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Meet the Parents
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on 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
on January 22, 2001
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
on February 28, 2001
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
on July 16, 2005
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
on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A second DVD release ("Bonus Edition") came out at the end of 2004 to coincide with the theatrical release of the sequel, Meet the Fockers. The only additional material is more outtakes and some short featurettes. The original DVD had plenty of extras, including outtakes, deleted scenes, two commentaries, and more, so don't fall for the double dip. The difference in price is only three bucks, so if you don't own it already, it won't kill you to spring for the "bonus" one. But if you already own the "Collector's Edition" from 2001, there's no point in upgrading.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2001
I imagine the people that didn't like this flick probably watched it alone, or maybe with a significant other. Many comedies need a group viewing (theatres obviously work best) to get the full laugh effect. I viewed "Parents" twice: once alone with my wife, and again the next day with a few relatives over. It was definitely "funnier" the second time. Likewise, my 2nd screening of "American Pie" (solo) did not produce nearly the same laughs as my first screening with my beer-swilling friends. I believe setting has a lot to do with how a comedy is perceived.
That said, "Parents" was a funny flick. I am not a big DeNiro in a comedy setting, but he handled himself great here. Ben Stiller has obviously found his niche and was again funny here. Teri Polo looked juicy and held her own with Stiller and DeNiro. The future in-law family was incredibly funny, and Owen Michael as the rich ex-fiance was a gem.
The running gag on Ben Stiller's last name (Focker) never got old, and managed to generate laughs by itself. The cat storyline was cute. The DVD has some great extra features which add a half star to my rating.
All in all, it is a fun couple hours where you suspend belief and have some laughs. It is what it is. Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2006
`Meet the Parents' is one of those classic comedies you can't help but love. Ben Stiller proved he's comic genius, Teri Polo burst onto the scene and Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner stole the entire show. I just have to say I'm so glad my father-in-law isn't THIS insane.

Ben Stiller plays Greg Focker, a male nurse who's about to pop the question to girlfriend Pam (Polo) but before he can get it out she gets word that her sister is engaged. What makes this a bad thing is that Greg then finds out how old fashioned Pam's father is and realizes before he can propose he needs to ask her fathers permission. Her father Jack (De Niro) is not just an intimidating man, he's an ex-member of the CIA who is bent on exposing Greg for the sap he's certain he must be.

With Greg trying too hard to impress everyone he ends up making things much worse for himself, lying to make himself look better, losing Jack's precious cat Jinxie, flooding the backyard with sewage and quite a few other embarrassing and damaging things. What makes this film so delightful is the chemistry between every actor here; no one seems miscast despite what you may think.

De Niro is fantastic here proving once and for all that he's one of our greatest actors, and Blythe Danner is just hilarious as Pam's mother Dina. Great supporting performances by Owen Wilson (proving yet again that paired with Stiller they are dynamic) and James Rebhorn who's hilarious as Dr. Larry Banks. Just pop this one in, sit back and get ready to laugh, laugh and laugh some more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
MEET THE PARENTS may not be the best comedy of 2000, but it comes pretty close. Granted that many of the laughs can be seen setting up a mile before they arrive. Still, that doesn't make them any less funny. Ben Stiller is a great comic actor and has the poor schmuck routine down perfectly. However, Stiller doesn't steal the show here. He shares center stage with Robert DeNiro. DeNiro isn't known for his comic abilities, but if he can make a few more great comedies like this, he may become known as a great comic genius.
Other than a few swear words and a little sexual innuendo, the movie remains closer to a PG family flick of the PG-13 rating, rather than the more racier, near R-rating side of the 13. It's a film that families with children older than 10 can enjoy together. The movie reminded me of and is closer in style to older comedies that stars such as Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, and Dick Van Dyke used to make; rather than the typical gross-out picture fests that is so typical nowadays.
The movie succeeds because it's premise is derived from the very real fears of life. What groom to be doesn't fear meeting his father-in law for the first time? Then when finally meeting him find out that the man not only doesn't like you, but is an ex-CIA agent who is watching every move you make with secretly placed video cameras and is so stubborn that he can't see beyond his own selfish pride how much his daughter is in love. It's the worst fear of every man who's every asked for his father-in-law's blessing. And it just happens to make for a wonderful comedy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2003
I first saw this movie in the theater at a "sneak preview." I couldn't stop laughing. I knew Ben Stiller was funny-but Robert De Niro? I couldn't believe it.
The story has been told before in romantic comedy: a hapless groom, a male nurse, wants to propose to his girlfriend. They travel together to her WASP family's home (Blythe Danner is the Mom, thus the Wasp overtones) in Long Island for her sister's wedding. De Niro plays the father of the family, a retired "flower importer" (he actually is something else, but I won't ruin the surprise), who delights in poking small and large fun at his bumbling prospective son-in-law.
The movie follows Stiller and the family throughout the weekend and the very funny happenings and mishaps. Owen Wilson steals the movie as the former boyfriend.
I would recommend this movie to those who enjoy broad comedies. If you want to see a different side to De Niro, this movie offers it. I wouldn't recommend this movie to those who need subtlety and nuance in their comedies-you won't get it here.
I enjoyed the voice over commentary on the DVD (De Niro, Stiller, the director, and one other production person). De Niro offered some insights into how he came up with various facial expressions and improvised some lines. At times however, four people may have been too much as sometimes everyone became silent.
But overall, a great, funny experience-
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