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Meet the Parents

Meet the Parents

2000
Romance
Comedy
1h 48m
A Jewish male nurse (Ben Stiller) plans to ask his live-in girl friend (Teri Polo) to marry him. However, he learns that her strict father (Robert DeNiro) 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 (Blythe Danner) and Dad, who turns out to be former CIA with a lie detector in the basement. Coincidentally, a sister (Nicole DeHuff) also has announced her wedding to a young doctor (Thomas McCarthy)... (imdb)
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Meet the Parents

2000
Romance
Comedy
1h 48m
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Rated 25 Apr 2018
79
70th
In the heyday of Stiller comedies, came one successful enough to warrant two sequels, and it certainly is funny and it's pretty entertaining. But even only twenty years later, this one is beginning to show signs of weathering. DeNiro is great, Stiller and Wilson are about the same as ever.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
61
18th
I had a hard time sympathizing with Ben Stiller. I don't much care for these comedies where one terrible thing happens after another until it all gets neatly wrapped up at the end. But there's some funny stuff. Needs more Owen Wilson.
Rated 06 Jun 2011
82
65th
It's funny and I enjoy watching it, but watching the same bad luck incidents happen to one character over the course of one film gets a little old and unrealistic (and predictable). Stiller was good, but De Niro as the father was perfect.
Rated 22 Mar 2009
87
75th
Gaylord Focker lol
Rated 24 Feb 2007
16
8th
Ben Stiller plays the same character he always plays. With the entire movie riding on whether or not you think he's funny it's really hit or miss. I don't find Ben Stiller remotely funny but if you do then you'll probably like this.
Rated 16 Feb 2009
3
22nd
This is funny, i have to admit, but I can't really enjoy what is essentially a 90 minute anxiety attack. Seriously, I think I smoked like, 4 cigarettes.
Rated 31 Mar 2011
78
62nd
I liked it but it really did teeter on the point of being really great or total crap. For most people it stayed on that point or fell on the crap side, but I can't begrudge anybody who loves or hates this film.
Rated 22 Mar 2008
55
20th
Dear Ben Stiller: There are things that are funnier than watching you be uncomfortably awkward for two hours, like good movies. Remember when you used to make those?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
37th
It's occasionally very funny, but mostly redundant and overly frustrating. You can only feel bad for a character like Greg (Stiller) for so long before it becomes annoying. Thankfully, Meet the Parents has good dialogue, and a handful of good laughs thanks to it. Meh!
Rated 21 Sep 2010
67
57th
Although Stiller's awkward guy phase was paper thin to begin with, DeNiro's crazy father in law routine was still pretty funny at this point.
Rated 25 Feb 2017
74
73rd
Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro were brilliantly cast opposite one another in this well made awkward comedy. Quotable with its' fair share of laughs, unfortunately not enough to prop up a story lacking much in depth.
Rated 17 Dec 2008
95
76th
Robert de Niro shines in this movie as the update Dad, The sign of a true actor is the ability to do comedy
Rated 18 Dec 2009
75
27th
An amusing film, but not very memorable.
Rated 18 Jan 2015
24
12th
HEY GUESS WHAT, HIS NAME IS FOKKER! GET IT? Repeated for one and a half hour. Good cast, but terrible script with jokes that are more likely to make you cringe than laugh.
Rated 31 Jan 2016
70
59th
Gaylord Focker being a male nurse is pretty much funny by default.
Rated 04 May 2007
39
23rd
Quirky movie that has it's moments, but forgettable too easy.
Rated 11 Feb 2008
0
8th
Absolute crap. The hero's last name is "Focker", which should give you an idea of the level of humor here. Poor De Niro
Rated 09 Jan 2011
40
15th
Kinda funny in one or two places but mostly just cringey, failing humour. DeNiro is good, of course. I think this the peak of this series, though I'm yet to see the Little Fockers.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
4
43rd
Back before we were all horribly sick of and hated Standard Ben Stiller Character #1, it was actually pretty funny to watch him try to overcome his awkwardness and unfortunate mishaps. De Niro is funny too.
