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Robert De Niro ... Jack Byrnes

Ben Stiller ... Greg Focker

Teri Polo ... Pam Byrnes

Blythe Danner ... Dina Byrnes

Nicole DeHuff ... Deborah Byrnes

Jon Abrahams ... Denny Byrnes

Owen Wilson ... Kevin Rawley

James Rebhorn ... Dr. Larry Banks

Tom McCarthy ... Dr. Bob Banks (as Thomas McCarthy)

Phyllis George ... Linda Banks

Kali Rocha ... Atlantic American Flight Attendant

Bernie Sheredy ... Norm the Interrogator

Judah Friedlander ... Pharmacy Clerk

Peter Bartlett ... Animal Shelter Worker

John Elsen ... Chicago Airport Security
Mark Hammer ... Greg's Hospital Patient

Amy Hohn ... Ticket Agent
William Severs ... Father O'Boyle

John Fiore ... Kinky
Marilyn Dobrin ... Atlantic American Lost Luggage Clerk
Marci Reid ... Traveler
Frank Santorelli ... Courier (Wrong Bag)

Russell Hornsby ... Late Night Courier (Right Bag)
Patricia Cook ... Little Girl
Cody Arens ... Little Boy
Cole Hawkins ... Little Boy

Spencer Breslin ... Little Boy
Ina Rosenthal ... Wedding Worker
Kim Rideout ... Nurse

Kresh Novakovic ... Airport Policeman (as Kresimir Novakovic)

John Joseph Gallagher ... Cop
G.A. Aguilar ... Cop
Lynn Ann Castle ... Security Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robbie Bryan ... Man on Airplane (uncredited)
Phillip V. Caruso ... Airport Baggage Swipe (uncredited)

Alan Francis ... Airport Security (uncredited)
Jon M. McDonnell ... Bartender (uncredited)
Erik-Anders Nilsson ... Patron on Plane (uncredited)
Buzz Visconti ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Todd Wall ... Caterer #2 (uncredited)

Directed by
Jay Roach 
Writing credits
Greg Glienna (1992 screenplay) &
Mary Ruth Clarke (1992 screenplay)

Greg Glienna (story) &
Mary Ruth Clarke (story)

