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Meet the parents is about a young couple whom have fallen deeply in love and are about to take their relationship to the next level by thinking about marriage.
We are first introduced to Greg (Gaylord Focker) played by Ben Stiller, he is going to meet his girlfriend Pam Byrnes (Teri polo) a school teacher from work to take her out for lunch.
He has arranged an elaborate proposal for her involving her students but this fails as just as he is about to ask her she recieves a phone call from her sister announcing that she has just got engaged and that her wedding is in two weeks. Within this phone conversation they talk about how her sisters fiancee knew to ask their father for permission and Greg decides that he must do this as well.
Both Greg and Pam travel back to Pams family home for the wedding where Greg gets to meet Pams parents for the first time. Unfortunately due to a mishap with the bags Gregs has gone missing, with the engagement ring and all of his clothes in.
Jack Byrnes (Robert Di Nero) Is an very over protective traditional father he wants the best for his daughter and Greg has a really hard time trying to get approval from him even though he tries many things they always seem to go wrong. Jack is a retired CIA agent who uses this to his advantage when getting to know Greg. Dina Byrnes (Blyhte Danner) is alot more easy going than her husband and is the one that tries to calm him down.
I love the Character Kevin played by Owen Wilson, Kevin is Pams ex-fiancee and there is still a lot of love for her on his side and Greg finds this very intimidating. I love the way that he is jealous of him although he has the girl.
I think that both Blyhte Danner and Robert Di Nero work really well as the parents. The seem to fit together really well, and both have different parts of personalities which fit as a couple.
I really enjoyed watching this film and i found the humour really funny, there are a lot of moments that really make you laught out loud. I first watched this film with my mum many moons ago and it was something that we both enjoyed.
Meet the Parents is a very funny comedy that stars Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro. It is De Niro who steals the show as a former CIA agent Jack Byrnes who is not exactly enamoured with his daughters choice of partner in the form of Greg ( real name Gaylord) Fukker played by Stiller. Gaylord is a nurse something the macho Jack has trouble coping with and the two do not hit it off from the get go.
Jack really is the father in law from hell The film opens with Greg and his fiancee Pam going to meet her parents and then follows a whole series of disasters that befall Greg as he tries and fails to make a good impression including the hilarious introduction of Mr Kinks the pet cat and Jacks mothers mortal remains in an hilarious slapstick sequence.
Owen Wilson also makes an appearence as a former boyfriend of Pam's who still has a thing for her and is the preferred future son in law in Jacks opinion. Blythe Danner is also very good at Pa'ms mother Dina and the long sufferring wife of Jack.
It is De Niro who steals the show though and he really is an excellent comic actor. This is a very funnt movie with some real laugh out loud moments and some situational scenes which will have your toes curling in a shared embarressment with Greg as he blunders around only making matters worse.
The pace of the film is good and there are a constant stream of jokes that mix in some nice sharp word play with some slap stick scenes and a bit of gross out humour as well.
Highly recommended as it is a great comedy which is actually improved upon when the follow up was released.
I have always been a fan of Ben Stiller in alot of his roles and Meet the Parents is no exception and is an excellent comedy in which he teams up with Robert De Niro with hilarious consequences. Owen Wilson also stars in the movie as he normally does in Ben Stiller films.
The movie spawned a sequel and I find it hard to work out which one is better but they are both very funny in their own ways.
Greg Focker played by Ben Stiller is a male nurse who decides it's high time he proposed to his long time girlfiend Pam played by Teri Polo. However when he discovers that her sister's fiance asked her father permission to marry before proposing, he realises that he must do the same thing. Thus begins the start of the fun and games as Greg accompanies Pam to her family home for the first time. I'm sure we have all been nervous about meeting our partner's parents for the first time so can relate to this movie, but I'm sure that the catalogue of events that unfold and happen to Greg have not happend to most of us.
