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Meet the Parents

7.01 h 48 min2000X-RayPG-13
Young professional can't do anything right in the eyes of his girlfriend's overbearing ex-spy father.
Jay Roach
Robert De NiroBen StillerBlythe Danner
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Teri PoloJon AbrahamsSpencer BreslinNicole DehuffOwen WilsonJames RebhornTom McCarthyKali RochaPhyllis GeorgeThomas McCarthy
Jane RosenthalNancy TenenbaumJay RoachRobert De Niro
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

5567 global ratings

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J. ToopsReviewed in the United States on June 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Freaking love this movie--gets funnier as I get older
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Saw it when it first came out, saw it a few times afterwards when it aired on TV in the 2000s, saw it a month ago with my tween kids.

Oh Lord, it somehow got funnier! How does that even happen? I literally (yes, there were tears) cried with laughter during some of the most cringeworthy scenes. My 13-year-old daughter had to leave the room a couple times because she couldn't handle the escalation in humiliation. My younger daughter screamed with laughter.

When I asked them if they'd watch the sequel with me, the 13-year-old yelled, "No! No way!" and went upstairs to bed. My younger daughter was ready to hunker down for another two hours of Fockers, but I had to nip it in the bud since it was already midnight.

I highly recommend this movie for over-the-top, family viewing (ages 13 and up).
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Was just waiting to laugh Just one time and it never happened
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This movie started a successful franchise of three films but this one is such a dud. 30 minutes in and I hadn’t even cracked a smile. It didn’t get any better after that. It was just very safe and tame writing that was not funny. For instance Robert De Niro gives Ben Stiller a lie detector test and asks him about whether the meat for dinner was undercooked. Oh that’s a good one. I can see the big laughs that would get. More time than naught I caught myself just shaking my head at how bad the jokes were. Stiller looks at a Lil Kim poster and says she’s “phat.” The script just had so many gems like that.
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R.C.Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gen Z loves this Gen X comedy that makes fun of Boomers
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Basically, unless you're a Millennial, you'll love this movie. Millenials might like it too.

Gen Z finds Jack Burns to be a typical Boomer and dies at how cringy he is, and

Gen X totally agrees with them until they find out Gen Z also thinks Gaylord Focker is a Boomer which is incredulous as Ben Stiller is clearly established as Gen X through his role in Reality Bites. Okay Boomer. Whatever.

Boomers laugh out loud when hilarity ensues as Jack Burns, played by Robert DeNiro, alienates his would be future son-in-law played by some actor named Ben Stiller. Never mind that the only Stiller they've ever heard of is Jerry, of that comedy duo, Stiller and Meara.

