Meet the Parents

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on 6/5/2012

There are some really great scenes in this one, particularly the infamous "lie detector" sequence. The hijinks go on and on, delivering a lot of laughs. The humor is both constant and believable in the sense that you could just see some of this happening to a real guy.

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An about-to-be-married man meets his in-laws and screws up royally.


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 40696866
UPC 025192545924
UPC 14 00025192545924
Format DVD
Release Date 5/23/2006
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note MEET THE PARENTS stars Ben Stiller as the unfortunately named Greg Focker, a neurotic nurse intent on marrying his girlfriend, Pam (Teri Polo). But when the couple visits Pam's family home for her sister's wedding, he must first win the approval of her father, Jack (Robert De Niro), a protective ex-CIA agent. Before long, the awkward Greg and the suspicious Jack go head-to-head, resulting in hilarious scenes that feature a lie detector test, a suburban car chase, a toilet-trained cat, and a mean game of water volleyball. As the misunderstandings and mistakes reach an almost nightmarish peak, it seems as though Greg may never win over Pam's unflinching guardian. ^Featuring the inspired pairing of Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller (and an excellent appearance by Owen Wilson), director Jay Roach's clever comedy exemplifies every man's worst fears about courtship. When things for Stiller's character get bad, they just continue to get worse, culminating in a ridiculously funny airport scene. In the tradition of ANNIE HALL and FLIRTING WITH DISASTER, MEET THE PARENTS is an intelligent yet slapstick comedy about the eccentricities of the American family.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Be nice to this one, okay? I really like him."--Pam (Teri Polo) to her father, Jack (Robert De Niro) |"Okay, I'll try."--Jack
Quote "The dog is an emotionally shallow animal."--Jack to Greg (Ben Stiller), regarding the superiority of cats over dogs
Quote "See, Greg, if you yell at a dog, his ears will go down and his tail will cover his genitals even if he's done nothing wrong. It's very easy to break a dog. But cats make you work for their affection. Cats don't sell out like dogs do."--Jack to Greg
Quote "I had no idea you could milk a cat."--Dina (Blythe Danner) to Greg
Quote "I'm a patient man. That's what nineteen months in a POW camp will do to you. If I think you're trying to corrupt my firstborn child in any way, I will bring you down, baby! I will bring you down to Chinatown!"--Jack to Greg
New York Times "...MEET THE PARENTS presents Mr. De Niro as any man's worst nightmare....A singular achievement." 10/06/2000 p.E10
USA Today "...[The filmmakers] cast the perfect foils [Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller]....One can only say amen to the comedy gods for Stiller's desperate stab at saying grace..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 10/06/2000 p.2E
Entertainment Weekly "...The casting is inspired, leading with [Stiller]....It goes down like a flute of Champagne, leaving an aftertaste of giggles..." -- Rating: B 10/06/2000 pp.51-2
Total Film "...Painfully funny and funnily painful, MEET THE PARENTS is top drawer, grown-up comedy. A date movie with teeth..." 01/01/2000 p.86-7
Sight and Sound "...A well-executed mainstream comedy....[With] an acute, insightful commentary..." 01/01/2001 p.54-5
Rolling Stone "...De Niro gives his best comic performance to date....Owen Wilson is a merry standout..." 10/26/2000 p.121
Los Angeles Times "...This buoyant, giddy comedy of catastrophe is the funniest film of the year so far....MEET THE PARENTS is finely cast and always outrageous..." 10/06/2000 p.C1
Chicago Sun-Times "...Ben Stiller has a good line in embarrassment and chagrin. His chiseled face looks so earnest, so willing to please, and turn incredulous as the world conspires against him..." 10/06/2000 p.39
Jay Roach
Owen Wilson
Blythe Danner
Ben Stiller
Robert De Niro
Cast & Crew
Ben Stiller - Actor
Blythe Danner - Actor
Greg Glienna - Story By
James Rehborn - Actor
Jay Roach - Director
Jim Herzfeld - Screenplay
John Hamburg - Screenplay
Mary Ruth Clarke - Story By
Nancy Tenenbaum, et al. - Producer
Owen Wilson - Actor
Peter James - Director of Photography
Randy Newman - Musical Score
Robert De Niro - Actor
Teri Polo - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
Catalog ID 25459
UPC 00025192545924
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 108 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
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
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Meet the Parents is not a terrible film - there are enough amusing moments to keep things fro
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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor De Niro,Robert
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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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