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Meet The Parents [DVD] [2000]

Ben Stiller , Robert De Niro , Jay Roach    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Nicole DeHuff
  • Directors: Jay Roach
  • Writers: Greg Glienna, Jim Herzfeld, John Hamburg, Mary Ruth Clarke
  • Producers: Amy Sayres, Emo Philips, Greg Glienna
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French, Hebrew, Spanish, Thai
  • Subtitles: English, German, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Dreamworks Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 July 2006
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MFNW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,479 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Randy Newman's opening song, "A Fool in Love", perfectly sets up the scenario of Meet the Parents: "Show me a man who is gentle and kind and I'll show you a loser". Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is the fool in love. Just as he's about to propose to his girlfriend Pam (Teri Polo), he learns that her sister's fiancé asked their father, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), for permission to marry. Now he feels the need to do the same thing. When Greg meets Jack, he is so desperate to be liked that he makes up stories and feebly attempts to ingratiate himself with his prospective father-in-law rather than having the courage of his convictions. It doesn't take an elite member of the CIA to see right through Greg, but unfortunately that's precisely what Jack is. Directed by Jay Roach (the Austin Powers films), Meet the Parents is a well-crafted comedy that makes for a pleasant contrast to the sloppy excesses of the Farrelly brothers. Stiller is great at playing up the uncomfortable comedy of errors, balancing just the right amount of selfishness and self-deprecating humour, while De Niro's excels as the intimidating father. Blythe Danner as his wife, the Gracie to De Niro's George Burns, is the true heart of the film and Owen Wilson turns in yet another terrific comic performance as Pam's ex-fiancé. --Andy Spletzer, Amazon.com

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good film 5 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is a really well made film, De Niro is perfect as the suspicious father in law and Ben Stiller makes the ideal hapless boyfriend. The scenes are all really well thought out and the script is sharp. Watch the film while cringing at the familiar embarrassing feelings of meeting your inlaws. A perfect film for a good laugh at someone elses expense!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great film! 2 Feb 2006
Format:DVD
This film is just hilarious. It really does cheer you up to know that you are not Ben Stiller. I love De Niro's face it is comical!! This is a good film for everyone. I love the moments when you squirm because you are that embarrassed for Stiller's character. And if you are a dog lover and a cat hater this is definately your cup of tea!! However if your wedding is next week dont watch this before hand - watch it after, you will be so relieved at how your wedding went so smoothly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll be giggling from start to finish 6 Aug 2005
By India
Format:DVD
It's not often you find a film that has you sniggering like a schoolchild at the back of the class all the way through, but 'Meet the parents' certainly goes way up my list for genuinely funny innuendos and 'could it get any worse' scenarios. This film is great entertainment. Watch it after a stressful day to unwind and you'll be sure to forget your woes. It's predictable, corny in places and you'll cringe with embarrassment, but it really is an utterly funny film.
Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) spends a weekend with his girlfriend, Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo) and her parents (Jack played by Robert De Niro and Dina, played by Blythe Danner) with the intention of asking her father for Pam's hand in marriage. Jack takes an instant dislike to Greg, so Greg tries hard to impress and win over the intimidating father by exaggerating the truth and telling little white lies. Unfortunately for Greg, Jack is ex CIA, aka the 'human lie detector' so his desire to impress backfires drastically.
Greg reminds me of a slightly more intelligent Mr.Bean; he's not such a bumbling fool, yet nothing ever seems to go quite right for him. He's more the sincere guy who attracts misfortune like a magnet and you can't help but root for him from start to finish.
The story is realistic in portraying the nervousness of meeting one's potential in-laws combined with the desire to make a good first impression, but it shows us just what can happen if we try too hard!
Jack is not about to allow his beloved Pam to marry Greg, but you learn that underneath the controlling, over-reactive exterior lies a heart of gold.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A change from all the "gross out humour" 28 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I remember going to see this film at the cinema and thinking to myself, "yeah that wasn't too bad". Now that i've seen it for a second time I realise just how good it auctually was. For once it was a change from all the recent gross out humour like Americian Pie and Road trip.
The story follows Greg Focker a male nurse who, in order to propose to his girlfriend must first meet her parents and ask her father for his daughters hand in marriage.
Both Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro are excellent as the would-be son and father in law, and director Jay Roach (better know for the Austin Powers movies) moves the story along at a steady pace as Ben Stiller's character goes from bad to worse.
Overall a great comedy with genuinely funny scenes throughout
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert de Niro - funny? Yes, hilarious. 7 Dec 2011
By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
On holiday in Rome on a rainy night, we saw this advertised and, in contrast to the piano recital the previous evening, we went. It was hilarious and we laughed a lot, so unexpected were the situations portrayed. It was interesting to hear our multi-national audience enjoying the same humour and to hear animated conversations later in various languages.

