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Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro return for Christmas comedy “Little Fockers”

By Sean O’Connell Looks like we’re all getting “Fockers” for Christmas.

Earlier this week, JoBlo had an early review of “Little Fockers,” the third film in the “Meet the Parents” series that finds Ben Stiller matching wits with Robert De Niro. Without getting into details, the blogger who attended a test screening called it unnecessary, but frequently hilarious.

This morning, Universal unveiled the first full trailer for the film. It will be attached to Sony’s “Grown Ups.” But if you don’t want to tolerate Adam Sandler and his toilet humor, click here and download the trailer in the comfort of your own home. Ah, technology.

Based on the clip, Greg (Stiller) and Pam (Teri Polo) are raising their twins and hosting her parents in Chicago, while Jack (De Niro) is wrestling with the idea of giving up control of his circle of trust. Oh, and there’s a truly tasteless erection joke. LOL. Barbara Steisand is back as Stiller’s mom, but Dustin Hoffman’s a no show. He’s replaced, somewhat, by Jessica Alba, Laura Dern, and Harvey Keitel, who plays a contractor working on Greg and Pam’s renovations. Expect “Money Pit” levels of hilarity.

“Unnecessary” might be harsh. There are far worse franchises than this that earned third installments. Plus, I think Stiller and De Niro’s uncomfortable chemistry produces big laughs. I’d rather spend a little more time in this “circle” than, say, analyzing another “Analyze This” pairing. I’m not sure why Chris Weitz took over directing duties for original series helmer Jay Roach. But we’ll see if “Fockers” flies this December.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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