Little Fockers

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Little Fockers
Little fockers poster.jpg
Teaser Poster
Directed by Paul Weitz
Produced by Jane Rosenthal
Robert De Niro
Jay Roach
John Hamburg
Written by John Hamburg
Larry Stuckey
Based on Characters 
by Greg Glienna
Mary Ruth Clarke
Starring Robert De Niro
Ben Stiller
Owen Wilson
Blythe Danner
Teri Polo
Jessica Alba
Dustin Hoffman
Barbra Streisand
Music by Stephen Trask
Cinematography Remi Adefarasin
Edited by Greg Hayden
Leslie Jones
Myron I. Kerstein
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures (North America)
Paramount Pictures (International)
Release dates
  • December 22, 2010 (2010-12-22)
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $100 million
Box office $310,650,585

Little Fockers (known as Meet the Parents: Little Fockers in the United Kingdom and Southeast Asia) is a 2010 American comedy film and sequel to Meet the Parents (2000) and Meet the Fockers (2004). It stars Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand. The first film in the series not to be directed by Jay Roach, it is instead directed by Paul Weitz with Roach as one of the producers. It is also the first film not to be distributed by DreamWorks Pictures in non-US countries, with Paramount Pictures taking over. Likewise, Stephen Trask, a relative newcomer, takes over composing duties from veteran Randy Newman. In addition to the original cast, Little Fockers features Jessica Alba, Laura Dern and Harvey Keitel. It received generally negative reviews but was a box office success, grossing over $310 million worldwide.

Plot[edit]

Gaylord "Greg" Focker (Stiller) is preparing to celebrate his twins' fifth birthday party. Things seem to go awry when Greg's father-in-law Jack Byrnes (De Niro) visits. Recently, Jack has been diagnosed with a heart condition and become embittered by his daughter Debbie's divorce from her husband, Bob (whose marriage was the social event in Meet the Parents and how Jack and Greg met), for cheating on her with a nurse. Jack's plan was originally to name Bob as his successor as head of the Byrnes family, but decides to pass the role to Greg, naming him "The Godfocker." Despite Greg reluctantly accepting the role, Jack begins to suspect Greg of infidelity when he sees him with a drug representative, Andi Garcia (Alba), who openly flirts with him, and the presence of Sustengo erection pills in Greg's house, which prompts Jack to think Greg is no longer sexually attracted to his wife, Pam (Polo). Furthermore, Jack starts to doubt Greg's ability to provide for his family when he appears reluctant to send his children to a private school.

During a medical conference promoting Sustengo, Greg meets Bob at a bar. Bob tells Greg of Jack's original intention to name him as successor, "The Bobfather," and expresses relief and happiness at leaving Jack's family, which makes Greg slightly uncomfortable. Jack, for his part, begins speaking with Pam about the possibility of divorcing Greg and renewing her relationship with her ex-fiancée, Kevin Rawley (Wilson). Eventually, following a row at a clinic, Greg runs away from home to his and Pam's unfinished new house, where he is paid a brief visit by Andi, who tries to cheer him up with takeout and wine, but Andi soon becomes so drunk that she makes an aggressive sexual pass at Greg. While looking for Greg, so he can apologize to him and bring him home, Jack pulls up to the house and sees, through the window, what looks to him like Greg and Andi having sex, when, in reality, Greg is trying to rebuff Andi's advances. Disgusted, Jack merely leaves, but tells Dina and Pam that he was unable to find Greg.

At the twins' birthday party, Greg's parents, Bernie (Hoffman) and Roz (Streisand) rejoin the family, but Jack, enraged at Greg's apparent infidelity, engages Greg in a physical fight, despite Greg's claiming that Andi was drunk and that he was rebuffing her. The fight culminates in Jack's having a heart attack and collapsing. As he is taken away by paramedics, Jack quietly admits that he now believes Greg after feeling his carotid artery, which remained stable while Greg was claiming his innocence.

Four months later, on Christmas Day, Greg and Pam's parents come to spend Christmas with them in their new house. Greg's parents (who are Jewish) give Jack a kippah as his present, informing him that they have traced his family roots while they were nursing him back to health, and discovered that he is part Jewish. Bernie informs Greg and Pam that he and Roz have sold their island home and are moving to Chicago, only two houses down from their house. Jack and Dina decide they will move, too, because they also want to be close to their grandchildren. The film ends with Greg and Pam trying to wean their parents off the idea.

