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Meet The Parents [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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Male nurse Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is all set to propose to his girlfriend, Pam (Teri Polo), during a weekend at her parents’ home. But there’s a catch: Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), Pam’s intimidating, cat-loving, ex-CIA father, takes an immediate dislike to his daughter’s truth-bending beau. Soon, a hilarious string of outrageous mishaps turns Greg into a master of relative disaster. Meet the Parents is an uproarious comedy smash that bombards you with one laugh after another!
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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for me,Meet the Parents is not generally funny in a hysterical
way(though there are a few of those elements. Read more
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 morePublished on Jan. 3 2006 by JC
"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 morePublished on July 18 2004 by Jeffrey E Ellis
This movie is not funny, just dumb. Is saying "focker" over and over and over again really that funny? Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by John Candy
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 morePublished on June 8 2004 by Kindle Customer
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 morePublished on May 9 2004 by G. J Wiener
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 .