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Meet the Parents (2000)

Ben Stiller , Robert De Niro , Jay Roach  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (463 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Nicole DeHuff
  • Directors: Jay Roach
  • Writers: Greg Glienna, Jim Herzfeld, John Hamburg, Mary Ruth Clarke
  • Producers: Amy Sayres, Emo Philips, Greg Glienna
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, German, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (463 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MFNW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,748 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Randy Newman's opening song, "A Fool in Love", perfectly sets up the scenario of Meet the Parents: "Show me a man who is gentle and kind and I'll show you a loser". Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is the fool in love. Just as he's about to propose to his girlfriend Pam (Teri Polo), he learns that her sister's fiancé asked their father, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), for permission to marry. Now he feels the need to do the same thing. When Greg meets Jack, he is so desperate to be liked that he makes up stories and feebly attempts to ingratiate himself with his prospective father-in-law rather than having the courage of his convictions. It doesn't take an elite member of the CIA to see right through Greg, but unfortunately that's precisely what Jack is. Directed by Jay Roach (the Austin Powers films), Meet the Parents is a well-crafted comedy that makes for a pleasant contrast to the sloppy excesses of the Farrelly brothers. Stiller is great at playing up the uncomfortable comedy of errors, balancing just the right amount of selfishness and self-deprecating humour, while De Niro's excels as the intimidating father. Blythe Danner as his wife, the Gracie to De Niro's George Burns, is the true heart of the film and Owen Wilson turns in yet another terrific comic performance as Pam's ex-fiancé. --Andy Spletzer,

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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny Movie(Another Ben Stiller Winner) October 9, 2000
I wasn't really sure what to expect with Robert De Niro in a more comedic role and the so-so reviews of Meet the Parents. Well, let me be the first to tell you that all theses reviews were wrong and De Niro shined in his role as the father. The toilet humor of There's Something About Mary is still present in Meet the Parents--I won't give any of it away since the shock factor is what makes these scenes so hilarious. Ben Stiller is wonderful as Gregory, the misguided yet well-intentioned boyfriend of Jack's daughter. This movie had so many well placed comic moments that I never really stopped laughing. Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller make such a great pair because of the fact that they are such polar opposites. De Niro's paranoia feeds Stiller's own paranoia and makes for a lot of awkward but humorous confrontations. Their misunderstandings range from the hidden meaning of "Puff the Magic Dragon" to premarital relations. Mixed in somewhere within the gags and the shock humor is a nice romance story that is somewhat generic but never overshadows Stiller and De Niro's relationship. Meet the Parents is one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time and I implore you to see it.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest Flick Of 2000 January 22, 2001
By Josh
In a year filled with less-than-par movies (especially those in the comedic genre) this was a breath of fresh air. I haven't heard a theatre audience laugh harder since 1995 when I watched "Dumb & Dumber". This is a similar comedy with a little more sense and a little less slapstick.
Greg Focker is a nurse who, before asking his girlfriend to marry him, must visit her parents and o.k. it with them. Things seem to be going well enough when he picks up the wrong bag at the airport, causing the oncoming hell that is 'Meeting the parents'.
Robert DeNiro stars as the father, an ex CIA agent who keeps a very close eye on Focker, and doesn't like what he sees. He mistakes him for a pot smoking, test-cheating, porno-watching liar who isn't fit for his daughter. At the comedic climax of the film, DeNiro even gives Focker a polygraph test.
In the end, sides aching, this film left me more satisfied than I'd been walking out of a theatre in a LONG time. Although comedies typically don't get oscar nods, this one is certainly deserving.
Lets pray for a "Meet The Parents, The Sequel" to save us from future movie boredom.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet the Parents February 28, 2001
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You don't need a lot of words to describe a movie this funny. I really didn't stop laughing from the very first minute of the movie. I admit that I have been disappointed by Stiller movies in the past, like "There's Something About Mary" and "Mystery Men". I didn't hate them, but I didn't really want to watch them over again after seeing them.
Ben and Deniro are both brillant together in this movie. They are both from completely different planets as far as comedic prowess and that makes them work great against each others characters. The play on Focker's name is just so hilarious. It's a great movie, I could watch it over and over again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Hysterical!!! July 16, 2005
By Katie
My husband & I actually went to see this movie the week before he was going to ask my father for my hand in marriage - thank God he already knew my family, or I think this movie may have scared him off!!!