Millenials might like this movie too. I'll update my review if I get the opportunity for an anecdotal study on this generation.
Serkan OkarReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best comedies in the last 2 decades
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Meet the Parents is one of the best comedies of the last 2 decades. Its basic premise is simple but the script, the acting and all the comedic elements compliment each other very effectively. It's the suitor meets the father story. The father (Jack) is brilliantly portrayed by Robert DeNiro who typically doesn't play in comedies (or he hasn't typically starred in comedies with few exceptions). He is perfect for the role and so is Ben Stiller who plays the suitor (Greg), who is dating Pam, Jack's daughter. Greg is a nice fellow but Jack is the type of father who is overly critical of Greg's qualifications and things get from bad to worse quickly in a series of misunderstandings and mishappenings. Even though comedy is not my favorite genre, I hold regard this one very highly. This is one of the few modern Hollywood comedies in my collection. Some other great comedies since the 2000 are [[ASIN:B004ZJZQ1A The 40-Year-Old Virgin]], [[ASIN:B00LVGTPYO Wedding Crashers]], [[ASIN:B001JNNDDI MIss Little Sunshine]] and [[ASIN:B001UV4XEW The Hangover]]
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dxyou23Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I have seen this movie several times and it still makes me laugh every time. I love Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro and Teri Polo. I would watch all of the movies in this series again. I love the interaction between Robert Deniro and Jinx the cat.
michaelb1968Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars
Watch it with friends
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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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David KusumotoReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars
What a surprise! A winner on every level!
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This is a film that I winced at every time I saw its trailer. There was nothing funny about it at all and I initially thought it was a HUGE mistake on the part of DeNiro and Stiller to do a film like this. I had NO intention of seeing what looked to me like a one-joke, sophomoric film aimed at people in their teens and 20s, at the exclusion of the rest of us old fogies.
So what happened?
Opening week, good word of mouth, great reviews...
So the next weekend, I went in and found myself howling out loud, doubled over at how crazy and deliriously funny this picture was.
The thing you have to remember is that trailers and ads usually give away most of the best scenes and are solely responsible for getting people off their rears and into their cars and into their seats at the theater. A marketer's job is to make a bad film into a winner on opening weekend, at whatever cost. This is why so many bad films come up big at the box office on opening day and then peeter out in a couple of weeks. To make matters worse, I was unimpressed with the ads and trailers to "Meet the Parents." I hated the whole ad campaign as much as those dumb commercials on TV by an unnamed hamburger chain.
But while watching "Meet the Parents," the context of these scenes were fleshed out and the result was equal parts nonsense and intelligence. It made the film a first class winner, the funniest picture of the year.
Please note that I PAY to see more than 50 films a year, and I don't do it for a living. Seeing movies in a theater are a joy, and to me, time is more important than money. "Meet the Parents" lowered my expectations going in and it came out a winner, big time. It's on my list of the top ten pictures released in 2000.
I was amazed at how the story piled on layer after layer of wild situations; it was like watching one of those great screwball romantic comedies of the 30s and 40s. The best thing about "Meet the Parents" is that the material is not, as one favorable critic put it, "dumbed down" despite its premise. You FEEL for Stiller's predicaments and his frustration as things get worse. And when it does, it doesn't make you feel exasperated, impatient or frustrated. It's hilarious. You also FEEL for DeNiro's suspicions as an overly protective father who borders on being chillingly insane. My favorite scenes are the "crying poem recital," the "drag race" (won't say anything more about those, see them yourself!) and the stuff going on at the airport.
So the trailers had me fooled.
Reflecting back, there were two keys to this film's success.
The first key is the execution of each scene. You might not be impressed when someone tries to explain the film to you, but when you see it on the big screen, you see how there is a logical progression to the insanity that develops in "Meet the Parents." The insanity, it's hard to explain, makes sense when it plays out, and it doesn't take any marvelous or expensive special effects to "push" the comedy at all. It's played straight and that's what makes "Meet the Parents" funny.
The second key to the success of "Meet the Parents" is the most important...
Ben Stiller is so damned perfect for this role.
Despite the sheer nuttiness of this film and the horrible situations he gets thrown in, Stiller's innate intelligence comes through. Despite what happens, he's not an idiot. His reactions are priceless and he doesn't play the role as a dufus. He's a guy with common sense who desperately wants acceptance by DeNiro. That's why you root for him. He's not overly attractive in any conventional way -- but his charisma as an actor in this role shines because he does what he does best -- and that is to play each scene like a smart guy who can't believe the things that can go wrong IN SPITE of the well thought out, meticulous planning and foresight that any smart person would do, and he demonstrates as much to the audience when he goes through the motions to try to please his fiancee's family in a big, big way. When he fails, he can't believe it. And neither do we.
"Meet the Parents" is wall-to-wall fun, the most pleasant movie-going surprise of 2000. And the ending is wonderful. The last scene before the credits is practically given away in the trailer (again, I won't mention it), but where they put it in the film is priceless...
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J. MitchellReviewed in the United States on May 19, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious, classic movie, but disappointing DVD extras
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This is a classic movie and worth owning the DVD just to watch the movie again and again. But I was hoping there would be more bloopers and interesting extras. Aside from the commentary, the DVD extras were kind of gimmicky.
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