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Meet the Parents (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  6 October 2000 (USA)
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Male nurse Greg Focker meets his girlfriend's parents before proposing, but her suspicious father is every date's worst nightmare.


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A Jewish male nurse plans to ask his live-in girl friend to marry him. However, he learns that her strict father expects to be asked for his daughter's hand before she can accept. Thus begins the visit from Hell as the two travel to meet Mom and Dad, who turns out to be former CIA with a lie detector in the basement. Coincidentally, a sister also has announced her wedding to a young doctor. Of course everything that can go wrong, does, including the disappearance of Dad's beloved Himalayan cat, Jinxie. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug references and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La familia de mi novia  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$28,623,300 (USA) (6 October 2000)


ESP 2,256,312,819 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Did You Know?


Robert De Niro wanted "Mr. Jinx" to appear in more scenes than he was supposed to because De Niro liked the cat so much. And apparently De Niro would play with the cat between filming scenes. See more »


When Jack is crying about his poem, Pam pats his arm then moves it away to take a sip of wine and puts both hands down on her lap. When we cut back to Jack immediately afterwards, we see Pam moving away from his arm again, even though her hands had been on her lap. See more »


Norm: I got a plane full of people saying you threatened that stewardess.
Greg Focker: I was not threatening her. I was just trying to get my bag into the overhead storage thing...
Norm: You were acting like a maniac and you threatened her with a bomb.
Greg Focker: No, I said I didn't have a bomb.
Norm: But you said bomb.
Greg Focker: I said, "It's not like I have a bomb".
Norm: You said "Bomb" on an airplane.
Greg Focker: What's wrong with saying 'Bomb' on an airplane?
Norm: You can't say 'Bomb' on an airplane!
Greg Focker: Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb. You gonna ...
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Crazy Credits

During the opening logos, the singers in the theme music are lyrically commenting "Look at the light coming out of the earth" during the Universal logo, and "Look at the boy sitting on the moon" during the Dreamworks logo. See more »


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Great comedy
23 January 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is a male nurse, poised to propose to the woman he loves, Pam (Teri Polo) but the right thing to do would be to ask her father's permission first. During a weekend of getting to know them, he manages to make a strong impression; for all the wrong reasons. Her father (Robert De Niro) isn't quite what Greg has been led to believe, and right from the start he seems to have it in for his daughter's partner.

De Niro and Stiller play off each other brilliantly, and both of them give fine comic performances, with a surprising level of depth for comedy characters. This film is packed with slick gags, hilarious scenes and it has a really fun story; it's a comedy film that you don't want to miss.


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