Rated 03 Mar 2007
3
38th
20 years now I've been thinking about Robert De Niro being milked.
Rated 12 Jan 2007
45
15th
Contrived situations, pointless gross-out humour, and I just plain hate Ben Stiller.
Rated 11 Jul 2011
70
25th
Travis Bickle torments Derek Zoolander because he's worried about him marrying his daughter. Also Lightning McQueen shows up at one point, but no one really cares.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
59
20th
Ben Stiller essentially only has two comic roles: wacky, over the top weirdo-idiot and hapless shlub who gets mercilessly abused and humiliated. His character in this film is of the latter variety, and while it's not bad for what it is (though it lacks the crude charm of There's Something About Mary), it still doesn't appeal to me very much.
Rated 27 Apr 2008
54
19th
Mean-spirited, one-joke comedy that ignores it's own premise for the cheap laugh. A supposedly extremely intelligent (SAT scores) main character who acts consistently stupid throughout? A woman who loves her prospective husband, but does nothing to support him as he is continually belittled? A few humourous moments between Stiller and De Niro do little to elevate a deficient plot.
Rated 08 Oct 2007
90
94th
One of the funniest comedy of the 00s, with a good story and great actors. Everything works fine.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
44th
A nice, fun story. The novelty of De Niro being a nice guy who loves his cat wears off, but it still works. A great comedy, and it achieves what it tries to.
Rated 12 Feb 2009
68
36th
Funny!
Rated 04 Jul 2009
70
41st
Better than Meet the Fockers, but not a comedy classic either. There are several laughs to be had here.
Rated 02 Apr 2011
88
50th
2
Rated 01 Jul 2012
70
53rd
Not bad. Definitely didn't need a sequel though. Painting a cat rules.
Rated 21 Jun 2020
62
18th
De Niro and Stiller make the perfect comedy binary. Light comedy, good casting.
Rated 16 Sep 2008
25
4th
Oy vey, Ben Stiller... when will you do it right?
Rated 20 Dec 2012
30
3rd
Funny at times, but a bit immature.
Rated 14 Sep 2014
73
57th
An unusually funny film considering the gags are quite childish.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
76
14th
OK movie
Rated 16 Nov 2010
85
30th
Laughable at times.
Rated 03 Aug 2020
25
7th
Owen Wilson stays winning. Otherwise yeah this didn't age well
Rated 01 Oct 2014
60
62nd
Meet the Parents is a sweet comedy whose situations wind up being the highlights of the film. You take relatively realistic characters and place them in ridiculous predicaments, and then comedy happens. That's the formula to which Meet the Parents adheres, and it works quite well. It's inoffensive, it's funny, and it has a couple of good leading performances. This was a surprise, folks.
Rated 07 Oct 2008
93
93rd
The overwhelming success this enjoyed and the loathesome unfunniness & blatant money-grabbing of the sequel almost makes you forget how funny this movie is. It will take some doing to remember how great this one is when the second sequel comes out. SHUDDER.
Rated 03 Apr 2014
60
79th
Silly and fun
Rated 16 Jun 2009
85
55th
I liked it, but was by no means blown away with it like so many seemed to be.
Rated 05 Feb 2013
89
56th
Seminal for what it is, but nothing groundbreaking.
Rated 24 Oct 2012
71
49th
If you can separate it from other Stiller movies and from the over-productive romantic comedy genre, it is not bad to be honest. It is a good example of if you do hyperbole you have to do it to the extreme. I'm lucky with my in-laws, but for most of the people it should bring in some awkward memories too, so it is very easy to identify with at that level. Conflict of interest disclaimer: the cat looks really like my cat, so I think that might have distorted my opinion.
Rated 01 Nov 2009
30
10th
No me gusta el genero
Rated 30 Nov 2007
92
97th
Shit happens to innocent people :D
Rated 19 Jan 2013
88
94th
Believable yet crazy funny.
