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 aSee more details below

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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

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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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Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2012
UPC:
0025192129506
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
28,469

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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