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Story

Randy Newman's opening song, "A Fool in Love," perfectly sets up the movie that follows. The lyrics begin, "Show me a man who is gentle and kind, and I'll show you a loser," before praising the man who takes what he wants. Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is the fool in love in Meet the Parents. 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 kisses ass rather than having the courage of his convictions. It doesn't take an elite member of the CIA to see right through Greg, but that's precisely what Jack is. Directed by Jay Roach (the Austin Powers movies), Meet the Parents is an incredibly well-crafted comedy that stands in nice opposition to, say, the sloppy extremes 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 humor, while De Niro's Jack is funny as the hard-ass father who just wants a few straight answers from the kid. What makes the Jack character all the funnier is Blythe Danner as his wife, the Gracie to his George Burns, who is the true heart of the movie. Oh, and Owen Wilson turns in yet another terrific comic performance as Pam's ex-fiancé. --Andy Spletzer

DVD Features

  • 35 never-before-seen outtakes
  • Deleted scenes including "De Niro Unplugged"
  • "Silly Cat Tricks" feaurette
  • "The Truth About Lying" polygraph feaurette
  • Directors profile
  • Commentary by: director Jay Roach and cast members Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller

Cast

Robert De NiroJack Byrnes
Ben StillerGaylord 'Greg' Focker
Teri PoloPam Brynes
Blythe DannerDina Byrnes
Nicole DeHuffDeborah Brynes
Jon AbrahamsDenny Byrnes
Owen WilsonKevin Rawley
James RebhornDr. Larry Banks
Thomas McCarthyDr. Bob Banks
Phyllis GeorgeLinda Banks
Kali RochaAtlantic American Flight Attendant
Bernie SheredyNorm the Interrogator
Judah FriedlanderPharmacy Clerk
Peter BartlettAnimal Shelter Worker
John ElsenChicago Airport Security
William SeversFather O'Boyle
John FioreKinky
Marilyn DobrinAtlantic American Lost Luggage Clerk
Marci ReidTraveler
Frank SantorelliCourier (Wrong Bag)
Russell HornsbyLate Night Courier (Right Bag)

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Very few of today's comedies are actually funny. Funny typically means that the humor...

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Jay Roach
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 108 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 6, 2000
    EuropeDec 15, 2000
    JapanMar 31, 2001
    AustraliaDec 26, 2000
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaNov 30, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 6, 2003
    EuropeOct 22, 2001
    JapanNov 22, 2001
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