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Little Fockers (). Parents Guide. Add to guide (Coming Soon). Showing This one is a little bit more mature then the previous movie Meet the Fockers. Edit . Parents Guide. Add to guide (Coming Soon) while milk is being poured out] to " Meet the Fockers" - which has the main character talking about another main. Meet the Fockers () on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more The funniest Fockers, however, (now I'm doing it) are Greg's parents Bernie and Roz, a loose and liberal .. If the reader of my simple review wants to laugh, see this movie.
On the other hand, Roach and crew make it clear from the start that they're not exactly shooting for the same style of film as Meet the Parents. This is evident from the beginning, which cleverly pokes fun at Meet the Parents' "gradually going to hell in a handbasket" style by having everything go exactly right.
Roach aims for classic scenarios of families colliding that have surprisingly serious subtexts and in the real world, these kinds of situations do have an attendant humor, at least when we're not right in the midst of them.
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Every family tends to have its own customs and norms, its own take on ethics, etiquette, politics, religion and so on. Naturally, when we try to merge families through marriages, uncomfortable, often embarrassing, and frequently tense situations abound. Aside from the humor, this is the crux of Meet the Fockers.
Another important subtext that occurs in various guises through the film and for which the potential was there in Meet the Parents even if it wasn't capitalized on in quite the same way is opening up to "free", honest expression of one's thoughts, feelings and desires versus showing a "proper" public face.
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This is particularly amusing and poignant in the case of Jack, whose job involved obtaining honest expression, but who is the strongest case of putting on a false public face--to an extent that he's bought into the persona himself.
In a way, Roach and crew are suggesting that if we can really reach that ideal self-expression, maybe those family mergers, and even other kinds of cultural encounters such as the Fockers' run-in with the police could proceed more smoothly. So it's not so important whether Meet the Fockers is as funny as Meet the Parents.
Roach isn't just trying to make you laugh, even though he does so frequently. Despite all the comments in others' reviews about sex-oriented humor how could you not expect that in a film with a title like this?
The plot partly relied upon mistaken identity due to the main character having changed his name.
His real name was Gaylord Foker oh my aching ribs! The name was unnecessarily vulgar bearing in mind that it's main task was to set up the confusion of identity scenario and hey, I liked the dialogue in Goodfellas and Casino so its not a sensibility issue. The name was used at intervals throughout the film to get cheap laughs in a way that was more suited to the "Carry on" films. It wouldn't be worth mentioning, except that so many scenes in the film seemed to rely on it for laughs even before his 1st name was revealed to be "Gaylord".
Although one or two of the set-pieces were funny, every single one of them was telegraphed way ahead. And so on and so on - you get the picture? All we were missing was Greg leaving a rake for someone to step on and wack themselves in the eye Imagine a comedy that combines the intelligence and sophistication of "Frasier" or the "Phil Silvers Show" with the slapstick of the Marx Brothers - well you ain't imagining this film.
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The only low gag they missed was not having the Thai honeymoon destination being Phuket! This was a film that intermittently promised to develop into something good De Niro's poem to his dead mother for instanceand the cast did their best with thin material. In the end though it couldn't build on it's few bright spots - it could have been much, much better with a bit more effort.
Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Co-writers Greg Glienna and Mary Ruth Clarke, along with director Jay Roach, have managed to make a film that is often laugh-out-loud hilarious without ever becoming overbearing or obnoxious, the style of choice for far too many other comedies made in this day and age.
Although the film overflows with madcap situations and even outright slapstick at times, these comic elements are always tethered to the reality of the premise and to the emotional states of the characters involved. The foundation for any great comedy must, first and foremost, be its ability to connect with its audience on a personal level.
The comedy arises from seeing the chain of ever more preposterous events and circumstances that come along to sabotage his efforts. Greg is a goodhearted, well-meaning nebbish who wants nothing more out of life than to marry Pam, the girl he loves. First, however, he must climb over the rather formidable barrier of her eccentric father, Jack Byrnes, played to perfection by Robert De Niro, who certainly has his own offbeat way of looking at the world.