During the credits, Jack is back in his home on Long Island, and, with Mr. Jinx, the family's cat, watches a video of Greg on YouTube in which Greg roasts Jack at the Sustengo conference. Jack then discovers a remixed version of the video using puns of several of the words in the video, much to Jack's amusement.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Production for Little Fockers began in July 2009.[1][2]

Writer John Hamburg stated the film would deal with "themes of death and divorce and all these real things that, as we get older, we start to think about, but in a really comical way."[3]

Outside the United States, this is the first film in the series to be released by Paramount Pictures, which acquired the DreamWorks back catalog in 2006 (and owned the studio itself until 2008), including co-ownership in the Meet the Parents franchise. DreamWorks remains as a co-copyright holder with Universal Studios (as DW Studios).[4]

On August 24, 2009, it was announced that Dustin Hoffman was finally going to reprise his role as Greg's father, Bernie Focker.[5] When the movie was in pre-production, the studios couldn't reach an agreement with Hoffman, but finally agreed on terms to bring him back for the film, though his role was smaller than in the previous film due to the agreement coming after the initial filming. Thus having to shoot the scenes and editing them to fit his character into the movie.

Release[edit]

In January 2010, the release date for the film was pushed back from July 30, 2010, to December 22, 2010, because Universal hoped to benefit from the long Christmas weekend.[6]

The first trailer was released on June 24, 2010. It was then shown in front of showings of Grown Ups and Dinner for Schmucks. A second trailer was released online November 10, 2010 attached with Morning Glory, Unstoppable and Skyline. The film was released in the UK and US on December 22, 2010.

Critical reception[edit]

Little Fockers was almost universally panned by critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes assigned the film a 10% "rotten" score based on 146 reviews, as well as an average rating of 3.4/10.[7] On Metacritic, the film's average score was 27 out of 100 based on the reviews of 32 critics, meaning "generally negative reviews".[8] The consensus on Rotten Tomatoes reads "As star-studded as it is heartbreakingly lazy, Little Fockers takes the top-grossing trilogy to embarrassing new lows." On each website, it is Streisand's lowest rated film. Empire gave two stars out of five, summing up, "there are inevitably moments when Hoffman or Wilson get a laugh, but on the whole, it’s the same again, but weaker and with fewer good jokes."[9] Alex Zane of Sun Online called the film a "predictable but not unwelcome addition to the Focker family", giving it three out of five stars.[10]

Much of the negative reviews criticized the film for being too predictable and having a "stupid" or "unfunny" sense of humor. Probably the most negative of reviews came from Anders Wotzke, a critic from Cut Print Review, who called the film less funny than the 1993 Holocaust film Schindler's List. Stars from the film have acknowledged critical dislike of the film. During his Lifetime Achievement Award speech at the Golden Globes, Robert De Niro said, "I was very, very moved and gratified when you made the announcement [of this award] two months ago, well before you had a chance to review 'Little Fockers.'"

Box office performance[edit]

Little Fockers failed to match the opening weekend gross of its predecessor, Meet the Fockers. It opened first on its opening weekend on approximately 5,000 screens at 3,536 locations across US and Canada, bringing its five-day opening to $48.3 million. By comparison, Meet the Fockers made $46.1 million on the same weekend in 2004 for a five-day total of $70.5 million. As of April 9, 2011, Little Fockers grossed $148,438,600 in the United States and Canada, and $161,007,198 from other countries around the world, for a worldwide total of $309,445,798.[11]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actress Jessica Alba Won
Barbra Streisand Nominated
Worst Screenplay John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey Nominated

Home media[edit]

Little Fockers was released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 5, 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomson, Katherine (March 25, 2009). "'Little Fockers' A Go: Report". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on August 2, 2010. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ Buckman, Erik (April 7, 2009). "Those 'Little Fockers' find their director". Reel Loop. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ Utichi, Joe; Tilly, Chris (June 10, 2009). "Little Fockers Exclusive". IGN. Archived from the original on August 2, 2010. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ Meet the Parents: Little Fockers UK site, with "DW Studios" mentioned in copyright line
  5. ^ Finke, Nikki (August 24, 2010). "'Little Fockers' Brings Back Dustin Hoffman". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  6. ^ Stewart, Andrew (January 28, 2010). "Waiting for 'Little Fockers'". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Little Fockers (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  8. ^ "Little Fockers". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  9. ^ Newman, Kim. "Meet The Parents: Little Fockers (12A)". Empire. Bauer Consumer Media. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "Little Fockers". Box Office Mojo. IMDB. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 

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