Mr. Moviefone reviews 'Little Fockers,' 'True Grit' and 'Gulliver's Travels'
You've met the parents and the Fockers, and now it's time to get to know the "Little Fockers." The wacky, dysfunctional family is back. This time, the entire clan is invited over to Greg and Pam's for a birthday party for their twins (where the comedy mayhem ensues). And with a new job, will Greg finally have what it takes to fit in and become the family patriarch or, you guessed it, Godfocker? Returning is the same old cast, doing the same old thing.
The Reel Deal: It's shameless, tired, unfunny, and must be embarrassing for everybody involved. You should be embarrassed for even thinking about buying a ticket. It's time to put these "Little Fockers" to bed for good. I'm out.
Two lawmen and a 14-year-old girl are on the hunt in "True Grit." Told in the 1969 John Wayne movie by the same title, now it's the Coen brothers' turn at adapting the original novel. A teenage girl bent on revenge convinces U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn (played by Jeff Bridges) and a Texas Ranger (played by Matt Damon) to help her hunt down her father's killer.
The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld and Josh Brolin.
The Reel Deal: A good old-fashioned Western with guns blazing, big stars, excellent performances, dirt, and the Cohen brother sensibility. "True Grit" is exactly what the country doctor ordered for the holidays. I'm in.
Jack Black stars in a re-telling of "Gulliver's Travels." This 3D modernized version has Gulliver as a mailroom boy whose imagination has him whisked away to the fantastical land of Liliput where he's ginormous, but size doesn't always matter and even he has to prove his worth.
Along for the adventure are Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, and Amanda Peet.
The Reel Deal: Is it just me, or are we about done with Jack Black? It's not terrible, but it's not good either, and for the price of taking your family to the movies, if these are "Gulliver's Travels," we just can't come along. I'm out.
In limited release, nothing says the holidays like the miserable failed marriage in "Blue Valentine," starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. This might be the feel bad movie of the year.
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