I have to say that we laughed SO hard during this movie that our cheeks hurt! And, everyone else in the theater was laughing hysterically too. In fact, when it was over, everyone in the theater stood up and clapped - I've only seen a standing ovation in a movie theater twice in my life!

"Meet the Parents" is a romantic comedy about about an awkward guy who is ready to ask his girlfriend to marry him. However, just as he's ready to pop the question, he finds out that her sister's boyfriend had just asked her father for her hand in marriage (and his girlfriend makes it clear that she thinks that this is the way it should be)- so now, he not only has to meet her parents, he has to look good enough in their eyes so that they'll say yes to his proposal.

Well, he winds up becoming even more awkward - telling lies just to look better than he his, and always in such a way that ANYONE could tell he's not on the up & up. To boot, her father is a CIA agent, so of course he can see right through his shinanagins (did I spell that right???). This is hysterical in & of itself, but then the physical comedy comes to play (think Jack Tripper of "Threes Company")... Put together, this movie just couldn't be funnier!!!

If you're looking for a great romantic comedy, & want to laugh until your cheeks hurt, then I HIGHLY recommend this movie!
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MEET THE PARENTS is sheer delight January 6, 2001
MEET THE PARENTS is billed as the hysterical comedy of the year and the vociferous accolades is justified because of the impeccable acting and the outstanding supporting ensemble. Robert De Niro is at his best in this comedy with his wry humour and irresistible dry wits. Ben Stiller charms as the male paramedic, Greg Focker who embarks on a treacherous "Meet the Parents" session when he decides to settle down with Pam (Teri Polo). A series of accidents happen and Greg begins to reconsider his options when her ex-boyfriend played by Owen Wilson stepped in. The whole mess including breaking the urn of De Niro's beloved mother and the reciting of the "prayer", breaking the nose of Pam's sister at a volleyball game - makes such a hilarious turn and imaginative gloss to the plot.
However, it is the acting that shines - especially De Niro and Stiller with such perfect comedic timing that they fill up the screen with luminous presence. Never a dull moment, although the slapsticks do occur - "Puff the Magic Dragon " and all the cranky jokes on Focker's name - makes it entertaining and accessible yet not crude. The director Jay Roach (AUSTIN POWERS) sits back prudently to watch the two leads steal the show with their effervescent chemistry. Never mind the plot - just watch the two male actors enchant. This is definitely one comedy that is so affable and adorable that it requires no parental guidance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable movie
This is considered to be the best of the trilogy, and for good reason. De Niro and Stiller's chemistry makes this movie very funny.
Published 6 days ago by breed3134
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie, great cast of characters
Great movie, but I would say the 2nd one is better (how many times can you say that?) The plot just keeps getting funnier and funnier and the ending, well, first time I saw that... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Bryan Bain
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent acting; Uproariously Funny; You must "Meet The Parents"!
Excellently funny. No one does "the awkward moment" better than Ben Stiller. I can watch it over and over and enjoy "Meet The Parents" as if it were the first time. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Pat Ector
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Ilya Iofik
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A classic comedy!
Published 1 month ago by t.maier
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very funny movie
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars family fun
One of Stiller's and De Niro's best movies ever.....a great family film and a lot of fun....a true classic for years to come.
Published 1 month ago by Joshua W
4.0 out of 5 stars Good cast
Lots of chuckles, a few quite outrageous situations, and some bathroom humor.
Published 1 month ago by Carole Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost too funny!
My grandsons, ages sixteen and thirteen, and I watched all three of the Focker movies one night. We laughed so hard through all of them!
Published 2 months ago by Judith A. Pascoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet The Father-In-Law From Hell
poor Greg all he wants to do is purpose to his girlfriend but he has to meet her parents and especially get through meeting his future father-in-law who happens to be an ex-cia... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tom Brooks
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