Premiering this weekend on HBO was 2010’s “Little Fockers”, starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro.
“Little Fockers” is the third movie in the “Meet the Parents” series. “Meet the Parents” was released in 2000, “Meet the Fockers” in 2004 and “Little Fockers” in 2010. I mention this to bring attention to the fact that this film is a full decade removed from “Meet the Parents”, which may not have been the greatest comedy ever, but it had its moments.
This movie, however, had none. It was excruciatingly unfunny.
As loaded with talent as this movie is, it’s surprising that there isn’t a single humorous performance amongst the bunch. Granted, the script is terrible. But you would think with these people someone could have made something seem funny at some point.
We’re long past the point where watching Robert De Niro’s dour father in law act is funny. Unfortunately, that’s about the best that this movie has to offer. Other than that there’s awkward sexual humor, uncomfortable misunderstandings, people get vomited on, blood spurted on them, and the “pull my finger” joke makes an appearance.
With no exaggeration, at one point Ben Stiller and Jessica Alba insert a medical apparatus into a patient’s anus together, and later, Stiller administers an injection into Robert De Niro’s erection.
Got an idea of what we’re dealing with now?
I honestly don’t think I laughed once. There might have been a mild smirk when Focker and his father in law finally came to blows, but that’s about it. Every time I paused it and my DVR displayed the runtime remaining, it seemed as if there was an intolerable amount of time left to go.