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Peter T Chattaway
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Link to our thread on Meet the Fockers (2004). Gadzooks that seems like so long ago. I wasn't even married yet then, but now? I'll have three kids in preschool by the time the film comes out. (And the original film, Meet the Parents, came out even longer ago -- way, way back in 2000, only a year or so after I had moved out of my parents' place for good, and just over two years before I met the woman who is now my wife.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfO9jac62nI

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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Jeffrey Wells quotes the studio's press release, which calls this film "a new chapter of the worldwide hit franchise."

Ugh. The word "franchise" is so, SO over-used these days. This isn't a "franchise" -- a word I associate with properties that stretch across multiple media (film, TV, video games, comics, novels, etc.) and sometimes across multiple generations. This is just a series, nothing more and nothing less.

Star Trek is a "franchise". Fockers isn't. Spider-Man is a "franchise". Fockers isn't. Twilight is a "franchise". Fockers isn't. You get the idea.

(And if anybody calls this the concluding chapter of the Fockers "trilogy"...)

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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If you choose to work within the parameters of having to come up with a title that plays on the name Focker and the premise that the story has to be about a couple 6 years after they first got married, then, within those parameters "Little Fockers" is pure pun genius.

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Do you really think this title is witty? I've seen exceedingly more creativity in porn parody titles.

Also, if one is impressed with this title, just think of the pun they could make if they ever work in an Oedipus spin on the family name.

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I don't want to prove my talent to this crowd, but I could do a hundred titles better than this. All very good. All very laughable and bar-worthy. Just take my word for it.

As it is, I didn't see the first one based on the title alone. There's a difference between wit in Junior High locker-room talk, which, even given the above, I can only take in small doses -- and building an entire franchise around a sentence from seventh grade in which every boy has just discovered his pubic hair, ie, Good Dick, Meet The Fockers, etc. It is lame, lame, lame.

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Persona wrote:

: As it is, I didn't see the first one based on the title alone.

Eh? What's so bad about a title like Meet the Parents?

Or are you thinking of the SECOND film, i.e. Meet the Fockers?

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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All that guilt that comes along with being a parent? You should know the answer to this one by now. ;)

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Universal says Dustin Hoffman 'might' end up in 'Little Fockers' after all

Universal's big holiday comedy, "Little Fockers," the latest in the studio's "Meet the Parents" series, is still months away from release, but it's already been cast as a troubled production by a variety of online stories this past week. Deadline reported that the film needed a week of pick-up shooting while Vulture has a new post up saying that Universal is exploring the idea of bringing Dustin Hoffman back to reprise his role as Bernie Focker as a means of punching up what Vulture called a "troubled" production. . . .

Los Angeles Times, August 4

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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Dustin Hoffman Will Meet the “Little Fockers” After All

Dustin Hoffman is indeed adding scenes to Paul Weitz’s “Little Fockers” release for Christmas.

I’e confirmed it with sources from the film. But I also told you about some months ago. “Little Fockers” was designed so Hoffman could film scenes as needed. He is indeed reprising his role as Bernie Focker.

Apparently, Hoffman–who is next up in his first TV series ever, “Luck,” from HBO–didn’t think he was getting enough to do or enough money to reprise his role as Ben Stiller’s dad from “Meet the Fockers.”

So the movie was shot without him. . . .

To sort of make up for a lack of Hoffman, Harvey Keitel was added to the new movie as Robert DeNiro’s friend. . . .

Roger Friedman, August 22

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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I don't want to prove my talent to this crowd, but I could do a hundred titles better than this. All very good. All very laughable and bar-worthy. Just take my word for it.

Na. I'm going to need at least 5.

Matt

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I believe I have already wrecked one excellent thread for today. I am on a three-sour-threads-a-week basis. Then I get demerit points. However, one could make the argument that this thread was never excellent, that when you give your film a name like this it actually deserves a few sour glances in the thread. One could also make the argument that a name like Meet the Fockers or Little Fockers is actually "Title Porn." Things for us to consider.

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Au contraire. Having desecrated the Ordet thread (of all things the Ordet thread), you owe the site penance. And what could be more appropriate than taking a bad thread about a bad film and making it good, worthy even, by producing 5 finely crafted Focker-related puns.

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See, now you've just built it up too much. Anything I say at this point will be super-lame. (So what's new?)

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O how this villainy doth fat me with the very thought of it!

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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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Here we are in the season of award-worthy films everywhere we turn...

... and our fellow Americans just made Little Fockers the #1 movie in the land.

Currently sitting at 9% on Rotten Tomatoes, by the way.

Sigh.

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Award-worthy movies are almost never #1 at Christmastime.

But yes, this movie is especially abysmal. It's hard to believe it was directed by one of the co-directors of American Pie, which was similarly lowbrow but at least, as I recall, had some genuine heart to it. (Then again, Little Fockers does not co-star Eugene Levy.) (The director of this film also directed In Good Company and co-directed About a Boy, both of which were at least kinda, sorta respected in these parts, yes? More's the pity, then.)

Hard to believe it's been ten years since the original film, BTW. I was writing primarily for a local secular outlet at the time, and this was one of the films I reviewed. By the time the first sequel came out, I was writing primarily for Christian outlets. And now, as the second sequel comes out, I'm a mostly-retired stay-at-home dad (who still writes a monthly film column, true, but still). So in addition to all the other reasons one can cite, I'm kind of hoping they don't make a fourth film because I'm not sure I want to see where this trajectory will have taken me by then.

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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