Jim Herzfeld (screenplay) and
John Hamburg (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert De Niro .... producer
Greg Glienna .... associate producer
Emo Philips .... associate producer
Jay Roach .... producer
Shauna Robertson .... co-producer (as Shauna Weinberg)
Jane Rosenthal .... producer
Amy Sayres .... co-producer
Nancy Tenenbaum .... producer
Jim Vincent .... associate producer
Original Music by
Randy Newman 
Cinematography by
Peter James (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Greg Hayden 
Jon Poll 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
Rusty Smith 
Art Direction by
John Kasarda 
Set Decoration by
Karin Wiesel  (as Karen Wiesel)
Costume Design by
Daniel Orlandi 
Makeup Department
Michal Bigger .... key makeup artist (as Michael Bigger)
Victor DeNicola .... hair stylist: Mr. Stiller (as Victor De Nicola Jr.)
Ilona Herman .... hair stylist: Mr. De Niro
Ilona Herman .... makeup artist: Mr. De Niro
Linda Melo .... makeup artist
Rita Ogden .... makeup artist
Jackie Payne .... hair stylist (as Jacqueline Payne)
John Quaglia .... key hair stylist (as John D. Quaglia)
Carla White .... makeup artist: Mr. Stiller
Production Management
Lisa Rodgers .... post-production supervisor
Lenny Vullo .... production manager
Ron Lynch .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Cowan .... first assistant director
Amy Lauritsen .... second assistant director
Deanna Leslie .... additional second assistant director
Dominick Scarola .... dga trainee
Marco Schnabel .... second unit director
Jennifer Truelove .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Tommy Allen .... property master (as Tom Allen)
Eric Cheripka .... assistant property master
Ann Edgeworth .... assistant property master (as Ann L. Edgeworth)
Jason Farrar .... construction accountant
Chris Ferraro .... set dresser
Gerard J. Furey .... shop craftsman
Judy Gurr .... set dresser
John R. Johnston .... shop foreman
Hyun-joo Kim .... assistant art director
Steven E. Lawler .... construction foreman
Gary Levitsky .... set dresser
Alan Muzeni .... set dresser
Chris T. Nelson .... leadman (as Crhistopher Nelson)
Ken Nelson .... construction coordinator (as Kenneth D. Nelson)
Richard Nelson .... set dresser (as Rick Nelson)
Raymond C. Polak .... set dresser
William Riley .... scenic foreman (as Bill Riley)
Jeffrey Rollins .... set dresser (as Jeffrey S. Rollins)
Amy Safhay .... greensperson
Adam Scher .... assistant art director (as Adam M. Scher)
Aleta Shaffer .... art department production assistant (as Aleta K. Shaffer)
David Stein .... assistant art director
Christina Tonkin Noble .... assistant set decorator (as Christina Tonkin)
Robert Topol .... scenic artist
M. Tony Trotta .... scenic artist
Alyson Wellins .... art department coordinator
Mike Bundlie .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Paul Camarro .... greensman (uncredited)
John Davis .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Gerard V. Engrassia .... greensmen (uncredited)
Daniel Geary .... carpenter (uncredited)
Erik Lundell .... greensman (uncredited)
Louis J. Porzio .... carpenter (uncredited)
Grant Shaffer .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Stephen Siersema .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Nell Stifel .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Jonathan Tessler .... assistant greensman (uncredited)
Ginny Walsh .... greens foreman (uncredited)
Joan Winters .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
George H. Anderson .... supervising sound editor (as George Anderson)
David Boulton .... adr mixer
Jeanette Browning .... adr recordist
Joe DeAngelis .... sound recordist
Dennis Drummond .... sound effects editor
Kim Drummond .... dialogue editor
Charlie Essers .... re-recording mixer (Japanese theatrical version)
David Giammarco .... dialogue editor
Galen Goodpaster .... assistant adr editor
Frank Graziadei .... boom operator (as Frank J. Graziadei)
Frank Graziadei .... cableman (as Frank J. Graziadei)
Michael Haight .... sound effects editor
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Jonathan Klein .... foley editor
Andy Koyama .... re-recording mixer
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Tod A. Maitland .... sound mixer
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Ron Malligers .... foley recordist (as Ron Mellegers)
Cindy Marty .... sound effects editor
Bill Meadows .... sound recordist
James Morioka .... assistant sound editor
Joe Schiff .... assistant sound editor
Michael Scott .... boom operator (as Mike Scott)
Renee Tondelli .... supervising adr editor
Jonathan Wales .... re-recording mixer
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Don White .... foley recordist
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer (as Paul Zydel)
Cornelia Mariana Gavrilescu .... foley recording assistant (uncredited)
Linda Lew .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Jerome R. Vitucci .... playback operator (uncredited)
Rebecca Wright .... foley recording assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
J.C. Brotherhood .... special effects coordinator (as Jonathan C. Brotherhood)
Jim Lillis .... special effects technician
Deed Rossiter .... special effects foreman
Byron K. Lovelace .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
David D. Johnson .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Vision Productions
Mark Sawicki .... optical camera (uncredited)
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator
Bill Anagnos .... stunts (as William Anagnos)
Blaise Corrigan .... stunts
Douglas Crosby .... stunts (as Doug Crosby)
Peter Epstein .... stunts
Tony Guida .... stunts
Stephen A. Pope .... stunts (as Stephen Pope)
Ron Michaels .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Almeida .... best boy electric (as William Almeida)
Steven Blaho .... rigging grip (as Steven A. Blaho)
Kenny Burke .... best boy grip (as Kenneth J. Burke)
Ronald Burke .... dolly grip (as Ronald J. Burke)
Michael Cambria .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Caesar S. Carnevale .... camera loader
Phillip V. Caruso .... still photographer
Andrew Casey .... camera operator: "b" camera
Andrew Cheung .... grip
Ray Collins .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Raymond Collins)
Ralph G. Crowley .... generator operator (as Ralph Crowley)
James Edmiston .... grip
Morris Flam .... gaffer
Kevin Flynn .... grip (as Kevin W. Flynn)
Jamie Gallagher .... generator operator (as Jamie E. Gallagher)
Shaun Gilbert .... rigging lamp operator
John Gilgar .... rigging lamp operator
