Meet the Parents (2000)

Meet the Parents (2000)
  • Time: 108 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Director: Jay Roach
  • Cast: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Owen Wilson


A Jewish male nurse plans to ask his live-in girl friend to marry him. However, he learns that her strict father expects to be asked for his daughter’s hand before she can accept. Thus begins the visit from Hell as the two travel to meet Mom and Dad, who turns out to be former CIA with a lie detector in the basement. Coincidentally, a sister also has announced her wedding to a young doctor. Of course everything that can go wrong, does, including the disappearance of Dad’s beloved Himalayan cat, Jinxie.

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  • It’s every man’s worst nightmare: meeting his girlfriend’s parents for the first time. This idea is even more intimidating for Greg Focker (Stiller), a male nurse, who hopes to soon propose to his girlfriend Pam. As Pam’s sister has just been proposed to, the couple is invited to the wedding, and meets Pam’s parents. On first glance, Pam’s father Jack is kind and loving; however, we soon see Jack calling someone for Greg’s legal records and files. Even for the most innocent person, this is something that you do not want someone to be investigating into.
    As the two men talk more and more, Jack becomes more and more suspicious and unforgiving towards Greg. Not long after, polygraph tests are given, events become disasters, and life for Greg becomes a torment.

    I originally wanted to see this because it featured my favorite actor, Robert De Niro. Though he usually is in a role where he is a mobster, hit-man, etc., this is one of the roles where he tried his hand at comedic acting. After successes like Analyze This, where he made fun of his tough-guy persona, he received more lighthearted roles, and this is one of them.
    The plot itself is simple. A man meets his potential father-in-law, and the father-in-law makes his time miserable. Before I hit “Play”, I thought, “Well they’ll have some good jokes, Stiller will do his usually shenanigans, and it’ll end soundly. Needless to say, it did not go as I thought. The basic plot’s humor wears off within the first 40 minutes, and the remaining 1 hour and 8 minutes is just potty humor, distasteful sex jokes, and Ben Stiller looking stupid (as usual). I’m not sure if it was my expectations coming into the film that were too high, or the quality of the film was so low in actuality, but I did not like this film very much.

    I can appreciate low-brow humor when it is done correctly, but the Stiller brand of comedy is not one that I’ve ever found good, and I doubt that I ever will.

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