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Amusing, though perhaps it's time to let the franchise die
on April 20, 2011
While it's fun to revisit the characters and see what they've been up to, this film was seriously hindered by poor writing. It seemed like a bit of a cash grab. The throwing in of several A-list stars in a disjointed manner just made it more obvious that the franchise has run out of steam. While there are some funny slapstick moments, there is a also a heavy reliance on tiresome below the belt humour. Short on plot, the Focker children are hardly featured. The senior Fockers are hardly present also, and their over-the-top personalities are sorely missed in a film that seems desperate for cheap laughs. For awhile I thought Dustin Hoffman was literally going to phone in his performance. Owen Wilson is the real scene stealer and comedic relief. Another round of dysfunctional family comedy that, while lacking wit, remains lucrative.