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Male nurse Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is poised to propose to his girlfriend Pam (Teri Polo) during a weekend stay at her parents' home. But here's the catch...he needs to ask her father first. Alas, the fur flies as Jack Byrnes, Pam's cat-crazy, ex-CIA father, played hysterically by Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, takes an immediate dislike to her less-than truthful beau. Greg's quest for approval gets seriously sidetracked as Murphy's Law takes over and a hilarious string of mishaps turns him into a master of disaster and total pariah in the eyes of the entire family...all except for his shell-shocked girlfriend, who can't believe she still loves her one-man wrecking crew.

Meet the Parents, from the director of Austin Powers, is an uproarious blockbuster hit that bombards you with one laugh after another, as true love tries to conquer all, against all odds.

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Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 207938721
UPC 025195045261
UPC 14 00025195045261
Format DVD
Release Date 6/3/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
MTV Award (2001) Ben Stiller, Winner, Best Comedic Performance,Robert De Niro ("Are you a pothead, Focker?"), Winner, Best Line from a Movie,Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Nominee, Best On-Screen Team
People's Choice (2001) Meet the Parents, Winner, Favorite Comedy Motion Picture
Oscar (2001) Randy Newman ("A Fool In Love"), Nominee, Best Music, Original Song
Golden Globe (2001) Robert De Niro, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Like Analyze This, Meet the Parents plays off De Niro's intimidating reputation as a psycho/gangster/all-around badass. Here, he portrays the living embodiment of every guy's nightmare: the girlfriend's father. The role certainly doesn't make undue demands of De Niro. By playing things straight, he milks the greatest comic potential out of an uneven screenplay...In Analyze This, De Niro proved beyond any doubt that he can be as adept at comedy as at drama, and there's nothing in Meet the Parents to challenge that conclusion...Unfortunately, the movie as a whole doesn't live up to its top-billed actor's performance. Meet the Parents is put together like a TV sit-com...Meet the Parents is not a terrible film - there are enough amusing moments to keep things from becoming tedious - but it lacks a few of the key ingredients (like comic momentum) that would have made it a consistently entertaining endeavor. Much like the aforementioned Vacation films, this one proceeds according to a formula, allowing nothing to deter it from its preordained trajectory. Unfortunately, there are times when being on such a rigidly constrained track smothers the potential for off-the-wall comedy (I'm sure the desire to obtain a "PG-13" rating had something to do with that, as well). The only chances Meet the Parents takes are safe chances.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Ben Stiller has a good line in embarrassment and chagrin. His chiseled face looks so earnest, so willing to please, and turns incredulous as the world conspires against him. In "There's Something About Mary" and again in "Meet the Parents," he plays a young man who desperately wants to impress the girl he loves and plunges into a series of humiliating miscalculations. He doesn't have anything hanging from his ear in this picture, but he acts as if he thinks he might...In "Meet the Parents," he plays the unfortunately named Greg Focker. That's not his real name; Focker is, Greg isn't. He is in love with a Chicago schoolteacher named Pam (Teri Polo), who takes him home to meet her parents on Long Island. Her dad, Jack, is played by Robert De Niro as the nightmare of every hopeful groom. He is a reasonable man, his reason operating like a steel vise to clamp down on every contradiction and improbability in Greg's conversation..."Meet the Parents" was directed by Jay Roach, who made the "Austin Powers" movies and here shows he can dial down from farce into a comedy of (bad) manners. His movie is funnier because it never tries too hard; De Niro, in particular, gets laughs by leaning back and waiting for them to come to him. And Stiller is like the target in a dunk-the-clown game, smiling while the world falls out from under him.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
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Quotes
Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News ...consistently funny without the calculated gross-out moments that have been dominating mainstream comedy...
Los Angeles Times This buoyant, giddy comedy of catastrophe is the funniest film of the year...finely cast and always outrageous...
Neil Smith, BBC Online A five star hoot.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Hilarious! Impossible not to laugh!
Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly The best American comedy of 2000. It has wit, slapstick and romance -- as well as an improbable comedy team in Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller...

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