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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.
"I have nipples Greg, can you milk me?"
Seeing Robert De Niro deliver a line of such caliber to a vulnerable Ben Stiller is golden. Fortunately, yes, this film has so many more glorious moments like that.
Meet the Parents is a nice guy's worst nightmare. Truly this film is awkward, but a damn hilarious movie at that. The jokes just don't linger after an awkward line has been said, the scene and dialogues go on to make the situations even more cringe-worthy, because that is just how it works in real life, you can't escape a situation like that by cutting ahead in time, you have to suck it up to the end, hope to not make it worse…
Possibly the best romantic comedy of the 21st century, but undoubtedly one of the funniest, and perhaps DeNiro's best aughts performance, as well. Everything about this movie comes together so unbelievably well. It's only 16 years old, and it's pretty damn old-fashioned in comparison to a lot of the stuff hitting theaters today, but I wish something like this would come out now and just remind everyone what a great mainstream comedy looks like.
This film presents one of the funniest comedy stories in film history, in my simple opinion. It is the first film of a successful trilogy and merits, which started very well and was increasingly evolving.
The great entertainment of this film for me is to watchRobert DeNiro working with comedy, and how he does it? Simply acts seriously, which makes the comic relief much higher. It's amazing seeing him act brave and earnest way in the middle of a scene in which Ben Stiller tries to explain about being a good person for her daughter.
The script itself is very good for the simple fact that it is true to reality. It basically tells us is how the first meeting…
The funniest movie ever.
A nice family comedy, with really good characters who are all pretty funny. Wish something like this was still being made today.
A really fun film!
Happy birthday, Robert De Niro.
Review coming soon
Had to show my wife this movie, still holds up to this day!
Meh.. it was funny and it had some good performances but I found it to be boring and cliche & forgettable
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!