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Meet the Parents (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 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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Jay Roach
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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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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He finally met the girl of his dreams. Too bad her dad's a nightmare. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug references and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Thai | Spanish | Hebrew | French

Release Date:

6 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La familia de mi novia See more »

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Pam calls Gaylord's parents in Detroit, Michigan. However, in the sequel, they live in Florida. When the Byrnes first arrive to the Fockers' house in Meet the Fockers (2004), Greg's dad states that they moved from Detroit. See more »

Goofs

Position of dirt on Greg's face and clothes around the scene when he's on the roof. See more »

Quotes

Jack Byrnes: [about the polygraph machine] Why don't you try that on?
Greg Focker: Oh, that's okay.
Jack Byrnes: Oh, come on. We'll have some fun. I'll show you how it works.
Greg Focker: I-I shouldn't.
Jack Byrnes: Why should you be afraid? You have nothing to hide.
Greg Focker: No, I know.
Jack Byrnes: I know you know, so there shouldn't be any problem.
Greg Focker: No, there's no problem.
Jack Byrnes: So, try it on.
Greg Focker: Okay.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The airline version contains some slight modifications to the scene where Greg is on the airplane to leave for home towards the end of the film. In particular, the shot where Greg pushes the flight attendant away as she tries to take his bag is cut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pair of Kings: Meet the Parent (2013) See more »

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What's New Pussycat?
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
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If you've seen the preview, don't bother with the movie.
17 October 2000 | by eebertSee all my reviews

My girlfriend and I saw Meet the Parents and both thought it was terrible. My sister saw it and walked out 10 minutes in, which is maybe a little extreme.

If you've seen the preview you've already seen every joke in the movie. So basically they've managed to cram 30 seconds worth of humor into a 90 minute movie.

Somehow even the jokes from the preview fell flat in the theater.


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