Gary Hildebrand .... rigging best boy electrician
Tom Houghton .... director of photography: second unit
Nils Johnson .... 24 frame video operator
Amy Kupferberg .... rigging lamp operator (as Amy M. Kupferberg)
Francis Leach .... lamp operator
Todd Lichtenstein .... rigging lamp operator (as Todd B. Lichtenstein)
Clay Liversidge .... rigging gaffer
Bruce MacCallum .... camera operator: "a" camera
Bobby Mancuso .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Robert Mancuso)
Kevin McKenna .... video playback operator
John Panuccio .... rigging key grip (as Jack Panuccio)
Lance E. Phox .... rigging lamp operator
Robert T. Prate .... best boy rigging grip (as Robert Prate)
Tom Prate .... key grip (as Thomas J. Prate)
Michael R. Rudolph .... rigging lamp operator
Tom Shinn .... lamp operator
Eric Swanek .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Phil Testa .... lamp operator (as Philip D. Testa)
Mark van Rossen .... lamp operator
Joshua Wingard .... grip
Richard Yacuk .... rigging grip
Don Zappia .... rigging grip
Nick Cupkovic .... rigging lamp operator (uncredited)
William MacGhee .... electrician (uncredited)
Jason Micallef .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Susie Farris .... casting associate
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting
Amanda Koblin .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joanna Brett .... wardrobe supervisor
David Davenport .... costumer
Patricia Eiben .... costumer (as Patty Eiben)
John Glaser .... assistant costume designer
Donna Maloney .... wardrobe supervisor
Marcie Olivi .... costumer: Mr. DeNiro
Benjamin Wilson .... costumer
Jeff Caron .... wardrobe production assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Kent Blocher .... assistant editor: New York
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Curtis Croeni .... first assistant editor
Christopher Marcoux .... assistant editor: New York
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
Carrie Puchkoff .... assistant editor: New York
Elizabeth Schmidt .... assistant editor
Kevin Du Toit .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Brian Cantaldi .... location assistant
Carey DePalma .... assistant location manager
Jeff Flach .... location manager
Annie Kuronyi .... location assistant (as Anne Kuronyi)
Edmund Nardone .... location projectionist
Daniel Riccio Jr. .... location assistant
Brett Botula .... location scout (uncredited)
Mimi Turner .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Bruno Coon .... music editor
Mark Cross .... music consultant
Michael Danziger .... vocal consultant
Don Davis .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Jim Dunbar .... music consultant
Brenda Heins .... music coordinator
Luana Jackman .... vocal contractor
Randy Newman .... orchestrator
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Jonathan Sacks .... orchestrator
Frank Wolf .... music mixer
Frank Wolf .... music recordist
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Rocco Curatolo .... driver: Mr. De Niro
Maurice Fitzgerald .... transportation co-captain
Kevin Harrington .... driver: Ms. Rosenthal
Herb Lieberz .... driver: Mr. Stiller
Thomas McGoldrick .... driver: Mr. Roach (as Thomas R. McGoldrick)
Edward O'Donnell .... transportation captain
Other crew
Natalie Alexander .... adr voice
Newell Alexander .... adr voice
Julie Arenal .... choreographer
Valentina Aulisi .... production secretary
Tamara Bally .... accountant
Dawn Barkan .... key animal trainer (as Dawn M. Barkan)
Cynthia Bauer .... set production assistant
Milton Bearden .... consultant: CIA (as Milt Bearden)
Brian Byers .... adr voice
Eva Z. Cabrera .... script supervisor
Mitch Carter .... adr voice
Robin Chambers .... assistant: Mr. De Niro
Robert Clotworthy .... adr voice
David Cowgill .... adr voice
Wendy Cutler .... adr voice
Juliet D'Annibale .... assistant production coordinator
Ike Eisenmann .... adr voice (as Iake Eissenmann)
Orin Faison .... set medic
Michael Ferrara .... assistant: Mr. De Niro
Elisa Gabrielli .... adr voice
Steve Ginsburg .... second assistant accountant
Edith Hagigi .... assistant: Mr. Stiller
Tony Hernandez .... office production assistant
Bridget Hoffman .... adr voice
Jenny Kane .... assistant: Mr. Newman
Kate Kelly .... production coordinator
Elyse Klaits .... assistant: Ms. Rosenthal
Julie Kuehndorf .... publicist
Dirk Q. Long .... caterer (as Dirk Long)
Christina MacGregor .... adr voice
Gina Marcheschi .... assistant: Ms. Weinberg
James Maull .... post-production accountant (as James O. Maull)
Ryan McCormick .... office production assistant
Tracey G. Mitchel .... assistant: Ms. Sayres
Solange Monnier .... craft service (as Solange G. Monnier)
Scott Michael Murray .... assistant: Mr. Roach (as Scott M. Murray)
Jennifer Nickson .... assistant: Mr. De Niro
Greg Outcalt .... accounting clerk
Judy Pursley .... first assistant accountant (as Judy Sarton Pursley)
Paul Roeder .... assistant: Ms. Tenenbaum
Bethann Schebece .... set production assistant
Robert Scott Schweitzer .... animal trainer
Reuben Seid .... adr voice (as Ruben Seid)
Susan Silas .... payroll accountant
Andre Sulmers .... assistant: Ms. Rosenthal
Brenda Ventura .... assistant: Mr. De Niro
Saskia Saffron Viner .... craft service
Laura A. Wheeler .... set production assistant
Maria Williams .... assistant: Mr. Stiller
Joseph Barry .... stand-in (uncredited)
Mark Ross Edrys .... stand-in (uncredited)
Johnny Egan .... production assistant (uncredited)
Krista Fico .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Jay Geller .... metal work and welding (uncredited)
Mike Le .... assistant: Owen Wilson (uncredited)
Jeff Lomaglio .... shop craftsmen (uncredited)
Daisy Schwartz .... assistant: Mr. De Niro (uncredited)
Ben Selkow .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug references and language
108 min
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Earned back its initial budget of fifty-five million dollars in just eleven days.See more »
Continuity: When Greg is speaking with Pam for the first time in the movie, the collar of his coat is alternately up and down between shots.See more »
Jack Byrnes:Greg's a male nurse.
Greg Focker:Yes. Thank you, Jack.
Kevin:Wow, that's great. I'd love to find time to do some volunteer work. Just the other day I saw a golden retriever, he had like a gimp, ya know I just wish I could have done something.
Greg Focker:Yeah, well I get paid too so it's sort of an everyone wins thing.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A comedy with Stiller at his most awkwardly best, 29 March 2015
Author: willcundallreview from United Kingdom