Greg is desperate to impress Pam's parents and in particular her ex-CIA agent father Jack played by De Niro. However, whatever he tries goes disastrously and hilariously wrong. The accidents and errors escalate involving the family cat, the ashes of Jack's mother, a flammable gazebo and an overflowing septic tank to name but a few. Greg is not particularly liked anyway by Pam's family and matters are not made easier when he meets Pam's ex-fiance who seems too good to be true and perfect. He is played by Owen Wilson and is loved by the family.
This role was originally intended for Jim Carrey but thinking about the two I think Ben Stiller is the better choice as I think Carrey would have made it a bit too stupid with his antics and taken the emphasis away from Robert De Niro who is excellent in the role of Jack. He has always been portrayed in serious roles most of his career but is very funny in this movie in a switch from his normal.
This is one of the best comedies around made even better by the cast of characters and the way they work together. It is an endless catalogue of disasters that will have you cringing for Greg and feeling sorry for everything that happens to him.
Meet the Parents is one of those rare films which is actually betterred by the follow up film, in this case it was the excellent Meet the Fockers however Meet the Parents is still an excellent comedy which stars Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro.
It is De Niro who steals the show in his portayal of the father in law from hell as the over protective former CIA agent Jack Byrnes who is not happy about the apple of his eye, daughter Pam (Teri Polo) choice of fiancee in the form of male nurse Greg Focker played by Stiller. The film depicts the first meeting of father and future son in law and the whole series of disasters that befall Greg as he tries and fails to make a good impression.
Owen Wilson also appears as Kevin Rowley a former boyfriend of Pam and her fathers choice as an ideal boyfriend for his daughter while Blythe Danner plays Dina Pam's mother.
This film will have you laughing and cringing in equal measures as it is a very funny film with some very uncomfortable scenes in it. My favourite scene has to involve the family cat Mr Jinks the remains of Jacks' mother and it is an hilarious scene.
The pace of the film is good and there are a constant stream of jokes that mix in some nice sharp word play with some slap stick scenes and a bit of gross out humour as well.
De Niro is excellent in the role as the fatherwho is not afraid to call upon his old spy techniques to work out what makes Greg tick and I have always thought that De Niro is excellent as a comic performer. A must see film and one that you can get on Amazon for only £4.18.
Meet the Parents came out back in 2000. This is a classic American comedy directed by Jay Roach. The film stars the excellent Ben Stiller along with Robert De Niro and Owen Wilson. The film was a massive hit at the box office so much so that they made a follow up film a few years later. The film was nominated for an Oscar and also won lots of other awards and got plenty of nominations.
The film tells the story of a young couple who have decided to get married. Greg and Pam are living away from there homes and decide to travel back to Pams hometown and meet her parents, hence the name of the field. However things dont go quite according to plan, Greg must try and win over Pams parents who are a little bit difficult. So the story follows all the crazy goings on over the weekend and how things turn out in the end.
I love the film. Its such a simple concept but one that so many of us can relate to. The first time you meet someones parents is very nerve wracking and always a difficult time. When things go smoothly its fine but if anything goes wrong it can be so tricky!
This film is really funny, anything that could possibly go wrong here, does! The comedy is quite basic but at the same time its not really silly, most of it is quite believeable which makes it all the more funny.
De Niro is the prefect scary Father in Law kind of guy. And his performance in the film is excellent. Stiller is also really good and this is the kind of role he really thrives in. There are plenty of really funny moments in the film that made me laugh. However at the same time the story is very good and entertaining.
The film runs for 108 minutes. I think that is just about right, any longer and it might start to drag a little. At no point in the film was I bored though so I think they got the lenght about right.
The film is rated as 12. There is some swearing and some sexual refrences that may not be suitable for children and some people who are easily offended by this kind of thing.
The DVD itself is good. There are a few extras such as trailers and extras scenes and things. Really you should be buying this film for the movie itself though and the extras.
Overall this is a classic comedy. It has all the right ingredients needed to make it fun, funny and entertaining. I have seen this film several times and will no doubt watch it many more in the future. If you have never seen Meet the Parents this is a film you simply must give a try. I'm pretty sure you will enjoy it.
