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Meet the Parents (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 6 October 2000 (USA)
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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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug references and language | See all certifications »

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6 October 2000 (USA)  »

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La familia de mi novia  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$166,225,040 (USA) (23 March 2001)
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Westchester County Regional Airport in New York state was used to portray Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and New York City's LaGuardia Airport. See more »

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While Jack explains his new business, the amount of sunlight behind Greg and Pam varies between shots, going from light to dark and back again. See more »

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[Greg is trying to fit his large bag into the overhead bin]
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Greg Focker: I got it.
Flight Attendant: No, I'm sorry, that bag won't fit.
Greg Focker: No, no, I'm not - hey, I'm not checking my bag, okay?
Flight Attendant: There's no need to raise your voice, sir.
Greg Focker: I'm not raising my voice. THIS WOULD BE RAISING MY VOICE TO YOU, okay? I don't want to check my bag, okay? And, by the way, your airline? You SUCK at checking bags, okay, because I already did that once and you lost it, and then I had everything ...
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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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Written by Patrick Connolly, Robert Berryhill, Jim Fuller (as James Fuller),
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The worst movie ever.
26 June 2011 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

OK before i talk about this i have to say that there will be two spoilers and those two spoilers are the only two 'jokes' in this thing we call a movie. How anybody can find this torturous thing entertaining or humorous in any way shape or form baffles me.

The first o so funny joke the seemingly 10 year old writers throw at us is our main characters name being GAYLORD FOCKER. I would nearly consider forgiving the movie this joke if it was never brought up again and the movie went on to even being a pretty good family comedy but sadly no. What is funny about it?, because it sounds like a curse word maybe....No still not laughing. If you have not watched this movie yet and you wonder whats the big deal about one stupid little joke well the answer is that they use it about 20 times during this 90 minute horror. It was not funny the first time, it most certainly wasn't funny the second time and guess what it isn't funny the 20th time either.

Amazingly though that is not what wreaks the movie no that would be our second joke. When i say joke this time it is actually more of an scenario rather than a run of the mill scene, this is of course awkwardness (if that makes any sense). The situations that our main character gets himself into are always the same awkward situations time and time again. Of course meeting your girlfriends or wife's mother and father will feel weird at first but for god sake. There isn't one shot in this movie that doesn't involve our main character(stiller) making a complete fool of himself, it gets to the point where its almost hard to watch the rest of the movie. This makes the movie uncomfortable and boring and also makes you hate stiller or should i say Gaylord.

Having the audience hate the main character in a comedy is unforgivable. The casting is pretty standard having Stiller (who is very hit and miss in a lot of his films) as our main guy with Robert De Niro who continues to destroy his once gracious career as the spiteful father. Teri Polo plays Stillers girlfriend but she seems to have forgot that people are meant to have personalities and a little acting ability. As for the rest well none really stand out except for the always unfunny Owen Wilson as the successful ex-boyfriend.

Its not as if this is completely meant for kids either because there are some jokes that kids wouldn't understand this begs the question do the film makers actually think that adults will find this garbage amusing. I would almost go as far as calling the movie insulting as it is obviously meant for fools which you are if you find this good to watch.


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