The Meet The Parents franchise returns for a fun third instalment, and there's plenty more laughs as Stiller's Greg Focker once again goes head-to-head with humourless father-in-law De Niro.
Greg (Ben Stiller) and Pam (Teri Polo) Focker are hosting their twins' fifth birthday party, giving their parents Jack (Robert De Niro) and Dina (Blythe Danner) and Bernie (Hoffman) and Roz (Barbara Streisand) a prime opportunity to reignite their feud. After a decade of verbally torturing Greg, however, fearsome father-inlaw Jack seems to be warming to the hapless male nurse, and, after a health scare, is even priming Greg to take his place at the head of the family. But things soon conspire to blow up in Greg's face when Jack misconstrues an encounter between his son-in-law and flirtatious Viagra sales rep Andi (Jessica Alba), as Pam's golden boy ex Kevin (Owen Wilson) reappears on the scene.
The Meet The Parents franchise returns for a fun third instalment, and there are plenty more laughs as Stiller's Greg Focker once again goes head to head with humourless father-in-law De Niro.
There's not a tremendous amount of nuance or originality, but the broad humour bulldozes its way into the brain with pleasing regularity. As well as the regular cast, look out for Laura Dern and Harvey Keitel in small roles, Wilson wittily reprising his new age do-gooder and Alba sending up her sex bomb image as the pithily named Andi Garcia. In fact, references to De Niro's work in The Godfather films come thick and fast and although it occasionally highlights just how far off-track the actor seems to have gone in recent years, there's no denying that cranky ex-CIA man Jack Byrnes is one of his most memorable creations.