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.

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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
PG-13 (for sexual content, drug references and language)
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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
John Fiore
as Kinky
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
Kim Rideout
as Nurse
Kresimir Novakovic
as Airport Policeman
Lynn Ann Castle
as Security Guard
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Critic Reviews for Meet the Parents

All Critics (146) | 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 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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Full Review… | March 23, 2001
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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
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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