Meet the Parents (2000)


Movie Review

Directed by: Jay Roach

Starring: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, and Owen Wilson

Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is a male nurse from Chicago who plans on proposing to his girlfriend Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo).  His timing is a bit off though when he tries.  While down on one knee out in the middle of a Chicago sidewalk in front of Pam, Greg doesn't get to pop the big question to her.  Instead, he learns that Pam's sister is getting married and that he's been invited to meet Pam's parents this weekend.  It doesn't seem so bad.  Pam's dad Jack (Robert De Niro) is a retired florist, and her mom Dina (Blythe Danner) is a housewife.  Little does he know what's in store for him this weekend.  Jack is actually a retired CIA agent who has a nasty habit of breaking Pam's boyfriends physically and mentally.

Meet the Parents might just be the most hilarious film I've ever seen.  The comedic chemistry between De Niro and Stiller is golden.  Robert De Niro is the perfect straight man for this role.  He turns Jack Byrnes into the dad from hell.  The core to his comedy with his character Jack is that he is so serious about everything.  Whether potty-training a cat or giving Greg a lie detector test, he keeps his serious mood.  Ben Stiller plays right off this seriousness to create comedic gold.  As the weekend goes from bad to worse, the laughs from these two get louder and louder.  Don't miss Meet the Parents!  You will cry from laughter during this riot.



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