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Meet the Parents
First comes love. Then come the interrogation.
Greg Focker is ready to marry his girlfriend, Pam, but before he pops the question, he must win over her formidable father, humorless former CIA agent Jack Byrnes, at the wedding of Pam's sister. As Greg bends over backward to make a good impression, his visit to the Byrnes home turns into a hilarious series of disasters, and everything that can go wrong does, all under Jack's critical, hawklike gaze.
Fockin' hilarious! Even funnier now than it was 15 years ago. A shame about those sequels though. I saw Meet the Fockers under the table, which always gives bad comedies the clear advantage over me, but even in that state I struggled for a laugh. The original, on the other hand, I can watch in a broken chair on a shit-drenched backyard and it will still have me in stitches. But don't just sit there and read about it; puff the magic dragon and have yourself a blast!
Jack Byrnes: "I have nipples, Greg. Could you milk me?"
Without Robert De Niro in this perfect role as the comedic tough-guy father Jack Byrnes, this movie wouldn't be nearly as memorable. His facial expressions, body language and his body of work coming into this movie all made for a pitch perfect performance. Any time he wasn't on screen, I was begging for him to come back.
And to think Steven Spielberg almost directed this movie with Jim Carrey in the starring role!? Ben Stiller is the much better choice here as the everyday man who carries so much sympathy when things continue to not go his way. Teri Polo as his wife Pam is also great as is Blythe Danner as Pam's mother.
And of course..... Mr. Jinx!
Jinx-y cat, jinx-y cat, I loooove you!
Meet the Parents struck quite a chord, didn't it? It very quickly became one of those Hollywood comedies that fell into the realm of pop culture, thanks undoubtedly to its accessible and relatable concept. Let's face it, how many young men have quaked with fear at the prospect of meeting a prospective father-in-law? Jay Roach takes that idea and runs with it, creating quite a light comedic farce with a hint of old school screwball that never tips too heavily into slapstick, pratfall humour, cheap gaggery or indeed overt mugging. The director puts character first, firmly helping us relate with Ben Stiller's hapless and tragically named Gaylord Focker. I mean, come on, if you had to spend a weekend impressing…
Not as funny as I remember it to be, but also not as generic.
Meet the Parents is one of those comedies that'll always find a way to escape becoming dated. "Timeless" is too strong of an adjective for this film, but it ends up truly fitting this movie. I remember seeing bits and pieces of this on TV, and I never thought much of it, but it's quite the likeable comedy. Robert De Niro is great here, it's one of those mainstream comedy performances that'll be referenced and quoted forever.
Hilarious, heartfelt, and instantly rewatchable, "Meet the Parents" is an absolute blast from start to finish thanks to the committed performances from Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller.
Far more enjoyable than actually meeting the parents.
It's a slow burner, but as soon as the parents are met, the film kicks off.
Director Jay Roach uses awkward pauses and some brilliantly far-fetched comical situations to create a near perfect blend of visual and practical humour. The script is brilliant. Every joke is set up beautifully. But, it's the relationship and acting talents of Stiller and De Niro that make Meet the Parents brilliant.
This is a masterclass in comedy.
How hilarious was the cat tho? He was literally going to the bathroom like a normal person.
Watching Meet the Parents is like watching someone beat a dead horse. It stays down and shit just keeps on happening to it. Stiller practically invented the modern age underdog 'beatdown' stories and he works them perfectly. It is just hard to follow an improbable series of events such as these. I don't care who you are, this level of your life sucking just does not occur. De Niro plays his role perfectly, and in comedic history, this film will stand the test of time, but I am just not a huge fan.
Its OK I guess. Not one of my favorites.
Although most of it was very predictable, the characters and unique situations were interesting, and there was more than a few times when I laughed out loud.
This is one of those movies that pops up on TV so often, and I've seen bits and pieces of it along the way, that a full re-watch seems almost unnecessary - I practically know the script at this point. It's one of those curious films that I've practically memorized through sheer repetition without it being one of my favourites. Despite it being a major breakout smash in 2000, there's something about this awkward cringe-comedy that I've never quite got along with enough to elevate it to truly "great" status: there's some dark and mean elements creeping in at certain points that don't really work for me. That said, there are moments and things about it that are genuinely inspired:…
Pretty hilarious look at familial relationships mostly thanks to the chemistry between the two leads. Ben Stiller is his typical dweebish self here while Robert De Niro proves that he can carry a comedy.
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