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Meet the Parents (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Byrnes
... Greg Focker
... Pam Byrnes
... Dina Byrnes
... Deborah Byrnes
... Denny Byrnes
... Kevin Rawley
... Dr. Larry Banks
... Dr. Bob Banks (as Thomas McCarthy)
... Linda Banks
... Atlantic American Flight Attendant
... Norm the Interrogator
... Pharmacy Clerk
... Animal Shelter Worker
... Chicago Airport Security
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Storyline

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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First comes love. Then comes the interrogation. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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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)  »

Also Known As:

La familia de mi novia  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,623,300, 8 October 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$166,244,045, 29 March 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$330,444,045
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Trivia

John Hamburg, Ben Stiller's preferred screenwriter, did an uncredited re-write during production. See more »

Goofs

Jack watches a tape of Greg in which Greg mentions Denny and hints at Denny's drug use. However, the tape is of Greg's first night at the house. Greg didn't meet Denny until his second day at the house. See more »

Quotes

Jack Byrnes: I'm a realist. I understand it's the 21st century and you've probably had premarital relations with my daughter. But under our roof, it's my way or the Long Island Expressway. Is that understood?
Greg Focker: Of course, yeah.
Jack Byrnes: Good. Keep your snake in it's cage for 72 hours.
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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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Referenced in StarTalk: Ben Stiller (2016) See more »

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Jesu Bleibet Meine Freude
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Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged for solo lute
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Meet the new generation of "unfunny" movie.
18 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

This film was a very lame attempt at been humorous. The jokes were poor, overcooked and could be seen at least two lines before hand. I didn't have a decent laugh during the whole movie and was sorry I wasted my time viewing it until the end. The worst thing about this type of baloney is that a new genre of film seems to have been invented by some studios i.e. "unfunny" funny film whose only reason for existence is to lull the viewing audience into some sort of trite "twilight zone", letting them think that they go home in a jovial and entertained mood where the exact opposite is the case as the discerning viewer goes home unfulfilled, cheated and slightly disgruntled. Unfortunately, we have been exposed to a plethora of these films for too long as more and more of this type of banal movie is served up appealing to increasingly demoralized audiences as certain movie makers lose sight of the hilarious belly busters of yesteryear with their razor sharp script writers, ludicrous plots and acting beyond belief. They have become nothing more that "cash cows" for some actors to make a few extra dollars to keep them in the lifestyle that they have been accustomed to and are disingenuous to both, us their audience, and true comedians alike.


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