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Meet the Parents

Published June 7, 2020

Meet the Parents

Film info

  • Title Meet the Parents
  • Director Jay Roach
  • Year 2000
  • Run time 1hr 48m
  • Genres Comedy, Romance
  • Tagline First comes love, then comes the interrogation

In this comedy from Austin Powers director Jay Roach, Ben Stiller plays a young man who endures a disastrous weekend at the home of his girlfriend's parents. Greg Focker (Stiller) is completely in love with Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo), and views their upcoming trip to her parents' house on Long Island (where her sister is to be married during the weekend) as a perfect opportunity to ask her to marry him. Things go from bad to worse in less time than it takes to spin a dreidel, with Greg incurring the wrath of both Pam's father - who, it turns out, worked for the CIA for 34 years - and the rest of her family, and almost single-handedly destroying their house and the wedding in the process.

Live blog

TimeComment
1:54I remember liking this but then again, I remember liking There’s Something About Mary and I hated that recently.
5:25Marry me, Map!
10:21“They say geniuses pick green. But you didn’t pick it.”
12:13What kind of cat is that, some kind of devil cat?
15:52Not aged well on the male nurse front.
22:59“You can get a whole bunch of Mumms.”
26:53I find it a bit weird to keep the ashes in the dining room.
39:13Don’t take the polygraph test!
42:21“I was scared of your dad back when he was a florist.”
47:50I want a doormat that says go away!
53:00Lacrosse camp must be so niche.
56:40He’s showing off the wedding altar and I can’t help eyeing up his many toolboxes and kits and stuff.
1:04:30Why hasn’t he emptied the tank already though? If they’re hosting a wedding… I feel like that’s something he would be organised enough to do.
1:09:46Phew, cats always land on their feet.
1:16:18“He’s an extremely handy and crafty craftsman.”
1:19:23Traffic lights are the worst!
1:33:27The airport thing… how can that still be so true now?

Thoughts

As I said up top, I was worried going into this one because I remembered liking it but other films that I have fond memories of have not worked out so well on a rewatch. Also, I have not enjoyed Robert De Niro’s attempts at comedy. Whilst clearly a great actor, I feel like he should stay on the drama side.

However, this stood up! Thank goodness. It was funny, it was cringey but not in a gross way, and he was actually a better guy than I remembered, because actually a lot of the things that were happening weren’t his fault.

The only thing I didn’t like so much was the jibes at him being a nurse, I don’t think that’s aged well. But, having said that, he wasn’t embarrassed and stood his ground, so that’s good.

Rating: 4 / 5

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