Not suitable under 13, PG to 15 (Themes, sexual references, violence)
This topic contains:
- overall comments and recommendations
- details of classification and consumer advice lines for Little Fockers
- a review of Little Fockers completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 6 January 2011.
Overall comments and recommendations
|Children under 13
||Not suitable due to themes, sexual references and violence
||Parental guidance recommended due to themes and sexual references.
|Children 15 and over
||OK for this age group
About the movie
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:
|Consumer advice lines:
||Sexual references and comedic violence
This review of the movie contains the following information:
A synopsis of the story
Little Fockers, the third instalment in the
Meet the Parents saga opens as Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) and his wife Pam (Teri
Polo) prepare for the fifth birthday of their twins Henry and Samantha.
Greg, now a hospital administrator, is
approached by Andi Garcia (Jessica Alba), a drug company representative, who
offers him a moonlighting job presenting a penis erectile dysfunction drug
called Sustengo to a group of doctors at a hotel convention.
Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), Greg’s father
in-law, after suffering a mild heart attack and realising his own mortality,
phones Greg and appoints him the new family patriarch, the “God-Focker”, a role
that Greg takes on board with relish. A couple of week later, Jack and Dina
Byrnes (Blythe Danner) arrive for an extended visit on Thanksgiving.
In order to be able to afford to maintain
his house in the style fitting a “God-Focker”, Greg decides to take up Andi
Garcia’s job offer. However, due to a comedy of errors, his suspicious
father-in-law forms the mistaken impression that Greg is having an affair with
Andi, and Greg’s life becomes increasingly complicated.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Erectile dysfunction drugs; relationship problems
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
Little Fockers contains slapstick and
comedic violence and accidental harm, including some exaggerated blood and
gore. Examples include:
- Jack Byrnes rings 911 and asks for an
ambulance, telling the operator that he is going into cardiac arrest and that
he is going to attempt to defibrillate himself. He takes hold of two electrical
wires and puts them close to his chest. The scene cuts with the lights
- Greg Focker, while using a very large knife
to carve a turkey, slips and cuts his finger. He grabs hold of his cut finger
with blood spurting out across the dinner table.
- Kevin holds Henry in his arms and cracks
the boy’s neck with Henry instantly falling unconscious. Kevin says that it is
a massage technique that causes you to fall asleep.
- Greg tells Jack that they should place an
explosive device in another man’s oven and blow the man up, making it look like
an accidental gas leak, but then tells Jack that he was joking.
- Five-year-old Henry climbs a wall and falls.
We so not see him hit the ground but hear the sound of a thud.. Later we see
the boy in hospital having his wrist plastered and hear that he has a slight
- A woman pushes Greg backwards into a large
deep hole in the ground, then throws herself into the hole and we hear a loud
thud as she lands on top of Greg. Later we see the pair lying unconscious in
the bottom of the hole with the woman lying on top of Greg. Both recover
- While at the twin’s birthday party, Greg
and Jack engage in a violent fist fight. They punch each other in the mouth and
face, twist each other’s arms, attempt to strangle each other, knee each other
in the stomach and wrestle. At one point the two men jump into a ball pit and
continue their fight while a number of children are playing in the pit. Greg
shouts to the children to get out and we hear the children screaming as they
scramble out of the pit. By the end of the fight both men are covered with small
cuts and bruises.
- Following the fist fight between Jack and
Greg, Jack grabs his chest as if suffering a heart attack. An ambulance arrives
and we see Jack wheeled to the ambulance on a stretcher.
Material that may scare or disturb children
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent
scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb
children under the age of five, including the following:
- Henry vomits over his father’s face and
chest. We see the stream of vomit leave the boy’s mouth and shower Greg and we hear
- Jack tells his grandson how when he was in
a war a gecko crawled into his ear and laid eggs and that he had to get the
sergeant to take them out before the lavae entered his brain.
- In a preschool, a man lifts what appears to
be a human brain out of a bowl and shows it to a class of very young children.
- A cat chases and catches a lizard. People
chase the cat with the lizard half hanging out of its mouth. Greg catches the
cat and squeezes its stomach, causing the cat to spit out the lizard which is
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Younger children in this group may also be
disturbed by some of the above mentioned scenes.
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Nothing of concern
The following products are displayed or
used in this movie:
Frequent sexual references include:
- On a number of occasions reference is made
to an erectile dysfunction drug that increases penile blood flow.
- While a nurse attempts to put an enema tube
in a man’s rectum we hear the man telling the nurse to “get out of my arse”.
