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Format: DVD
Sku: 40696866
UPC: 025192545924
UPC 14: 00025192545924
Rating: Game Rating Code
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First comes love. Then comes the interrogation.
An about-to-be-married man meets his in-laws and screws up royally.

"...consistently funny without the calculated gross-out moments that have been dominating mainstream comedy...  Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"This buoyant, giddy comedy of catastrophe is the funniest film of the year...finely cast and always outrageous...  Los Angeles Times
"A five star hoot.  Neil Smith, BBC Online
"Hilarious! Impossible not to laugh!  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"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...  Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal Home Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/23/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 108 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2000
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 25459
Video UPC UPC: 00025192545924
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ben Stiller
Video Cast Info Blythe Danner
Video Cast Info James Rehborn
Video Cast Info Owen Wilson
Video Cast Info Robert De Niro
Video Cast Info Teri Polo
Video Cast Info Greg Glienna - Story By
Video Cast Info Jay Roach - Director
Video Cast Info Jim Herzfeld - Screenplay
Video Cast Info John Hamburg - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Mary Ruth Clarke - Story By
Video Cast Info Nancy Tenenbaum, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Peter James - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Randy Newman - Musical Score


MTV Award (2001)
Video Award Name Ben Stiller, Winner, Best Comedic Performance

People's Choice (2001)
Video Award Name Meet the Parents, Winner, Favorite Comedy Motion Picture

Oscar (2001)
   Video Award Name Randy Newman ("A Fool In Love"), Nominee, Best Music, Original Song

Golden Globe (2001)
   Video Award Name Robert De Niro, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical

MTV Award (2001)
Video Award Name Robert De Niro ("Are you a pothead, Focker?"), Winner, Best Line from a Movie
   Video Award Name Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Nominee, Best On-Screen Team

Memorable Quotes

"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

"The dog is an emotionally shallow animal."----Jack to Greg (Ben Stiller), regarding the superiority of cats over dogs

"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

"I had no idea you could milk a cat."----Dina (Blythe Danner) to Greg

"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

Professional Reviews

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

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 7 of 10
Meet the Parents is not a terrible film - there are enough amusing moments to keep things fro - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

ReelViews 7 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   De Niro,Robert
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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