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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 <>

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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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Greg Focker: O dear God, thank you. You are such a good God to us. A kind and gentle and accommodating God. And we thank You O sweet, sweet Lord of hosts for the smörgåsbord You have so aptly lain at our table this day, and each day... by day. Day by day... by day. O dear Lord, three things we pray: To love Thee more dearly, to see Thee more clearly, to follow Thee more nearly day by day... by day. Amen.
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Yuk Yuk
18 October 2001 | by (Indianapolis) – See all my reviews

Pretty stupid and unbelievable cinema. Deniro lowered his personal rating on this one. Did he need the cash this bad? Slapstickish comedy scenes - about the painted, lost cat and the burning sculpture just too contrived...and cliched.

Watching Gomer Pyle is funnier.

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