Meet the Parents Reviews
"First comes love. Then comes interrogation."
Yeah, it may have been downhill from Meet The Parents on, but the first movie in the trilogy is one of the funniest movies of the first decade of the 21st century. The film is perfectly cast with Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo and Owen Wilson in a great supporting role. The movie puts it's lead character, Gaylord Focker into many bad situations and let's him dig himself even deeper.
The movie is made up of great scene after great scene. I can't think of a part of the movie where I didn't laugh. From the first dinner with the Parents to the pool volleyball game(funniest scene in the movie) to the final spy cam footage. It's a laugh-a-minute movie that doesn't use the typical raunchy sex and gross out humor. It's actually pretty mild with it's material. The situations are funny enough as they are. So, there's really no need to try to pull off some cheap laughs.
The story is about a male nurse who goes on a trip with his girlfriend. They go to her parents house where her sister is about to marries. Greg intends on asking Pam to marry him, but wants to ask her father for his permission first. That is until he finds out that Jack Byrnes is a total psycho and is hard pressed on Pam not being with Greg. The chemistry on screen is very good between the leads and none of the material comes off as forced, although, some of it easily could have.
Meet The Parents is an extremely funny movie that I can watch multiple times. I still laugh as hard as I did the first time. It's a really fun movie.
Jack Byrnes: Greg, nobody's expecting much out of you so if I set you up with the ball, you think you could jump up and spike it?
Greg Focker: Yeah. I'd have to be pretty high, but yeah.
Jack Byrnes: I bet you would, Panama Red.
I enjoyed this more when I was younger but it still managed to extract laughter from me. I haven't yet seen the sequel ('Meet the Fockers') or the third installment to this feature ('Little Fockers') which is screening at the pictures in January-February 2011 so I decided to watch 'em all beginning with 'Meet the Parents' as the intro to this trilogy.
I had to readjust myself so that I was in teen mode so that this would be easy to laugh at. I'm a little older now and I must admit that silly and stupid flicks hardly make me laugh these days, well, not like my teen days anyways. Half the time the character played by 'Ben Stiller' is so annoying that I started hoping that his girlfriend would dump him for the other looser.
It's a managable sitting if you can stand and endure the stupidity of 'Ben Stiller' who seems to be the same in all the movies I see him in, but I still watch them (guess I'm stupid too). I guess sane people will think this is lame but I'm not that sane so it jiggled me a few times. Not bad.