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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!
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.
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.
"I have nipples Greg, could you milk me?"- Jack Byrnes
I have seen Meet the Parents just once before this time and that was a few years ago. I liked it quite a bit the first time and it held up very well this time around. Ben Stiller is great in the lead role of a man who has the best intentions, but can't do anything right. You can't help but feel bad for him, but at the same time you can't help but laugh at it too. Robert De Niro plays Stiller's soon to be father in law and he is also great, showing his comedic skill. The rest of the cast all do a fine job as well, but it's Stiller and De Niro that make it work. Meet the Parents is no cinematic masterpiece, but it provides the laughs and makes for a fun viewing. 7.5/10
Not my kind of film. The humor was all very awkward and frankly it made it uncomfortable to watch(akin to The Office). If you do enjoy this kind of humor, you'd probably enjoy this movie, but it was just not for me.
I mostly cringed everytime Focker fucked up. It was exaggerated to destroy something, everytime. Characters mostly just make decisions withouut ever thinking.
For those who are yet to see it, Dirty Grandpa is 4 solid hours of Zac Efron milking Robert De Niro's nipples
A comedy, which was just about passable starring Ben Stiller.
"I have nipples, Greg. Could you milk me?"
"Oh, just like it's spelled. F-O-C-K-E-R."
This is the opening to a comedy trilogy that honestly I was forced into the third one, and it left little memory. This one however has been praised for as long as it's been out, for making De Niro a comedy star.
It has had it's impact in modern culture with everyone know the name Gaylord Focker, and everyone knowing that friggen Himalayan cat. The movie itself is fine, it is definitely easy enough to get through. It has its moments, but I never found anything that is particularity amazing either.
Honestly one of the quintessential American comedies, to me. The humor is often so dry, you need a glass of water to wash it down. The characters are human beings, with relatable problems. By stripping Greg of two basic things, cigarettes and sex, we see how quickly anyone can become an irritable, irrational mess when faced with immense pressure. DeNiro's role single-handedly defined every single familial comedy to come afterwards. Every other "stern father" performance of the last 16 years lives in the shadow of this one, and there's nothing you can say that will convince me otherwise.
I really wish Teri Polo would have been more of a "thing." She's honestly really great in this, and she plays wonderfully…
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