Ben Stiller giveth and Ben Stiller taketh away: The trailer for Little Fockers has debuted, offering you the first glimpse of the how the Focker Saga will wring another 90 minutes and $50 million opening weekend out of the somehow-still-uneasy-after-10-years chemistry between Stiller and funnyman Robert De Niro. The answer: Christmas! Everybody loves Christmas. Also, Viagra jokes, which everyone also loves.
Everything you enjoyed about the first couple of films is back—De Niro’s “I’m watching you” catchphrase, “Focker”-related puns (it sounds like “fucker”!), Barbara Streisand doing her weird New Age hippie thing (Dustin Hoffman bailed over salary or dignity issues or something), the wholesale recreation of entire scenes from the first film with only the slightest of variations to justify passing them off as new. But lest you leave feeling as though you’ve already seen it, and should therefore avoid rewarding such blatant milking of public affection for an established property, Little Fockers hedges its bets by piling on the guest stars, with Jessica Alba, Laura Dern, and Harvey Keitel all elbowing their way into the party. (Who wants to bet that De Niro and Keitel have some sort of hilarious wink-and-nod to Taxi Driver? Maybe he can tell De Niro that he’s got a 12-and-a-half-year-old who can take care of his raging boner. That’s ending credits gold!)
And in case the title didn’t clue you in, Little Fockers also promises to add the accidental wit of precocious youngsters, which is always good for a laugh or two—particularly when it involves a toddler accidentally seeing Robert De Niro with a massive erection. Yes, Christmas arrived a little early today.