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.

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, drug references and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Hamburg, Jim Herzfeld
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2001
Box Office: $164.5M
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Critic Reviews for Meet the Parents

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (37)

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.

Full Review… | April 9, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 15, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Astutely observed, subtly played and consistently hilarious...

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Star-driven comedy at times offensive and funny.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | December 20, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review… | January 14, 2010

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.

Albert Kim
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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

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!

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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