Meet the Parents

Meet the Parents

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Director: Jay Roach

Cast: Jay Roach, Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Blythe Danner


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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…  See more details below


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

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Daniel Weizmann
Teri Polo, as Pam Byrnes, seems the perfect girlfriend. But how would you like a raging bull for a father-in-law? That's the situation entered by Ben Stiller (as Greg Focker) in this blockbuster comedy from Austin Powers director Jay Roach. Greg is an anxiety-prone male nurse who spends an excruciating weekend at the plush country home of his girlfriend's parents, one of whom is ex-CIA man Jack Byrnes, played with brutal relish by Robert De Niro. Roach shows his gifts for pacing and slapstick fun here as Greg tries way too hard to please and ends up blowing up the septic tank, among many misdeeds that send De Niro into his signature glare. Owen Wilson (Shanghai Noon) adds another delicious turn to his growing resume as the silk-smooth and much more appropriate former boyfriend. This special wide-screen DVD features commentary from Roach, De Niro, and Stiller, as well as deleted scenes, outtakes, games, screen savers, production notes, and an on-location featurette.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
This excellent comedy features outstanding performances plus a well-constructed and hilarious script. Meet the Parents is also the directorial proving ground of Jay Roach, who finally earns his stripes beyond the realm of movie vehicles for his pal, comic actor Mike Myers. After previously attempting only sporadic work in semi-humorous projects such as Midnight Run (1988), intense, dramatic character actor Robert De Niro follows up the box-office hit Analyze This (1999) by successfully lampooning himself again, conclusively adding the comedy genre to his catalogue. Lead actor Ben Stiller is accomplished by now in his romantically challenged nerd role, executing his part with expected alacrity. Ranging through a wide field of comic styles, Meet the Parents may be less lacerating or outrageous than it could be, but it's also that rarest of Hollywood star vehicles -- a sure-fire hit appealing to a broad spectrum of audience members. It's bound to spawn a sequel or two.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
"Meet the Parents is to be commended -- it's a bouncy, loose-limbed, families-do-the-darndest things sitcom that ellicits laughs without invoking water boys, pet detectives, or Klumps."

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Special Features

Spotlight on location; Deleted scenes; Outtakes; DeNiro unplugged; The truth about lying; Silly cat tricks; Jay Roach: a director''s profile; Feature commentaries with cast and crew

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Jack Byrnes
Ben Stiller Greg Focker
Blythe Danner Dina Byrnes
Teri Polo Pam Byrnes
James Rebhorn Larry Banks
Jon Abrahams Denny Byrnes
Phyllis George Linda Banks
Kali Rocha Flight Attendant
Tom McCarthy Bob Banks
Thomas McCarthy Bob Banks
Nicole DeHuff Debbie Byrnes
Owen Wilson Kevin Rawley

Technical Credits
Jay Roach Director,Producer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Mary Ruth Clarke Original Story
Richard Cowan Asst. Director
Robert De Niro Producer
Greg Glienna Associate Producer,Original Story
John Hamburg Screenwriter
Jim Herzfeld Screenwriter
Peter James Cinematographer
John Kasarda Art Director
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Randy Newman Score Composer
Daniel Orlandi Costumes/Costume Designer
Emo Philips Associate Producer
Jon Poll Editor
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Jane Rosenthal Producer
Amy Sayres Co-producer
Rusty Smith Production Designer
Nancy Tenenbaum Producer
Jim Vincent Associate Producer
Shauna Weinberg Co-producer
Karin Wiesel Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Meet the Parents
1. A Fool in Love (Main Titles) [4:26]
2. Proposal Problem [1:36]
3. Daddy and Mommy [2:03]
4. The Drug Store Trip [3:54]
5. Dinner With the Folks [5:41]
6. Sleeping Arrangements [:21]
7. To Tell the Truth [5:54]
8. Dad''s Little Secret [:05]
9. The Grand Inquisition [5:57]
10. Greg''s Drug Problem [1:49]
11. Kevin [4:20]
12. Greg''s Afraid of the Ball [:56]
13. Wedding Smells [3:40]
14. Jinxed [1:43]
15. The Counterfeit Cast [1:41]
16. Good Enough For Pam [4:31]
17. Bomb''s the Word [1:00]
18. No More Lies [2:14]
19. A Little Circle of Trust [3:00]
20. End Credits [4:03]


