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Meet The Parents [Blu-ray]

 PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
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Randy Newman's opening song, "A Fool in Love," perfectly sets up the movie that follows. The lyrics begin, "Show me a man who is gentle and kind, and I'll show you a loser," before praising the man who takes what he wants. Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is the fool in love in Meet the Parents. Just as he's about to propose to his girlfriend Pam (Teri Polo), he learns that her sister's fiancé asked their father, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), for permission to marry. Now he feels the need to do the same thing. When Greg meets Jack, he is so desperate to be liked that he makes up stories and kisses ass rather than having the courage of his convictions. It doesn't take an elite member of the CIA to see right through Greg, but that's precisely what Jack is. Directed by Jay Roach (the Austin Powers movies), Meet the Parents is an incredibly well-crafted comedy that stands in nice opposition to, say, the sloppy extremes of the Farrelly brothers. Stiller is great at playing up the uncomfortable comedy of errors, balancing just the right amount of selfishness and self-deprecating humor, while De Niro's Jack is funny as the hard-ass father who just wants a few straight answers from the kid. What makes the Jack character all the funnier is Blythe Danner as his wife, the Gracie to his George Burns, who is the true heart of the movie. Oh, and Owen Wilson turns in yet another terrific comic performance as Pam's ex-fiancé. --Andy Spletzer

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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Let's see. Ben Stiller plays some poor schmuck who has somehow managed to land a girlfriend far out of what should be his league, makes a complete fool out of himself time and time again trying to keep that girl, and everything magically works out in the end for no apparent reason - and there's a beloved pet in the story, too. Hmmm, this sounds familiar. I really don't know how I ended up watching yet another Ben Stiller movie, since Ben Stiller is one of my least favorite actors, but Meet the Parents has its funny moments, benefits greatly from the talents of the consummate actor himself, Robert De Niro, and ends up being fairly entertaining albeit redundant.

Ben Stiller plays Greg Focker, a name which leads to countless jokes throughout the film, a male nurse who has somehow won the affections of a certain Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo); his elaborate plan to propose to Pam is stymied when he learns Pam's sister is getting married in two weeks and - shudder - he is about to meet Pam's parents. Naturally, he's nervous and tries tremendously hard to make a good impression. Unfortunately, dear old Dad (Robert De Niro) is very hard to please and Greg, being the naturally ill-fated nincompoop he is, manages to mess up time and time again - big-time; I'm talking 100 times worse than Steve Urkel here. I won't go into any details, so as not to take away from the hilarity that ensues - well, it's good for a few laughs, anyway.

