Meet The Parents (Special Edition) [DVD]
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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.
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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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
De Niro plays the prospective Jack Byrnes, former CIA amazingly well in true form and is able to come up with some classic, hysterical lines without cracking a glimpse of a smile. Then there is Ben Stiller playing the ever so vulnerable Greg (or so it seems) Focker, Ben puts up a great performance and you actually feel truely sorry for the guy after the stuff he is put through.
The film is from the director of the Austin Powers hence the reason why all jokes are all stringed together, one after the other- whilst still giving you the feeling that they are all perfectly placed.
I find it hard to criticise this film which is why I have given it 5 stars, not only are there some brilliant performances put up by De Niro and Stiller I have to give a mention to an other actor whos part made me crack up in places and this would be Owen Wilson, many would agree with me on this.
It is not just the actors/actresses involved that made me laugh and cringe in places, but some of the events that occured during the course of the film were simply hilarious and at places you knew something was going to go wrong before it did, especially in the scene involving the volleyball.... I won't say more, you will need to watch it to find out. You could say, a definate buy!
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.Read more ›
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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