Meet the Parents

Meet the Parents
Meet the Parents
  • PG-13
  • 1h 47m
  • 2000
Certified Fresh84%
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Male nurse Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is poised to propose to his girlfriend Pam (Teri Polo) during a weekend stay at her parents' home. But here's the catch... he needs to ask her father first. Alas, the fur flies as Jack Byrnes, Pam's cat-crazy, ex-CIA father, played hysterically by Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, takes an immediate dislike to her less-than-truthful beau. Greg's quest for approval gets seriously sidetracked as Murphy's Law takes over an d a hilarious string of mishaps turns him into a master of disaster and total pariah in the eyes of the entire family... all except his shell-shocked girlfriend, who can't believe she still loves her one-man wrecking crew. Meet the Parents, from the director of Austin Powers, is an uproarious blockbuster hit that bombards you with one laugh after another, as true love tries to conquer all, against all odds.

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Certified Fresh84%
Critics Consensus: Despite sometimes sitcom-like execution, Meet the Parents is a hilarious look at familial relationships that works mostly because the chemistry between its two leads is so effective.
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Crass comedy has lots of sex, profanity, drugs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Meet the Parents is a 2000 movie in which Robert DeNiro plays an overprotective and snooping father to a daughter who has brought home a boyfriend played by Ben Stiller who is well-intentioned and eager to win her father's affections but seems to make the worst mistakes at the most inopportune times. This movie has some strong language (including "s--t"), especially in reference to Greg's unfortunate last name (Focker); drug use plus cigarette smoking by the main character; and potty humor -- a septic tank backs up on the lawn, for starters. There's plenty of lying, spying, and sneaking around by the main characters that they eventually all need to own up to -- like when Greg loses the cat and tries to replace it with a look-alike from the local shelter. While trying to initiate sex, Greg uses a pet name for his penis as he begins to fondle the breasts of his girlfriend. Greg inadvertently positions a nanny-cam so it's looking up the skirt of his girlfriend's mother. An ex-boyfriend of Greg's girlfriend tells him how she's a "tomcat." Homophobic and sexist jokes, along with comments about Greg's Jewish background.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:October 6, 2000
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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