Rated 17 Jun 2009
66
46th
Not too bad, what is bad however is that it has birthed two sequels. I just don't get why De Niro thinks he needs to do these kind of movies...!!?
Rated 01 Nov 2008
65
45th
So funny, Gaylord, I'm watching you!
Rated 20 Jan 2007
80
96th
milkin the cat but i dont wanna see deniro in a comedy movie again
Rated 22 Dec 2013
84
63rd
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.
Rated 17 Apr 2012
59
27th
The "Focker" and fecal jokes are immature and predictable but I honestly laughed the most at them, probably because of my immature sense of humor. The rest I didn't really care for as much. Doesn't develop its characters enough to make such over-the-top cringe comedy work that well.
Rated 29 Dec 2007
74
52nd
One of my guilty pleasures... And easily Ben Stiller's best film.
Rated 29 May 2015
83
52nd
Pretty good
Rated 22 Aug 2008
87
33rd
Funny but sometimes a little too painfully awkward... D: I like the sequel more.
Rated 04 Apr 2011
83
64th
Meet The Parents is my my favourite movie of the trilogy.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
79
57th
The awkwardness and anxiousness can get grating, but this is funny enough to overcome that.
Rated 12 Mar 2008
72
52nd
It was cute, but there's way too much slapstick humor.
Rated 01 Jun 2008
60
25th
Mildly amusing
Rated 17 Apr 2010
76
81st
Despite being quite domestic Meet the Parents isn't at all bad. It has that awkward humour emphasised by its context.
Rated 25 Jul 2007
80
91st
Now here's a big-budget Hollywood comedy that's sweet, charming, often hilarious, and totally lovable. Cherish this, for it is rare as fuck!
Rated 11 Jul 2008
70
57th
The slapstick and over-the-top-cringe humour may not do it for some, but I found it rib-tickling.
Rated 12 Sep 2009
70
59th
stiller grates on my nerves after a while, especially when he overplays the kicked-when-he's-down character. but there is some genuinely funny interplay with him and deniro.
Rated 27 Jul 2010
60
44th
The intentional cringe factor is notably strong with this one, as the incidents depicted escalate to memorable full-blown mayhem mode. Robert De Niro is a natural as the terrifying prospective father-in-law, and his interplay with the appropriately awkward Ben Stiller is the crux of "Meet the Parents"; you can almost taste the tension between them. On the downside, most of the film is so preposterous you're bound to have a hard time swallowing the disproportionately convenient, swift resolution.
Rated 22 Jan 2008
55
67th
I admit, I liked it, but I'm not proud of it.
Rated 16 Feb 2009
2
39th
It's like Heat with Ben Stiller replacing Pacino. Wait, that's horrible!
Rated 12 Apr 2008
60
34th
Funny movie!
Rated 01 Sep 2008
49
24th
Basic Ben Stiller romcom stuff. Good acting on a mostly horrible screenplay.
Rated 29 Aug 2010
84
62nd
Hilarious!
Rated 17 Sep 2008
20
15th
for dum
Rated 29 Feb 2016
70
71st
Quite possibly Ben Stiller's best film of all time. Still not great, but...
Rated 17 Aug 2007
40
14th
One joke a bunch of times.
Rated 04 Jul 2008
65
16th
The good: Blythe Danner and De Niro. The not-so-good: Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in yet another Ben Stiller movie.
Rated 25 Mar 2013
80
57th
A classic comedy about a common issue. Pleasing your future in-laws. Robert De Niro steals the show as Jack the ex C.I.A. agent who now spends his time interrogating his daughter's boyfriends. Poor Ben Stiller gets put through the wringer as he makes mistake after mistake trying to win Jack's approval. The best is when he spray-paints a cats tail to trick the family into thinking he found their lost cat. The prayer scene is also one of my favorites. Oh and Terri Polo is adorable.
Rated 07 Aug 2020
80
51st
Baya gülmeli
Rated 01 Dec 2007
77
41st
This is a great comedy movie, DeNiro's performance is my favorite.