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Meet the Parents 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is a true family reunion, Ben Stiller wants to mary a former CIA agents daughter. He must pu him through some certain tests because he thinks of him as a liar. Ben goes through a mess of lies and he has many problem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent movie, comedy throughout the entire movie. Ben Stiller and Robert Deniro work the comedy scenes like harmony. I hope there is a Meet The Parents 2. I would love to meet the Fockers
Guest More than 1 year ago
Meet the Parents was my favorite movie! I though it was wonderful how once something good happened to Greg something bad was sure to follow. Ben Stiller was great as Greg Focker and Robert De Niro was great as Jack Byrnes. This movie truly was an instant classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Meet The Parents is probably the funniest movie I have ever seen. When it came out on video, I was the first one to go and buy it. Ben Stiller is so funny. I laughed so hard that I had tears streaming down my face and I had to run to the restroom after the movie was over. There are few movies that have been able to do this to me. I have watched it so many times that my video is probably going about to break. I am just going to have to go and buy a new one. I can't get enough of Meet The Parents. If you haven't watched it already, I suggest that you run out and see it right now. It's the best movie that you'll ever see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Meet the Parents I laughed until I cryed!!! It was all SOOOO funny!!! I love the cat Mr.Jinxs he rocks!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great movie. It wasn't one of those stupid comdies, but it also wasn't one of those loving type of movies. I laughed my butt off.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ben Stiller is great as the nice, not-so-successful kinda guy who everyone walk all over. the same.nuff said
Guest More than 1 year ago
Meet The Parents HAS to be one of the best movies ever! its great since the second it started til the last of it! just awesome! i highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so breathe takiningly funny!!!I laughed so hard at funny man Ben Stiller and unintentional funny man Robert De Niro. Can any one tell me how to milk a cat??? LOL
Guest More than 1 year ago
ben stiller is the funniest in the movie. i would reccomend this to anyone i know. can anyone tell me how to set a whole yard on fire???lol
Guest More than 1 year ago
Meet the Parents is the funniest movie Ihave ever seen. You will laugh till you cry. This movie will keep you laughing till the end. This is the funniest I have ever senn Ben Stiller in a movie. In the last week I have watched it ten times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As usual, everyone glossed right over Blythe's part. Her comedic timing is impeccable and her beauty lights up the screen. My mission in life is to watch every movie that Blythe has ever done. I just happen to watch Meet the Parents a lot more! Can't wait for the sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest comedies that could make you laugh until it hurts. It is one of my favorite movies and I have watched it everytime I catch it on television. It is DeNiro and Stiller at their best. You would just have to see it to believe it and then you would understand why this movie is great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was very funny
Guest More than 1 year ago
A comedy of escalading discomfort in which a hapless schmuck digs himself into a bottomless pit by trying to impress his girlfriend's family. Male nurse Greg Focker(Ben Stiller) wants to pop the question to girlfried Pam Byrnes(Teri Polo). But she's daddy's little girl, and daddy(Robert De Niro) a retired horticulturist, has some old-fashioned ideas about manners and manhood. So Pam and Greg make a weekend pilgrimage to the Byrne homestead in Waspy Oyster Bay, Long Island; the occasion is the wedding of pam's younger sister. Greg gets off the wrong foot with Mr. Byrnes and never recovers: His carefully chosen gift, a rare orchid bulb, falls flat. A joke about 'Puff, the Magic Dragon' convinces Byrnes that Greg is a dope fiend, and the cork from Greg's conciliatory bottle of champagne nails the ornamental urn containing the ashes of Grandma Byrnes, which wind up being defiled on the dining room floor by the family cat,'Mr. Jinx.' Little white lies mushroom into ghastly whoppers. And Pam lets Greg in on a little family secret: Her dad was never a horticulturist--he was a CIA psychological profiler. Imagine: Every prospective father-in-law seems like a human lie detector, but Mr. Byrnes is the real thing. And so the weekend goes, from bad to worse to mortifying. On the plus side, the gross-out factor is surprisingly low, and the combination of Stiller and De Niro is inspired: No father could be more formidable, no son-in-law better equiped to squirm. But the movie's odd mix of humor consists of disconcerning, organic laughs rooting in Greg's exaggerated but reconizable situation vs. frat-boy yocks at the expense of his last name and profession. If only there were more of the inspired nuttiness that places the hiply Jewish Greg in competition with Pam's old Flame(Owen Wilson)--who took up woodworking because Jesus was a carpenter--and less feline potty humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As if his name weren't enough of a curse, Gaylord Focker (Stiller) finds himself constantly fumbling in his relationship with his future father-in-law (DeNiro). The entire cast is excellent. And the endlessly hilarious mishaps nearly had me on the theater floor.
Johnny_Raven More than 1 year ago
now i know what your thanking its a comedy blu-ray is more for action movies but i have loads of fun with the blu-ray any way i love this movie it's fun to watch ben stiller & robert deniro interact with each other
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