Victoria Jelinek

Meet the Parents: Little Fockers

Ex-CIA agent Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) is still concerned that his son-in-law Gaylord Focker (Ben Stiller) isn’t good enough for his daughter (Teri Polo) and suspects he’s cheating on her with a sales rep (Jessica Alba), even as he’s finally ready to trust Gaylord and bestow the position of ‘Godfocker’ on him.

However, like the previous two films, Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, as a crowded supporting cast pop in for their cameos, the family begins to have a meltdown. And the cast and cameos in this film are impressive: Harvey Keitel, Dustin Hoffman, Blythe Danner, Barbra Streisand, Laura Dern…one remembers when Keitel, Hoffman, Streisand and De Niro were making amazing films that would go down in the Modern Classics realm.

There will inevitably be some laughs with a cast like this. And if you find the joke about the last name sounding rude, humorous, or an innocent flirtation taken for an affair, or children throwing up on grownups, or a four-year-old surprising his father by giving his grandpa a penile injection to counter the effects of an unwisely-taken erectile dysfunction medication and then drawing a picture of the incident while auditioning for a posh kindergarten, then this is the film for you.

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