations.

Past Society: Review of CopOut on DVD.

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