The film actually has a great cast. De Niro more than makes up for Stiller's faults, and Owen Wilson is a great addition as Pam's smarmy ex-fiance. If you like There's Something About Mary, you are sure to enjoy Meeting the Parents, as it is really just more of the same type of comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In my "top 5 funniest movies ever". May 24 2004
I have a love hate relationship with Ben Stiller. When he's "on", he's on like few others. However, maybe it's his agent, maybe he's desperate to escape typcasting, but he's picked some real stinkers to lead in.
This isn't one of them.
In fact, this is the best movie I've seen him in by a good margin. Owing much to brilliant support from DeNiro (who plays the Father in Law to be), as well as Owen Wilson (his fiance's ex-boyfriend).
Just thinking about the scene where Stiller (who plays a Jewish city dweller) is charged with saying grace at DeNiro's devoutely Christian table, the popping of the Champagne, Jinxy running away...brings a laugh everytime.
If you're one of the few who haven't seen this film, get it, odds are you'll enjoy immensely. If, like me, you've seen it before and are curios about buying it, I recommend you do. This is one of the few DVD's in my collection that I frequently watch and enjoy.
Cult status 'round here.
Christian Hunter
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Now Greg, you have a *very* unique last name..." April 30 2004
"Meet the Parents" is a surprisingly funny film bolstered into the top ranks of modern comedies by the two standout performances of Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller. There's never a dull moment in this laugh-a-minute comedy from director Jay Roach of the "Austin Power's" franchise and screenwriters Greg Glienna and Mary Ruth Clarke, who also wrote and starred in the 1992 short film of the same name.
Gaylord 'Greg' Focker (just you try and say that last name without smiling), played to the max by the comic talents of Stiller, is head-over-heels in love with his girlfriend, Pam (Teri Polo). After a failed attempt at proposing marriage, Greg learns that if he intends to marry Pam, it is important to first OK the proposition with her father, Jack (De Niro). Pam's sister's wedding seems a perfect time to talk with Jack, so he accompanies Pam back to her parent's house. What ensues is a fantastically funny film, basically about the trouble and misunderstandings Greg endures for his love for Pam.
The awkward dynamics between De Niro and Stiller's characters make for the most side-splitting moments of the film. Upon having first viewed this movie several years ago, I can still clearly remember Greg's notions of milking cats, Jack's "poetry reading", the urn, the polygraph, Greg's prayer, the Speedo, Focker... Those who have already seen "Meet the Parents", (and who hasn't?) are probably fondly reminiscing upon these positively hysterical scenes right now.
"Meet the Parents" certainly isn't cinematic art, folks. The screenplay is predictable, at best. And maybe some of the jokes didn't strike a chord with every audience member. However, this film greatly succeeds at what it is; a comedy. I will most certainly be first in line to see "Meet the Fockers", slated for release in December of 2004.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Marred by unnecessarily crass humor March 21 2004
By A Customer
I enjoyed some parts of this movie. Ben Stiller is amusingly uncomfortable meeting the parents from Hell, and De Niro is devilishly great in his role as the dad.
But it's just too bad that a major running joke in the movie is based on the most obvious of sophomoric gutter humor. See, Stiller's character has the last name of "Focker." I'll let you guess where the writers go from there. Truly crass, immature humor that has more in common with lowball flicks like Porky's than with the rest of this film.
Now, the sequel to this movie is coming out, and of course it's called -- you guessed it -- "Meet The Fockers." I'm sorry, but that's just going too darn far. I don't want to see, and I don't want my little kids to see, that plastered on billboards, marquees, buses, and TV ads everywhere. Yes, I know there's an "o" in the name instead of a "u." It doesn't matter. We all know what was intended here. And I think it's tasteless.
This is just about as bad, or maybe worse, as "Austin Powers: Goldmember," which is another movie title that pushes the boundaries of decency way too far. Yep, the previews might have been rated as acceptable for all audiences (just barely), but the movie title itself sure wasn't. And to top it off, it dragged the good name of the classic "Goldfinger" through its crass sewer.
I'm really wondering when audiences (and society in general) will stop getting such a kick out of, "Oooh, he said the F-word!" or "Ahaha, that word *sounds* like the F-word! So it's funny!" Judging by the reviewers like the one here who titled his review "FOCKER!," I guess the answer is, "not anytime soon." Too bad. I'm no prude, but still...too bad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a sometimes funny,often amusing, generally entertaining movie (3.5/5)
for me,Meet the Parents is not generally funny in a hysterical
way(though there are a few of those elements. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2007 by falcon
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie sucks. PERIOD!
I dont know how to begin with my dislike for this movie. If i could give it zero stars i would. This movie is labelled as a comedy, but all the jokes made in this film is not one... Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2006 by JT
4.0 out of 5 stars Calamity after calamity - Very Funny
"Meet the Parents" is funny, outrageous, and full of fun. Pratfalls and pitfalls await our comic star Ben Stiller as he pursues his love and ingratiates himself with his... Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Jeffrey E Ellis
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh no, no, no, no, no, it's not very good. Way over rated.
This movie is not funny, just dumb. Is saying "focker" over and over and over again really that funny? Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by John Candy
1.0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable
I wanted to leave the theater halfway through this garbage but I already ponied up my $8. Predictable gag after predictable gag after predictable gag, this movie made me hate Ben... Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Parts Good Others Overdone
Meet The Parents is an amusing slapstick comedy that describes the struggles of meeting one's potential in-laws. Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller both give commanding performances. Read more
Published on May 9 2004 by G. J Wiener
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Stiller can do no wrong !
One of the funniest movies ive ever seen.
No need to talk about the movie.
Anything Ben Stiller does is funny.
The same could be said about Robert DeNiro .
Published on April 18 2004 by james diamataris
2.0 out of 5 stars Marred by unnecessary crass humor
I enjoyed some parts of this movie. Ben Stiller is amusingly uncomfortable meeting the parents from Hell, and De Niro is devilishly great in his role as the dad. Read more
Published on March 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars this is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen
"Bachelor Party" is one of my favorite movies. It is so funny
and the funniest thing I have ever seen---but since I bought
"Meet the Parents" I have... Read more
Published on March 8 2004
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