Number of Times Seen – Twice (12 Feb 2011 and 19 Jan 2019)
Brief Synopsis – When Greg and Pam’s kids turn 5, the whole family tries to get together to celebrate the happy occasion.
My Take on it – This is the third and final (as of 2019) film in this series and they do a nice job continuing to keep things fun and enjoyable.
Unfortunately, this film relies much too heavily on being aware of the the previous history of the characters and isn’t able to stand on its own at all.
This both helps and hurts the film because some of the antics in the film would have been better served if they didn’t seem to similar to other ideas used in the previous two films.
Nice seeing the entire cast return here and they do a great job keeping things fun the whole way through.
Owen Wilson once again steals every scene he appears in but the true star of this series is Ben Stiller who is perfectly cast in the lead role and even after 3 films still makes the character seem unpredictable even when he is unwittingly causing trouble.
I’m glad that they stopped making the films in this series and this was a nice way to end things even if it is far from perfect.
Bottom Line – Another fun addition to the series that works based on the previous knowledge of the characters, but this wouldn’t come even close to working on its own. It relies a bit too heavily on past knowledge of the characters and storyline which both helps and hurts it at the same time. It’s easy to see that this is clearly the weakest of the trilogy and it’s a good thing they stopped making these films because the concept, while great had enough. Wilson once again steals every scene he is in but Stiller still is the best reason to watch this film or any of the films in the series because he is so perfect in this role. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Dustin Hoffman’s role is greatly reduced in comparison with Meet the Fockers (2004), as the studio took a long time reaching agreement over his services. By the time, Hoffman agreed to come on board, the film was virtually in production. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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