Little Fockers

Release Date: December 22, 2010

One, one nose! Ah hah hah hah hah!

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118/190 Max Braden Not as bad as I expected. Luke Wilson was pretty funny.

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If anyone has ever found themselves sitting at home admiring their DVD collection and hoping to one day be able to add a Meet The Parents trilogy box set to their shelves, then their wish is about to come true. Universal Pictures and DreamWorks are set to release Little Fockers, the third film in the comedy series.

Back in the year 2000, Ben Stiller starred in Meet the Parents, a simple little comedy that went on to make $330 million worldwide about a man wishing to please the father of the woman he wishes to marry. The film’s brilliant concept and marketing bonanza was to cast Robert De Niro as the father who just happened to be a hard nosed ex-CIA cat lover with a lie detector in his basement. The second selling point of the movie was the name of Stiller’s character, Gaylord "Greg" Focker; a pun that was used several times and taken even further in the sequel, Meet the Fockers.

Released four years later, Fockers returned to the casting well and pulled two more names out that led to a huge worldwide box office of nearly $517 million. Starring as Stiller’s parents were Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand. Add Owen Wilson to the mix, who was also in the original, and Meet the Fockers stands as the second largest grossing comedy in worldwide history behind only Night at The Museum starring...Ben Stiller. The sequel to Museum was a slight domestic disappointment but it brought in over $227 million internationally, proving Ben Stiller to be one of the rare comedy actors who can sell movies overseas. Add De Niro, Hoffman, Wilson, and Streisand to the mix and it seems obvious why Little Fockers is on the way.

Little Fockers will revolve around the pregnancy of Greg’s wife, Pamela Byrnes-Focker, played by Teri Polo, and the obvious wacky reactions of the Byrnes and Focker family. Audiences can expect De Niro and Hoffman to butt heads yet again over how to properly raise the child while Stiller reacts accordingly.

There has been one significant change to the third outing. Jay Roach, who directed the first two films, will only produce Little Fockers, leaving the directorial reigns to Paul Weitz. So, the director of Austin Powers is being replaced by the man in charge of the original American Pie. Some will find that a good thing while others will scream in horror. However, most audience members seem not to really care about directors as long as the cast remains intact, which it has, so I expect a huge box office profit for Little Fockers. (Ryan O'Neill/BOP)

Vital statistics for Little Fockers
Main Cast Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson
Supporting Cast Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Jessica Alba
Director Paul Weitz
Screenwriter John Hamburg, Larry Stuckey
Distributor Universal Pictures
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