Meet The Parents
Directed by: Jay Roach
Written by: Greg Glienna, Mary Ruth Clarke
Robert De Niro
Gaylord 'Greg' Focker (Ben Stiller) is a male nurse in love. Not with his job, but with his primary school teacher girlfriend Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo). After feeling he is ready to make a real commitment Greg decides it's time for him to propose. However he wants to go about this the best possible way and feels he should ask her father Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) first for his daughters hands in marriage. The perfect opportunity arises when they are set to head to Pam's family home for the weekend.
From the very first moment upon meeting the family Greg realizes it isn't going to be an easy job. Sly comments from Jack start from the very moment they get to the door with a comment about the choice of a green car. Whilst Greg struggles to get into the Byrnes family 'circle of trust' he doesn't realize Jack is in fact a former CIA agent who is trying to get every bit of dirt on his daughter's boyfriend. All Greg has to do is spit out them words whilst passing the interrogations!
The film is full of humor from the very start to the very end. The whole weekend unravels problem after problem that Greg has to encounter and try and get through. These aren't easy to get by and Greg always seems to find a difficult way to get around them, if he can at all that is.
Ben Stiller plays the fantastic role of the partner just trying anything to please the parents of his girlfriend. He does everything he can and plays the part perfectly when trying to fit in with private family jokes like many of us have tried. Robert De Niro however has to be the selling factor for this film however. With the characteristics of a completely over protective dad who will do anything to get the dirt on the boyfriend, he plays it perfectly whilst keeping it cool and coming across as a typical step dad.
Whilst the film can be predictable for an ending it still doesn't fail as great comedy. A huge amount of sympathy can be felt throughout the film as it can only be seen as bad luck on Greg's side, which every can admit they felt they've had at least once or twice in their life. It is a great film to relate to and can only make you laugh about the matter. Definitely worth a watch!
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Meet the Parents is one of the very best comedies of the last decade - it captures accurately the experience felt by most of us at one point or another, the awkwardness of meeting the parents of your partner. As a result, this is a film that a LOT of people can connect with, and it's a very inspired comedic work.
Gaylord M. "Greg" Focker (Ben Stiller) is a male nurse who lives in Chicago with girlfriend fiance, Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo), a schoolteacher. Before he can propose to her, Pam's sister Debbie (Nicole DeHuff) announces that she is engaged herself, causing Greg and Pam to have to stay at the Byrnes family home for the procedings, during which point Greg plans to propose to her in front of her family.
Here, he meets Pam's father Jack (Robert De Niro), mother Dina (Blythe Danner). DeNiro really steals the show as the retired CIA operative father, who takes an instant dislike to Greg, from his profession, to his demeanour, and generally his intentions with his daughter. This results with Greg trying to up the ante to impress him, resulting in only more trouble through a plethora of zany situations.
An interesting, and surprisingly good turn for DeNiro here, who really carries the film and makes it his own, despite the solid performances all around. DeNiro displays a previously hidden talent at comic timing, making this a film that's far better than expected - kudos to all involved, particularly the team of screenwriters, who really capture the awkwardness of meeting the parents very aptly. Clearly this was written from an (albeit exaggerated) actual experience, and will certainly resonate with the late 20s crowd, I'm sure.
Meet the Parents stars Ben Stiller as a Chicago-based male nurse called Greg Focker. Greg is about to propose to his schoolteacher girlfriend called Pam (Teri Polo) but when her sister Debbie (Nicole Dehuff) calls and explains that her new fiancé, Dr. Bob Banks (Tom McCarthy) received a blessing from her father before he asked the big question Greg decides that when they fly over to help Debbie plan her wedding in the weeks that follow it is the perfect opportunity to meet Pam's overprotective parents and ask for their blessing before he proposes but when he meets her parents Jack and Dina Byrnes (Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner) he soon realises that he is not going to live up to their expectation.