Rated 25 Dec 2012
49
42nd
It's full of contrived problems with even more contrived solutions, but the comedy in between is at least entertaining.
Rated 14 Feb 2009
72
25th
Funny but whatever
Rated 10 Dec 2006
55
23rd
We get it Stiller, you're a klutz. Please exit Hollywood.
Rated 24 Feb 2007
83
73rd
Very good comedy right inbetween dry and slapstick humor that somehow perfects this odd combination of comedy. Ben Stiller creates the most perfect "Leave it to Beaver" moments possible that keep the viewer very entertained.
Rated 21 Aug 2010
46
61st
#00s(e)#, story, reviews, casting.
Rated 27 Feb 2009
2
12th
Ben Stiller? Ugh.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
64th
Once you strip away all the jokes and above-average performances, you have something far more rare: a tolerable Ben Stiller romantic comedy. That counts for so much more in this world.
Rated 18 Mar 2007
81
63rd
Really, Meet the Parents is a surprisingly great movie that is thoroughly funny the entire way through.
Rated 26 Sep 2007
55
18th
I have to admit this romantic comedy has some good laughs, but overall it's a pretty standard Ben Stiller movie.
Rated 27 Nov 2018
62
52nd
Quite decent comedy flick, many of the characters are all over the top exaggerated. Did really enjoy De Niro's performance the most. I could have done without the stupid focking cat gags.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
75
67th
An original comedic blockbuster for good reason. We haven't seen DeNiro lighten up so much ever in his career, and the name Gaylord Focker makes this film worth seeing all by itself.
Rated 12 Sep 2007
85
82nd
I loved this movie. it's the kind you can watch over and over and still enjoy. Robert De Niro is an unforgettable, lovable, menacing guy. I can't think of Puff the Magic Dragon without laughing.
Rated 21 Feb 2014
7
57th
Meet The Parents by recent comedy standards is a lot of fun and there's a lot of laughs to be had here. Ben Stiller comically gets everything wrong and gets himself in some really awkward situations. Over time it begins to tire slightly though. But the star here is the great Robert De Niro. He is perfectly cast here and it's so refreshing to see him in a less demanding and more light hearted role than we're used to from him. Although it kick started his awful run of self parody. Decent comedy.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
43
28th
Not terrible.
Rated 27 Mar 2021
80
57th
w/ Gurmes
Rated 05 Jan 2014
81
35th
So, SO cringe-making. Almost unbearable to watch at times. The characters are brilliantly believable and it has some great parts. Ben Stiller plays pretty much the same character he always does.
Rated 17 Apr 2009
60
52nd
it's ok.
Rated 07 Aug 2020
72
42nd
Opinión personal: 7 Actores: 8 Planos: 7,5 Guión: 6,5 BSO/FX: - Total: 72
Rated 05 Dec 2015
90
71st
A-
Rated 16 Sep 2014
55
24th
Serviceable if there's nothing else to do and you haven't seen it. Wouldn't watch it again.
Rated 26 Oct 2012
64
41st
* Casting, Acting : 7 * Script : 7 * Directing, Aura : 6 * Ease of Viewing : 6 * Naked Eye : 6
Rated 04 Jun 2010
60
64th
Surprisingly bearable for a comedy.
Rated 06 Nov 2010
85
85th
pretty funny movie
Rated 09 Nov 2021
80
38th
Meet The Parents is awkward, hilarious, and touching, exceeding expectations for a comedy in this vein.
Rated 09 Aug 2021
70
21st
Well, here I am reviewing the comedy box office smash Meet the Parents after twenty years avoiding it. I didn't dislike it, which is saying a lot. It's surprisingly stilted most of the time— with De Niro meant to be the comedy source but playing it super restrained. Otherwise there are maybe four major setpieces meant to send 2000-era audiences into hysterics while the rest of the time it's "haha Focker sounds like Fucker can you believe this?! In a PG movie?! We did it, America!"

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