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Meet the Parents (2000)



Critic Consensus: Despite sometimes sitcom-like execution, Meet the Parents is a hilarious look at familial relationships that works mostly because the chemistry between its two leads is so effective.

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In this comedy from Austin Powers director Jay Roach, Ben Stiller plays a young man who endures a disastrous weekend at the home of his girlfriend's parents. Greg Focker (Stiller) is completely in love with Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo), and views their upcoming trip to her parents' house on Long Island (where her sister is to be married during the weekend) as a perfect opportunity to ask her to marry him. Once Greg is introduced to Pam's parents, however, things stampede steadily downhill. Pam's father, Jack (Robert De Niro), takes an instant and obvious dislike to his daughter's boyfriend, lambasting him for his job as a nurse and generally making Greg painfully aware of the differences between him and Pam's family. Where Greg is grubby, relatively unambitious, and Jewish, Pam comes from a long line of well-mannered, blue-blooded WASPs. Things go from bad to worse in less time than it takes to spin a dreidel, with Greg incurring the wrath of both Pam's father -- who, it turns out, worked for the CIA for 34 years -- and the rest of her family, and almost single-handedly destroying their house and the wedding in the process. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi

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Robert De Niro
as Jack Byrnes
Ben Stiller
as Greg Focker
Teri Polo
as Pam Byrnes
Blythe Danner
as Dina Byrnes
Owen Wilson
as Kevin Rawley
James Rebhorn
as Larry Banks
Jon Abrahams
as Denny Byrnes
Nicole DeHuff
as Debbie Byrnes
Tom McCarthy
as Bob Banks
Phyllis George
as Linda Banks
Kali Rocha
as Flight Attendant
Bernie Sheredy
as Norm the Interrogator
Judah Friedlander
as Pharmacy Clerk
Peter Bartlett
as Animal Shelter Worker
John Elsen
as Chicago Airport Security
Mark Hammer
as Hospital Patient
Amy Hohn
as Ticket Agent
William Severs
as Father O'Boyle
Marilyn Dobrin
as Lost Luggage Clerk
Russell Hornsby
as Late Night Courier
Patricia Cook
as Little Girl
Cody Arens
as Little Boy
Cole Hawkins
as Little Boy
Spencer Breslin
as Little Boy
Ian Rosenthal
as Wedding Worker
Kresimir Novakovic
as Airport Policeman
Lynn Ann Castle
as Security Guard
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Critic Reviews for Meet the Parents

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (39)

Meet the Parents isn't as funny as There's Something About Mary, nor as outrageous. But it confirms that Ben Stiller is the best of today's young practitioners of frustration comedy.

July 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Scenes that should have been uproarious are weaker than many of the movie's smaller moments, whose everyday humor isn't specific to the plot or characters.

April 9, 2012 | Full Review…

Alas, poor Focker. He can't help himself. And we can't help ourselves from falling about, equally helpless, at this superbly antic movie.

August 15, 2008 | Full Review…

Astutely observed, subtly played and consistently hilarious...

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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When the script puts its faith in the audience, allowing us to find the laughs on our own, the film is irresistible, a bright lark. Yet when the writers panic, upping the antic volume and shifting into crazed sitcom gear, the lark stops.

March 22, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A hilarious hodgepodge of The In-Laws and Annie Hall, in which De Niro gives his best comic performance to date.

June 4, 2001 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Meet the Parents

A cool funny film as Ben Stiller has to win over his girlfriends parents. Some very funny scenes with De Niro as the protective father.

Dean King
Dean King

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Uses very quiet like performances with hilarious outcomes. A different comedy that stands out amongst the toilet-slapstick-fart-joke movies that are coming out nowadays.

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I wish some of the slapstick gags were funnier than they were but there's no denying that as a whole, the movie was funny. DeNiro and Ben Stiller were absolutely flawless working with eachother and they had a lot of comedic charm. I do wish that it focused more on the laughs than the sitcomish drama. It wasn't perfect but Meet the Parents deals with issues in a hilarious and equally energetic way.

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