As Greg meets Pam's brother Denny (Jon Abrahams) and Debbie's soon to be in-laws Larry (James Rebhorn) and Linda Banks (Phillis George), Greg starts to realise that the more people who show up the worse things seem to go for him.
When Pam's wealthy ex-fiancée, Kevin Rawley (Owen Wilson) shows up it is obvious that Greg is never going to live up to her families expectations but can all be saved and he manage to be with the woman of his dreams?
Meet the Parents is a huge comedy hit with a fantastic cast, brilliant plot and script that manages to deliver huge laughs throughout. The film is one of the films I have enjoyed most of recent times thanks in no small part to the cast puting in amazing performances throughout which makes the story work brilliantly well and allow the laughs written in to be delivered with perfection consistently. If you loke Ben Stiller then this is amongst his best performances and will not disappoint with the laughs.
Want a laugh then watch this amazing cast deliver them for you to perfection.
Meet the Parents really is a hilarious film that I would really recommend seeing, it provides some great entertainment that all of the family can enjoy. It was originally released in 2000 and is very much of the comedy genre. I felt that it was very well produced and considering it is staring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller you know its going to be good! You can get this film for just £5 which is an excellent price for this classic. The film was nominated for an oscar and had 7 wins out of the total 14 nominations which is very impressive. I really would recommend this film because I found it to be excellent!
The tag line for this film is "First comes love. Then comes the interrogation!" which could not be more appropriate and is just what happens. The film is about a jewish male nurse who is called Greg Focker which is hilarious on its own but perhaps controversial. Greg is in love with his girlfriend Pam and asks her to marry him, but he doesn't want to take her to her parents for obvious reasons! Pam has an incredibly strict dad who does not let anything go by him and he is not happy about the marriage. The film is hilarious throughout and everything goes against Greg Focker that could and it provides some great entertainment.
I found the film to be absolutely superb and there really are some brilliant moments in the film. I think it is ideal for a family film and I could not recommend it more, especially for just £5 from Amazon. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading!
Meet the Parents is a funny story based as much on the strong personalities of its stars as it is on the flimsy story itself. Written by Greg Glienna and directed by Jay Roach it is a comedy with heart and it made a lot of money at the box office.
The film is based around Gaylord 'Greg' Focker (Ben Stiller) a male nurse who means well but is very accident prone, the role is almost a follow on from his character in 'There's something about Mary'. Greg plans to propose to his girlfriend Pam (Teri Polo) unfortunately having organised her school kids to spell the words 'Will you marry me' out, she receives a call from her sister to say she is getting married. Greg is scuppered but he and Pam are invited before the wedding to go and 'Meet the Parents' for a weekend.
Greg meets Jack and Dina Byrne (Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner), Jack instantly dislikes 'Greg' and takes delight in humiliating him at every opportunity, Greg doesn't help himself by inadvertedly giving the bride a black eye, by losing the families beloved cat 'Mr Jinx' and setting fire to the Wedding Altar, the film is one of those where Greg tries to win the families trust and we hope he does.
Stiller is perfect for the role of Focker, he tries his best but absolutely fails at every opportunity, the set pieces are very funny and he really plays himself up as a loveable fool. De Niro is superb, he really gets into his role as Jack, the ex CIA operative and plays up to it, he's funny, anally retentive and really doesn't like Focker, Jack is a great comedy creation, full of little ticks and unnatural adoration of his cat 'Mr Jinx', Danner and Polo do well playing the straighter roles. Owen Wilson is also excellent in the supporting role of Kevin Rawley, Pam's perfect ex fiancé, a self made man with a love of carpentry.
This is a funny film, full of little and big jokes, the scenes where Greg gives the bride a black eye and the one where he loses Mr Jinx are very funny, the cast all look like their having fun, it is a comedy which is almost a throwback to the old Billy Wilder films a farce with a good heart underneath, Stiller is good as the unlikely hero, De Niro is great as the uptight Jack and the whole film is a cracking comedy full of humour, good heart and a real sense of occasion, in a way its quite a romantic film, as Greg must love Pam a hell of a lot to put up with what he does and as much as Focker is a fish out of water, the family he visit are just as odd in their own way.
