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Meet the Parents (2000)

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

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

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Country:

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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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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 »

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When Greg goes onto airplane the airport is completely empty. When he is removed from the plane the waiting area is completely full of people in the terminal watching as Greg is being taken away. See more »

Quotes

Dina Byrnes: Looks like we've got another wedding to plan.
Jack Byrnes: Yep. Just got to do one more thing.
Dina Byrnes: What's that?
Jack Byrnes: Meet his parents.
Dina Byrnes: Jack...
Jack Byrnes: Honey, relax. I'm sure they're wonderful, fascinating people.
Dina Byrnes: Good night, Jack.
Jack Byrnes: I mean, they'd have to be, right? To name their son Gaylord Focker?
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My former in-laws-oye
8 July 2009 | by buzznzipp1995See all my reviews

This has to be the most uncomfortably hilarious comedy I have seen or I should say felt involved with in years. The whole family and their friends VS Mr.Gaylord Focker (Ben Stiller). A father-in-law to be is not just an overly literal and abundantly-overbearing wall in the way of the progress of asking with the best intentions for the man's daughters hand in marriage. Every time he turns around someone in that family of Pam's is verbally being cold blooded or condescending toward Greg Focker aka Gaylord, and then laughing about it. Or even accusing him of doing things that he hasn't done. With a case of nerves as it is it doesn't help to be even more nervous and doing something by mistake that will be under a finer micro-scope by the parents and friend of the wedding party. From the supposed pot smoking that they accused him of to lying about his taking the 'M Cats' test to anything else that they feel like saying to him, or about him. This reminded me of my past in-laws. What a freaking mess.The breakfast scene where he enters their kitchen in pjs and the grooms mother quips, "looks like someone had a visit from the hair fairy." Then on Greg's way out of the kitchen to go shower, he jokes and sez, "Well I guess it's time for me to visit the shower fairy." And everyone just looks at him as if to say 'Oh Greg grow up'. I can identify with most of this whole feature. The director was brilliant in making an awkwardly close to the bone for me, movie about unwed bliss. DeNiro is masterful in this role. He is simply the one that fits it to a tee. Well scripted and maintained through out the entire story, this one with Owen Wilson was a spectacle to look and laugh and cringe at all at the same time while feeling awkward and gawky and nervously smiling with the rest of the nervous fiancée's out there.

This was a one of a kind fun-filled slightly bend out of shape picture with an original feel, that makes it not equal to all the other cinema fare out there that 'comes and goes' with little staying power.

Jay Roach is a cool and talented director. Keep up the great work. Recommended (****) See it with a buddy.


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