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Very Funny, DeNiro Makes You Laugh!,
This review is from: Meet the Parents (DVD)
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-