As we have written before: Donald Trump beats Barack Obama like a rented mule and many Republicans/conservatives react by beating up on…. Trump! Huh? Ever hear of the concept of the enemy of my enemy is my friend, fellas/gals?
Trump is attacked by some Republicans/conservatives because as a New York businessman he donated to some Democrats and even Obama Dimocrats. The donations angle is a fair line of attack although most people understand the need for businessmen in New York City and elsewhere to bribe/donate/contribute to politicians. There are a lot of reasons for some Republicans/conservatives to oppose Donald Trump but why is he the only target of the “get out” crowd?
Consider Newt Gingrich. Newt Gingrich is running a publicity stunt candidacy. Newt has to know that he is not going to be the Republican nominee for president. It’s not just Newt’s repulsive face either. It’s not just that Wayne Gacy “smile”. It’s not just Newt’s “baggage” – you know, the wife with cancer he dumped for another wife, the impeachment drama of Bill Clinton while Newt was getting the same treatment in parking lots from GOP wives and interns, the temper tantrums, the damaging stories that will come out.
So the news this evening? Not good. "V" got cancelled, not a surprise. "Better With You" was a surprise. "Brothers & Sisters" was a huge surprise. And my favorite show "No Ordinary Family" was given the axe as well.
I'm bummed about "No Ordinary Family."
And now I'm about to savage "Little Fockers."
First off, don't rent it. Stream it. I got it via Netflix, on disc. And at the end of the movie, it goes to bonus features. I usually skip those but I felt some characters weren't in the film enough so I was eager to watch "Deleted scenes." I hit the button for it and get a message that I have a rental copy (no s**t) and that I need to buy a copy to see the bonus features.
Yeah, that's going to happen.
"Little Fockers" sucks.
It's probably the worst film of 2010.
Let's start with the littlest problem: Laura Dern.
I like Laura Dern and was excited when I saw her name in the credits. Immediately, I was trying to remember if she was in one of the other films ("Meet The Parents" or "Meet The Fockers")? And, if so, was she one of Owen Wilson's girlfriends?
She plays a new character.
Ben's twins are school age and there's a chance they could get into private school -- a deluxe one. That Laura Dern runs.
I never bought it.
Laura tried hard but that script was S**T.
She hangs around little kids all day?
Ben Stiller's son (Gaylord Focker's the character name) asks Laura to pull his finger so he can show her a trick his grandfather (Dustin Hoffman) taught him.
If she has worked around children her entire life, her surprise to discover this was a fart joke was completely unbelievable.
I thought Laura Dern was game in her scenes. I just felt like every other scene she was in was written to go against the others. The character was not written in a way that made sense.
If she'd been a bitch, I could've taken that. But though she was written that way (and played that way) in her initial scene (insisting Greg go by "Gay"), that quickly fell apart.
Let's do the big problem.
How bad was she?
Not bad at all.
In fact, she was the best thing about the whole film. (And, sorry if this offends someone, but very attractive breasts, Barbra Streisand.)
How is she the problem if she's the best thing?
Because she's barely in the whole film.
That was b.s.
Rose Focker, her character, is the thing that saved the film franchise.
Rose Focker went up against Rober De Nero's stupid character (Jack). Jack's a reactionary CIA b.s. pain in the ass, run around screaming that terrorist will get us, hate the whole world character.
The first film was very right wing.
So along comes Barbra in "Meet The Fockers" and she's playing Rose, this lifeforce for the left. And she's just so amazing and restores balance.
So to sideline her for this film was a huge mistake.
Barbra's got a natural chemistry with the two kids and she's just delightful. You never believe that the kids are real kids until their scene (near the end of the movie) with Barbra.
I would buy this used (and cheap) just to have it for Barbra. But I'm not buying it new. Forget that.
And forget that you need to see it.
If you saw the first two, you saw this one.
See Jack comes to town and doesn't think Greg (Ben) is a good choice for his daughter. And he spies on Greg. And he's convinced Greg is cheating. And he tells Greg off.
That's happened in every one of the movies. Every one.
Did no one think, "This plot sure is familiar?"
And Robert De Nero is just awful. He's a lousy actor. He can't share with anyone on screen because he's so damn interior.
Blythe Danner did try and I feel bad that I couldn't like her (underwritten) part more. She changed the character's hair and also the way she carried herself. I think to demonstrate what Dina learned through the second film. So she played her more spontaneous. That wasn't in the script, it was just the way she entered rooms and the way she gestured and these other physical things.
She worked really hard. It's a damn shame the script gave her nothing.
She tells Jack he needs to accept Greg. Haven't we seen that in every film?
Dustin and Barbra were both out of the action. For most of the film, when Barbra was on, she was once on the phone from out of state, another time on the TV (Jack and Dina watching) and I believe there was another time she was on TV. Finally, at the end, she's at the kid's birthday party. Dustin's almost the same. He's on that first call but he's in Spain learning to flamenco dance. Then he's gone until he shows up to take Greg to the kid's birthday party.
Robert's not funny. He's no menacing.
Henry (Ben's son) has a lizard. It was a cute trick, actually. It worked really well. And it was a nice pet that gave a nice visual. But they had to throw it to that damn cat Jinx. And like Robert, Jinx was overweight, overfed and overplaying.
If you like Barbra, see the movie. But if you're smart, you'll fast forward through the scenes she's not in.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"