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Meet The Parents [DVD] [2000]

Ben Stiller , Robert De Niro , Jay Roach    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MFNW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,358 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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,

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Robert De Niro Meet The Parents

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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
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 You'll be giggling from start to finish 6 Aug 2005
By India
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great film! 2 Feb 2006
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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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
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 So many choice moments 1 Feb 2005
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stiller the best comedy of the 00s 6 Dec 2002
If you do not take yourself too seriously and want to be entertained on a level slightly higher than slapstick, then this film is an absolute must watch. Worshipped by everyone from students to rap stars this film sees Robert De Niro in his most successful foray in to comedy so far where he delivers a flawless performance as a neurotic father assessing his daughter's latest boyfriend, Ben Stiller.
The action is at most times predictable but the script continually delivers rib tickling lines with Stiller's range of facial expressions adding to the comic value. In my opinion this film launched Stiller's carrer and proved that de Niro could play comedy roles as well as straight laced killers. A fantastic comedy, a fine film, if you havent seen or heard of it, which planet habe you been living on?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good follow up to the original film
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Published 1 month ago by Cassie
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy gold
This is one of those films that is so funny and can be enjoyed by all. This is also the first in the 'Focker' series and, in my opinion, is the best one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katie85
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet the parents.
This is one of the funniest films I've ever seen.De Niro is a comic genius and his timing is flawless. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Donna
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 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 13 months ago by Gary
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