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½ April 1, 2017
Meet the Parents is a funny and touching comedy with great comedic performances from Robert De Niro, who at the time made an out of character role for him look like his speciality, and Ben Stiller, who plays one of his more endearing characters in a funny manor as well. The film's subject matter is relatable but the director takes it in a more unrealistic route which makes it funnier.
March 20, 2017
Funny when watching for the first time but anything more and this film becomes tedious and lame
March 3, 2017
Imagine meeting your future in-laws for the first time in your life. You are trying to make a good impression on them by being respectful, smart, and maybe throwing a few witty jokes into the conversation. Out of nowhere, your (hopefully) future father in-law asks you a terrifying question. "... Can you ever really trust another human being...?" What do you say?
"Meet the Parents" is a 2000 comedy that pits the innocent and good willed character of Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) against the stern and overly protective father, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro). The movie portrays the struggle between the character of an average human being and a "higher" type of society. This type of struggle is something that most people are familiar with, which makes this movie one that most can easily connect with.
Greg wants to propose to his girlfriend, Pam, but moments before doing so, finds out that it is very respectful in her family to ask the father's permission first. Thus starts a weekend that couldn't possibly go any worse.
It starts off innocent enough; Greg hears that Pam's father, Jack, is in the flower business so he buys Jack a Jerusalem Tulip ("one of the rarest and most beautiful flowers in existence"). Little does Greg know, Pam's father isn't in the flower business at all. He's an ex-CIA interrogation expert. Essentially, he's a human lie detector. This is not a good mix, considering Greg finds himself having to lie more and more just to try to dig himself out of his self-created hole. After a very awkward exchange of hellos, Pam's parents show Greg a project that Jack has been working on. At this point, the question that will plague the entire movie drops.

"Can you ever really trust another human being, Greg?"

Greg, trying to come up with the best answer for Jack, responds, "Sure, I think so."

"No, the answer is you cannot."

Jack hands Greg a teddy bear and points out that there is a hidden camera in it. Not only in the teddy bear, but there are hidden cameras all throughout the house. Jack smiles and says, "... No matter where you go, we'll be watching you."

Slowly and slowly, Greg finds ways to accidently let his spot within the "Byrne's family circle of trust" diminish. He breaks an urn containing the ashes of Jack's mother, gives Pam's sister (who is a bride-to-be, herself) a black eye, and loses the family cat that Jack considers as another child.

For but a small moment in the movie, Greg finds himself in the very center of the Byrne's family circle of trust, but this too is due to a hilarious situation which is based upon a lie. Let's just say it involves an imposter cat with a spray-painted tail. But again, this moment of glory is short lived, and Greg soon finds himself even more estranged from the circle than before.

The movie begins to beg the question: how one is supposed to honestly live up to society's expectations if they are not being themselves? Can you really expect to trust someone else if you are piling on unrealistic expectations? No, the answer is you cannot. Yet, Greg finds himself well over his head in this disastrous contradiction. To make matters even worse, Jack's family seems to have no shortage of snobby critics who judge Greg at every turn.

What makes the movie so enjoyable (even despite the never ending "cringe" moments) is that Ben Stiller's character is so relatable. He is someone who is not perfect, and is just trying to make a decent impression on Pam's family. Because of this, it is very easy to put one's self into his shoes. His situation is a very real (and thus very scary) situation that isn't too far out of the world of possibilities.
Overall, Meet the Parents is a success. It is a comedy that doesn't try too hard to impress because it doesn't need to try too hard. We've all been in these types of situations before so we can find ourselves laughing at both the movie, and ourselves, time and time again.
½ February 15, 2017
Meet the parents is pretty good
½ January 27, 2017
very funny dry humor and situational humor. lots of good characters (about 6 viewings)
January 21, 2017
This is a very funny movie. The cast is top notch, the script is excellent and the location is very nice. Has Jay Roach ever made a bad movie? I don't think so. Definitely a must see if you like these sorts of stupid comedies.
½ December 7, 2016
Greg Focker lives in Chicago with his girlfriend Pamela who he wants to get married to. Greg is a male nurse. Throughout the movie, this makes him receive much scrutiny. Pamela is a school teacher. Greg wants to propose to Pamela, but realizes that he needs to ask for her father's permission. Greg is instantly disliked by Jack, Pamela's father. Jack has a circle of trust, and Greg is not in it with the rest of the family. Pamela's whole family is very successful professional people and Jack does not think that Greg fits in. Greg keeps getting into more and more trouble the whole time he is there, ruining events and other planned occasions until him and Pamela are basically broken up. Her whole family thinks that he is a very unsuitable husband, thinking that he cannot be trusted to take care of her properly financially and emotionally. It took a lot of time, but in the end, jack finally excepts Greg into the family and the Circle of trust. Meet the Parents is a classic family comedy that shows the difficulties of in-law relationships. It is worth the watch
½ December 4, 2016
A wonderfully relatable and cringe-inducingly awkward comedy that suffers from a lot of contrived situations and was unfortunately run into the ground with its well below par sequels.
December 3, 2016
This movie is several decades in the making because when a psychotic taxi driver, Russian roulleter, raging bull, and nasty gangster is about to meet his son-in-law the result will be hilarious. Thanks to the stellar performances of two opposites (Ben Stiller and Robert de Niro), Meet the Parents escalates to witty and ridiculous comedy.
November 24, 2016
So cringeworthy, its fun
September 21, 2016
Meet the Parents is probably one of the most classic and iconic comedies of the 2010s, and even if many aspecs of this movie are clichè-ridden, the hilarious performances from the lead characters make it an extremely enjoyable experience.
September 6, 2016
09/06/16: Ben Stiller is an actor that can capture awkward in a bottle. One of the funniest movies of the aughts.
Super Reviewer
August 15, 2016
Very silly but pretty funny throughout.
½ July 26, 2016
A pretty good family comedy-drama featuring the wit of Ben Stiller and the wise-cracking feats of Robert De Niro. An interesting story of a man and his soon-to-be wife who meets her parents for the first time. After that, things certainly couldn't be "better" for the recklessness of both the soon-to-be wife's father and the man himself, but who is the real blame? Overall, another nice film with some good laughs especially from Stiller.
½ July 21, 2016
Meet the Parents is a great movie. Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller are hilarious together. This movie has tons of laughs and it can be kind of heartwarming. I would suggest this movie.
Super Reviewer
July 18, 2016
Love this film it's what we all think of as the worse case scenario when meeting the parents only in the film the worse case is much worse in this very funny and sometimes cringe worthy comedy with a strong cast that work very well together.
½ July 3, 2016
funny and descent comedy!, charming and with great performances from Ben stiller and De Niro.
A man go tho spend a weekend with her girlfriend family, obiously some things will go wrong in some funny and hilarious ways.
good and descent film to see in a sunday afternoon with friends or the family.
½ June 9, 2016
I loved it! Is it really possible to be that much clumsy? I hope I'm not! That movie was so so funny!
J'adore! Est-ce vraiment possible d'être aussi maladroit? J'espère que ce n'est pas mon cas! Ce film était vraiment très drôle !
June 5, 2016
80% Meet the Parents benefits from its strong chemistry between the two leads, themes about family and honesty, and is entertaining because of hilarious moments and plenty of slapstick.
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