Meet the Parents


Meet the Parents

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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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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, Rovi


Robert De Niro
as Jack Byrnes
Ben Stiller
as Greg Focker
Teri Polo
as Pam Byrnes
Blythe Danner
as Dina Byrnes
Owen Wilson
as Kevin Rawley
James Rebhorn
as Larry Banks
Jon Abrahams
as Denny Byrnes
Nicole DeHuff
as Debbie Byrnes
Tom McCarthy
as Bob Banks
Phyllis George
as Linda Banks
Kali Rocha
as Flight Attendant
Bernie Sheredy
as Norm the Interrogator
Judah Friedlander
as Pharmacy Clerk
Peter Bartlett
as Animal Shelter Worker
John Elsen
as Chicago Airport Security
Mark Hammer
as Hospital Patient
Amy Hohn
as Ticket Agent
William Severs
as Father O'Boyle
Marilyn Dobrin
as Lost Luggage Clerk
Russell Hornsby
as Late Night Courier
Patricia Cook
as Little Girl
Cody Arens
as Little Boy
Cole Hawkins
as Little Boy
Spencer Breslin
as Little Boy
Ian Rosenthal
as Wedding Worker
Kresimir Novakovic
as Airport Policeman
Lynn Ann Castle
as Security Guard
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  • Jan 17, 2015
    Meet the Parents boasts having De Niro as the father whose heart the main character (Stiller) should win to marry the girl of his dreams. For that alone, this film cannot be missed.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2015
    Pretty funny. Not really anything special, and definitely not as great as everyone says it is, but it's funny enough.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2013
    "Meet the Parents" remains a solid comedy. In the film, a man named Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) plans to propose to his girlfriend Pam (Teri Polo), but first Greg must get through impressing Pam's father Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), an ex-CIA agent. Hilarity ensues.
    Billie P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2012
    Awkward humor has never been my cup of tea, but in "Meet the Parents," the two leads have such great chemistry that it makes the awkwardness somewhat bearable. Ben Stiller has a couple of great scenes to himself, but it's Robert De Niro in a memorable role that gets most of the credit. This is one of the best parts he's played in years, and most of the humor stems from his character. "Meet the Parents" isn't well-made or 'classic' in any sense of the word, but's funny and quotable and has some scenes that won't be forgotten.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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