It would be invidious to pick out one or two actors above the rest - Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Nicole DeHuff - as they all played their contrasting roles so well.

Buy the DVD and enjoy yourself; better still, buy a boxed set and enjoy all of them. Unlike a lot of film sequels, these actually work as the formula develops.

Great, silly fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious from start to finsih 1 July 2010
By Rebecca
Format:DVD
Ben stiller and De-niro together was a great combination .
The film is hilarious from start to finsih .
From the point where Greg opens the Champange and the cork hits the ern with Mothers ashes in it and the whole thing hits the floor and the cat goes to the toilet in it is falling of the chair funny.
Then he sets the wedding alter on fire and the whole family get covered in sewage .
I watched this film on a plane flight to New york once and could not wait for the release of the dvd. Get it .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So many choice moments 1 Feb 2005
Format:DVD
Meet the Parents is a rare film: a comedy that actually improves with repeated viewings. Its pleasure partially lies in its simple and universal premise, that meeting your partner's parents is inevitably a painful experience. But what if your girlfriend's Dad was a cranky, possessive Robert De Niro? And what if he was a former CIA agent and 'human lie detector'? Oh dear. It is primarily the solid interaction between likable loser Ben Stiller and bristly De Niro that makes this film so enjoyable (along with a little help from a scene-stealing Owen Wilson as a perfect ex-boyfriend), but this is coupled with a sparkling script that wrings every possible laugh out of the film's premise and cast. Stand-out scenes include the dinner-table/urn occasion, the volleyball match ("It's only a game, Focker!") and Greg's mental flippage on a plane near the end of the film, but everyone has their personal favourites in a film that builds up layers of comedy throughout. Roach has impeccable comic timing and keeps things moving at a swift pace, Stiller does a good job as always and De Niro displays his often overlooked comedy chops. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
Classic comedy of meeting the future in-laws. Great cast, no excessive narration and decent script. Plenty of great scenes that jerk you into laughter.
Published 5 months ago by CN
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the Fokker lot!
I bought this for my wife as she has the other Fokker films and hadn't realised there was another in the set, we sat and watched it together and i must say it even raised a laugh... Read more
Published 6 months ago by old man of life.
4.0 out of 5 stars bought for a Christian 'Confirmation class'. Haven't watched it yet...
bought for a Christian 'Confirmation class'. Haven't watched it yet so no idea what it is like. Happy with the service provided. Read more
Published 6 months ago by reverend mother
4.0 out of 5 stars A good watch
This was the film that started the trilogy that continued with "Meet The Fockers" and "Little Fockers". Watch this and you'll probably want the other two.
Published 8 months ago by QM1
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Stiller's best film
Awkward comedy about a male nurse with an unfortunate name meeting his girlfriends parents for the first time. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gary
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
The movie makes you laugh a lot, with subtle and natural-feeling funny situations everywhere. The acting is good. Why don't they make more comedies like this? Read more
Published 10 months ago by Petri
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I really like the game and would recommened it to anyone who liked simular films as myself and its interesting
Published 15 months ago by Katiecoo
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh De Niro... what has become of you?
Ben Stiller? Great comedic actor. Robert De Niro? Legend. Teri Polo and Blythe Danner? Underrated and underused actresses. Meet the Parents? Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by BPR
5.0 out of 5 stars little fockers
A VERY FUNNY FILM A GOOD FINISH TO THE TWO OTHERS IN THE SERIES, WELL WORTH WATCHING. ITS ALSO A VERY GOOD PRICE FROM AMAZON. ENJOYED IT .X
Published on 7 Oct 2011 by mojacar
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain
This DVD completes my set of the trilogy of this series of films. My film was in excellent condition when it arrived and it arrived very promptly.
Published on 10 Aug 2011 by Teresamum4
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