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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?


The home video footage of Teri Polo during the opening credits was filmed by her ex-husband Anthony Moore. See more »


When Greg jumps back in the house from the roof after setting the backyard on fire, his heel obviously breaks the window and it comes crashing down. This would have lead to an early discovery of the culprit had it been pursued. See more »


Jack Byrnes: Greg, nobody's expecting much out of you so if I set you up with the ball, you think you could jump up and spike it?
Greg Focker: Yeah. I'd have to be pretty high, but yeah.
Jack Byrnes: I bet you would, Panama Red.
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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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User Reviews

Annoying Characters - Quit watching after 30 minutes
8 June 2002 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

The characters were stereotypical enough that we were annoyed and quit watching the film. How can we empathize with characters that are stereotypes of people we wouldn't associate with in real life? Who cares what happens to them?

Jey: I like DeNiro and he did a good job in this one as Dad, but it was the type of person I'd make a point of avoiding.

Also, the movie made attempts at being funny, but they were not original and the movie tended toward the negative side of situations. This made it real dull and a waste of time.

We gave it a 1.

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