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Little Fockers Review

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1.5

Dave White Profile

[insert Focker joke here] Read full review

1.5

Jen Yamato Profile

See it with in-laws you hate. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    27

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Clearly nothing but a paycheck project for all concerned, this is definitely the least and hopefully the last of a franchise that started amusingly enough a decade ago but has now officially overstayed its welcome.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Comedy has changed. Jack can only give his son-in-law the stink eye so many times before the whole "I'm watching you" pantomime gets stale.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Watching Little Fockers is a depressing experience. Rarely does a comedy bring such an overpowering sense of sadness.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    There are viable flashes of comedy in the franchise. But with each movie, they grow increasingly dim.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Battling in-laws face off in formulaic comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the third comedy in the "Fockers" series (which started with Meet the Parents and continued in Meet the Fockers) mines the same material as the previous two installments: the conflict-filled relationship between a father-in-law and his son-in-law. A few new tweaks -- such as a woman hitting on a man who's clearly married and devoted to his family, as well as discussion about both erectile dysfunction and over-function (there's an apparent erection in one character's pants) -- may be too mature for younger viewers. Also, the animosity between the two main characters verges on disturbing. There's less sexual humor here than in Meet the Fockers, but you can expect some jokes/talk and a scene in which a character gets drunk and strips down to her underwear. There's also some swearing (including "s--t" and plays on the name "Focker") and episodes in which two grown men attack each other.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about marriage and family. How does having children impact a relationship? How are families with young kids typically portrayed in the media?
  • Why do you think Hollywood makes so many movies that show tension between family members? Do you think that's realistic?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Although the movie makes it very clear that family is important and fidelity is a priority, there are some confusing messages about in-law relationships. Sometimes it seems like some abuse -- verbal or physical -- is OK. It’s all played for laughs, but it’s still confusing.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: A father is protective (actually overprotective) of his daughter, which is admirable, in a way. But he has no boundaries -- for example, he interrogates his son-in-law about whether he’s still attracted to his daughter despite her having had two kids. A woman flirts openly with a married man.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Father-in-law and son-in-law tussle at a child’s birthday, taking swipes at each other while in a ball pit. They also have heated, verbally abusive exchanges. A man accidentally cuts himself, and his blood spurts everywhere at the dinner table.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some discussion about infidelity. A man’s private parts appear to be erect in his pants. A woman role-plays with her husband and pretends to be another person to add spice to their relationship. A woman prances around in her underwear. One character is a sex therapist. Bikini-clad women drape themselves all over one character.

  • language false3

    Language: The name “Focker” is, of course, meant to suggest the word "f--ker" (and characters sometimes pronounce it in a way that emphasizes this). Other language includes several uses of "s--t," "damn," "boobs," "hell," "crap," "ass," and "oh my God" (as an exclamation).

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: One character (who's pointedly referenced as being more well-off than another) has many symbols of affluence: a fancy car, a mansion, etc.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A woman brings a bottle of wine to visit a married man, gets drunk, and then proceeds to "attack" him after she undresses down to her underwear.

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