Little Fockers (Blu-ray Review)14 Apr, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey
Box Office $148.4 million
$29.98 DVD, $39.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for mature sexual humor throughout, language and some drug content.
Stars Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Owen Wilson, Jessica Alba, Laura Dern, Harvey Keitel.
It’s been a decade since the first “Focker” gag in Meet the Parents, and it still earns laughs in this third installment of the franchise, Little Fockers.
Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is wearing fatherhood well, with home life and work life in apparent fine working order, and ex-CIA father-in-law Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), with health concerns weighing on him, has asked Greg to be the “Godfocker” of the extended family. It appears that circle of trust is complete.
But the reappearance of womanizer Kevin Rawley (Owen Wilson) and the introduction of a sexy woman (Jessica Alba) selling boner medicine at work combine to put Greg’s life off kilter. Add Jack’s complete inability to stop investigating his son-in-law, and you know bad things (and an interrogation) will follow.
Instead of Greg suffering the brunt of the abuse, the order of the day for this Fockers is Jack being buried alive and unable to hide an erection. And while the comedic bits do lean heavily on bodily functions (enemas, chopped fingers, broken bones, vomit), this still is an enjoyable comedy, culminating with a beyond-bizarre birthday party for Greg’s twins.
There are a slew of deleted scenes in the bonus features, with time constraints and continuity keeping them out. All are fully finished and most garner a chuckle or two. Alternate openings and endings are included, the gag reel is what it is, while the making-of featurette runs through the history of the franchise and takes a longer look at the introduction of the twin children to the established cast, the evolved relationship of the characters and the “preposterous cornucopia of talent” involved with this franchise.
A few shorter bits delve into the history of Stiller and De Niro and Stiller and Wilson, while others show off the epic fight scene toward the end of the film, and the utterance of every “Focker” in the three films.
The best Blu-ray bonus offering is the option to stream one of two other comedies — Junior or Sgt. Bilko — for free via BD Live. A beautiful use of the format — first tried on a few titles in 2010 — it’s a nifty marketing move, leading viewers to a selection of $2.99 BD Live rentals from the studio.