Meet the Parents is a comedy and almost kind of romance movie that boats a stellar cast and some funny lines. The humour here is spread out well and the laughs don't just all come in one scene or the other, it makes you laugh at the end and the beginning too. I think the majority of the laughs are more physical than what they say, but what I will add is that when Greg(Ben Stiller) says certain lines, they come off brilliantly. I felt it was just about good and here below is why.

The cast here seem excellent and Ben Stiller as I mentioned is cast well in the lead role as Greg, his physical humour matches up to his line delivery and both combine very well. Robert De Niro as the father in law Jack is great as well, he somehow seems to mix serious but still feel funny and all credit to him on this one. Teri Polo as Pam, Greg's finance, is well cast and so even is Blythe Danner including people like Owen Wilson too to create a first rate bunch of characters.

It's written well, now what I will say is that the script doesn't quite produce as memorable scenes as some of the more physical jokes do but there still funny anyway. John Hamburg and Jim Herzfeld do a good job as I say writing this and both seem to combine past experiences well, with Hamburg who worked with Stiller on "Zoolander" yet again bringing out the laughs and the type of humour we have come to expect.

I think the director Jay Roach is probably the best thing in a way about this, yes you may say how is it not Stiller, but Roach is the master here when it comes to the most memorable parts, and a lot of the laughs. Roach seems to be able to not only get good delivery, but make things very awkward, and part of you even feels awkward watching it at times.

Now Meet the Parents isn't the funniest film you will ever see, if it is then there is much else out you need to see, but it does stand tall when it comes to comedy, and laughs can be had a plenty everywhere. I think although it is a typical comedy type plot, the jokes and the cast involved+ some memorable scenes create a movie that is new when it comes to jokes and even maybe creates a new type of Rom-Com.

On the jokes side again, pretty much any scene where it goes wrong for Greg is funny, whether he is hurt, hurts somebody or basically does something to destroy something, It makes not only Stiller's reactions funnier, but also how the cast react, just hilarious on that side of things. I also think how De Niro goes from actually kind of nice to angry in a matter of seconds is perfect, top class acting from the great.

So overall I think this is a good movie, just scraping into being good but still a good one. I think the reason it isn't great is that it isn't smart ENOUGH, it is smart but there could have been some better jokes or maybe even this type of plot just only works to a certain point. Nevertheless I can't recommend this more, whether you like Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro or any of the cast involved, your sure to have a great time and laugh a lot along the way.

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