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Meet the Parents (2000)

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84

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 146
Fresh: 122 | Rotten: 24

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.

79

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 8

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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Movie Info

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

PG-13,

Comedy

Jim Herzfeld, John Hamburg

Mar 6, 2001

$164.5M

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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 Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Astutely observed, subtly played and consistently hilarious...

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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A hilarious hodgepodge of The In-Laws and Annie Hall, in which De Niro gives his best comic performance to date.

June 4, 2001
Rolling Stone
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This fall's pleasant surprise.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Star-driven comedy at times offensive and funny.

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

...large swaths of the proceedings feel as though they'd be more at home within a garden-variety sitcom.

December 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

What gives the film its special kick is the match of Stiller and De Niro.

January 14, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Nobody plays put-upon quite like Ben Stiller.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Packed with cringe-worthy moments from beginning to end, Jay Roach's comedy is for anyone who has ever endured a weekend in the company of potential in-laws.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Owes about 55 percent of its charm to De Niro, who can be hilarious just sitting there.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Director Jay Roach of the Austin Powers films keeps the pace brisk, and the script by Jim Herzfeld and John Hamburg ably piles the pratfalls ludicrously high.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Stiller portrays a human accident better than anyone and he definitely knows how to extort laughs and sympathy from his audience

September 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
Bangitout.com

Contains enough belly-laughs and sly jokes to become one of the bigger crowd-pleasers of the fall.

July 24, 2006 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Never before have two such skilled actors been so monstrously squandered in a movie so replete with failed gags and pathetic gaffes.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comments (2)
Film Threat

A definite must-see that's perfect for a guys' night out or a relaxing date.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

An entertaining little outing, but not something that will stay with me.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The best American comedy of 2000. It has wit, slapstick and romance -- as well as an improbable comedy team in Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller

January 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Does the usual Hollywood bit of setting up the gags way in advance so that even a coma patient can spot them.

October 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

As far as one-joke movies go, this one has its guffaws.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Stiller plays a familiar character with a nice energy and presence, making the most of all his character's asides and observations.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Guaranteed to put you off suggested Sunday outings for life.

March 26, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Audience Reviews for Meet the Parents

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.
March 10, 2012
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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.
February 3, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Very funny movie about a guy who meets his girlfriend's parents for the first time. Her dad is suspicious of him. Love Robert's character. Owen is great as the ex-boyfriend. Feel sorry for Ben, should have gone home earlier!
December 13, 2011
thmtsang
T Tsang

Super Reviewer

This being the first installment it was actually funny, had some good gags and was worth watching, but I felt that some adjustments could have been made, casting in particular, and they should have made it so there could have never been any follow on's!
October 30, 2011
scottgreen96

Super Reviewer

    1. Greg Focker: Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb, what are you gonna do, arrest me?!
    – Submitted by Jakub L (23 months ago)
    1. Greg Focker: How about you take those little sticks out of your hair and realise that I am a person with feelings.
    – Submitted by Tom V (2 years ago)
    1. Jack Byrnes: [in slow-mo] Spike the ball FOCKER!
    – Submitted by Tom V (2 years ago)
    1. Greg Focker: I'm gonna go upstairs and pay a visit to the shower fairy.
    – Submitted by rob g (2 years ago)
    1. Jack Byrnes: I have nipples, Greg. Could you milk me?
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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