DVD/Blu-Ray Review: Paul Weitz's Little Fockers

Jessica Alba is also thrown into the mix as a drug rep who goes to Greg, the male nurse, for help with advertising a new sexual enhancement drug. Her character is cute, bubbly and way too down to earth. For the love of God, will somebody just give her a different kind of role already?

There are some laughs along the way, but I rolled my eyes as often as I chuckled. Meet the Parents is a classic to me; it’s one of my favorite comedies of all time. The problem with Little Fockers is that we’ve seen this all before. Every possible character development that could have been utilized already has been, so now writers John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey are just beating us over the head with stereotypes and counting mainly on toilet humor that even borders on grotesque at times.

One thing that got to me right from the start, unbelievably, was a plot hole: Do you remember Denny, Jack’s stoner son, in Meet the Parents? Jack discovered Greg had to take reins as the “Godfocker” while going through his family genealogy; he found no member of the Byrnes family to continue the legacy. It’s convenient that Jack’s only actual son goes completely unmentioned for the entire run-time of Little Fockers.

The Blu-Ray edition of Little Fockers irritated me immediately. For all other movies I’ve watched on my TV, I set the screen size to “cinema,” which does nothing but tighten the corners of the picture a little. With this Blu-Ray, however, "cinema" cut off the sides of the picture and I had to go back to wide view. Aside from that minor annoyance, the picture quality is perfect and the special features are solid.

For comedic films, it is essential to have a funny gag reel, and Little Fockers does. There are also some interviews with cast members, including one with stars Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro. If you’ve ever seen a De Niro interview — especially on a late night talk show (it’s a rare occurrence) — he usually doesn’t have much to say and it can be painful to watch. However, Bobby's pretty laid back in all of the Blu-Ray extras, or at least as laid back as he could ever be. I enjoyed seeing the acting legend actually speak his mind, as opposed to just uttering a few words before drifting back into an awkward silence. If you happen to find yourself liking Little Fockers so much that you just have to buy a copy (God help you), at least you won’t be disappointed with the included extras.

Little Fockers is currently out on Blu-ray and DVD.

It’s more absurd, crude and irrational than the ones before it, but Little Fockers — the third installment in the Meet the Parents franchise — can’t hold a candle to the beloved original, or even the mediocre sequel.

The plot of Little Fockers, more than anything else, is an excuse to get a bunch of talented actors into one film. Ben Stiller stars once again as Greg Focker, who's still married to Pam (Teri Polo) and has two kids. They live a dreadfully stereotypical marriage, and things are going just fine. Then the overbearing father-in-law, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), invites himself back into their lives. Jack has some heart problems, and realizing that he won’t be around forever, he tells Greg that he is next in line to take over the family. Yes, Greg will someday become the “Godfocker.”

This leads to a mess of bad jokes and unnecessary cameos, the most notable coming from Harvey Keitel. De Niro and Keitel teaming up again? I hate to ruin it for you, but Little Fockers is no Taxi Driver.

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