Two more nurses enter the room to complete the procedure, during which we hear
the pair making numerous sexual references such as: the benefits of lubricating
and dilation; focusing on relaxing your anus; it being a natural response to
protect a body cavity etc.
- Greg’s mother Roz Focker hosts a sex
therapy television program with the tagline “Sexpress yourself”. During one of
her shows we hear her talking about musical condoms that play the tune faster
as you move faster, and she also talks about how Greg got carpal tunnel
syndrome from masturbating continuously as a teenager.
- Five-year-old Henry asks if girls can
“poop” from their vaginas..
- While visiting an early learning centre,
Jack and Greg are mistaken for a gay couple.
- Greg tells his wife that selling “boner
medication” creeps him out.
- When Pam sees Andi she tells Greg “You told
me she sold boner medicine. You didn’t tell me she was boner medicine”.
While giving a
presentation Greg talks about keeping your snake (penis) in a cage
Nudity and sexual activity
There is some nudity and sexual activity in
this movie, including:
- Women wearing brief, revealing clothing.
- While at a hotel, we see Andi kissing Greg
on the cheek.
- After viewing Roz Focker’s sex therapy
shows on TV, Dina Byrnes, wearing lingerie beneath a coat, approaches Jack in
an seductive manner kissing him on the lips and staying. “Let’s be quick”. Jack
picks up a box of Sustengo. Later, Greg comes home to find Jack sitting in the
lounge room. He glances at Jack’s crotch and asks him if everything was alright
down there. When Greg asks Jack how long he has had an erection, Jack admits to taking the drug Sustengo
and that he had maintained the erection for more than five hours, stating that
he was having a “dick attack”; we see a huge bulge in the front of Jack’s
pants. Jack asks Greg to give him a needle to counteract the effects of the
Sustengo and in the next scene we find the two men in the bathroom with Greg
holding a needle and Jack dropping his pants.
- While at an early learning centre, Greg’s
five-year-old son is asked to draw a picture and when the picture is viewed by
a female teacher we hear the woman looks shocked and we see a stick figure
drawing of Greg sticking a needle into Jack’s penis telling the woman that it
was a picture of his daddy helping his grandpa have a wee wee.
- A man makes suggestive thrusting motions
with his hips while standing behind another man who is talking to a woman.
- Andi takes off her shirt and leaps upon
Greg wrapping her arms around his neck and her legs around his waist while
kissing him passionately on the lips. Greg pushes her away and runs outside.
Andi follows Greg and while standing in front of him, removes her skirt.
- After Kevin mistakes Roz’s intentions, he
kisses her on the lips just as her husband Bernie walks in. Bernie asks Kevin
to leave so that he can have sex with his wife and Roz tells Bernie that Kevin’s
kiss had some tongue in it.
Use of substances
There is some use of substances in this
- Throughout the film multiple reference are
made to male erectile dysfunction drugs. We see a man taking erectile
dysfunction drugs and see Andi spiking Greg’s drink with them.
- Andi inhales some type of drug through her
- On several occasions men and women drinking
alcohol during dinner and at bars, and there is some intoxication.
- Jack asks Greg to give him an injection to
counteract the effects of the erectile dysfunction drug.
Andi and Greg consume
wine, drinking an entire bottle with Andi becoming intoxicated and behaving in
an erratic manner.
Little Fockers contains coarse language,
and name-calling. Examples include:
- In the film the Name ‘Focker’ sounds just
like the word ‘fucker’ with the name used in a variety of ways such as “My
Focker, God Focker, Focker sandwich, Mom Focker, this Gay Focker, and
Fockerised. When Greg injects Jack in his penis Jack shouts out “Focker!”
- Get out of my arse; bad arse, shit (used in
a variety of ways), boobs, bastard, boner, Jesus Christ, O my god, scum-bag
In a nutshell
Little Fockers is the third instalment in
the Meet the Parents comedy saga and contains the same type of material seen in
the first two films. It is suited to an older adolescent and adult audience
with most of the film’s humour and sexual references being unsuitable for
children under thirteen. Younger children would also find the film’s storyline
of little interest.
The film’s main message is that a
harmonious family is achieved through love, tolerance and cooperation rather
than a controlling patriarch or matriarch.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children
include commitment to family: Both Greg and Jack view their family as the most
important thing and are willing to sacrifice much and undergo hardship for
Parents may wish to discuss the real life consequences of Jack’s over-the-top
controlling behaviour. His desire to control every aspect of his daughter’s
family causes the family to become less stable rather than more stable.