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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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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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Release Date:

6 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meet the Parents See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,623,300, 8 October 2000

Gross USA:

$166,244,045

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$330,444,045
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the movie was filmed without deciding how to say "Focker", so they had to go back and re-record it. See more »

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When Greg proposes to Pam, her necklace changes positions after each shot. See more »

Quotes

Jack Byrnes: Is your name Gaylord Focker, yes or no?
Greg Focker: Yes.
Jack Byrnes: Are you a male nurse?
Greg Focker: Yes.
Jack Byrnes: Are you a pothead?
Greg Focker: No.
Jack Byrnes: Have you ever smoked pot?
Greg Focker: Yes.
Jack Byrnes: Did you spray-paint the tail of a cat to pass him off as Mr. Jinx?
Greg Focker: Yes.
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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 »


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Written and Performed by Pete Stringfellow and Jason Beltz
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/Master Source
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De Niro The Comedian
24 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Odd to state that "Robert De Niro is the star of this comedy," but that's the case here. One doesn't normally associate him with comedy, but he's a pretty versatile actor, and can play a lot more characters than Mafia-type thugs. He's also a pretty darned good comedian, as he first proved way back in the early '80s with Rupert Pupkin in "The King of Comedy."

Anyway, De Niro and Ben Stiller provide a lot of laughs in this modern-day comedy. No sense going into detail as there are plenty of other reviews here. I hate to see the "hero" of a movie being a character who is chronic liar (Stiller's "Greg Focker") but that's not unusual in the world of films. That, and Blythe Danner's excessive use of God's name as exclamations gets annoying.

Other than that, it's a fun movie that turned out to be a hit and justifiably so. I imagine you could get a lot of laughs from watching this over and over. That would be better than watching the sequel.


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