The DVD is available on Amazon for £5, it included deleted scenes and commentary from the director and stars.
Greg Focker, real name Gaylord Focker (Ben Stiller) is a male nurse much to the amusement of all his friends and colleagues. He's been with Pam (Teri Polo) for 10 months now and he knows that she's 'the one'. After work one afternoon he arranges to propose to Pam by getting the young children she teaches to spell out 'Marry me Pam' with pieces of cards, however it doesn't exactly go according to plan. Pam is momentarily distracted by the news that her sister has just got engaged and she happens to mention that her sister's fiancé is in her Dad's good books as he asked his permission before proposing.
When Greg and Pam travel to meet her parents Greg is hoping everything will go smoothly, he plans to ask Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) for Pam's hand in marriage and they'll live happily ever after. To Greg, Jack works with flowers although this is just a clever cover story to cover up the fact that Jack has worked in the C.I.A for 35 years of his life. This of course unnerves Greg when he finds out and to make things worse Jack is extremely protective of his first born and when Greg accidentally gives Jack the impression that he's a pot head things go downhill from there...
Although being released in 2000 I didn't actually see this film until about a year ago when I watched it at a relatives house at Christmas (cheesy I know!) I'd heard great things about it and with such a great cast I was hoping it would be really good. I've loved Ben Stiller ever since I first saw him in There's Something About Mary so I had high hopes for this film.
With such a stellar cast I was expecting the acting to be brilliant and I wasn't disappointed. Despite Ben Stiller playing the main character it was Robert De Niro who really stood out for me, I'm not too familiar with his work, infact the only film of his that comes to mind is Cape Fear which I thought was absolutely fantastic. The change from the character he played in Cape Fear to the character of Jack Byrnes was huge but he seemed to simply take it in his stride and he played the part of the controlling ex C.I.A Agent Jack brilliantly. A lot of the humour comes from him and how he analyses poor Greg at every opportunity, the ways in that he tries to make Greg crack are very outrageous and of course very comical and you really feel sorry for poor old Greg because he has nothing but good intentions towards Pam. I think Jack is my favourite character, I love how they've analysed lots of Father/ Daughter relationships and over exaggerated how protective a Father can be over his daughter. This is very relatable for a lot of people as my Dad is very protective of me, being his only daughter. Of course my Dad is nowhere near as bas as Jack but I can really sympathise with Pam as it's mentioned in the film that he's been exactly the same with all of Pam's ex-boyfriends.
One character that I thought was fantastic but extremely underused was the character of Dina Byrnes (Blythe Danner), Jack's wife. I think out of everyone she's the one you feel sorry for the most as she has to put up with Jack's manipulative and cunning ways yet still remains upbeat about everything. I think that she could have been used a lot more in the film as I really wanted to see more of her. Fortunately she featured in the sequel Meet The Fockers a lot more heavily which was nice to see. Another character that I would have liked to have seen more of was Owen Wilson as Pam's ex fiancé Kevin. I'm a big fan of Owen Wilson, I think he's effortlessly funny and his performance in this is no different. He doesn't even have many lines in the film yet he manages to make his character likeable when you'd think that Greg's main love rival would be a horrible character and he makes the character very funny.
One thing I really noticed was how a comedy about family was so inventive, I was expecting it to be good but not as good as it was. The ways that Greg got himself into trouble with the would-be in laws was brilliant. Then there was of course Jinx, Jack's beloved cat who is treated like a human. Jack taught him to use the toilet and he even has a part in the wedding as the ring bearer! Jinx, although merely a cat actually plays one of the crucial roles in the film as the premise of what's going to unravel in the film is (very funnily) all down to Jinx!
This is a fantastic comedy film and after seeing it at Christmas a year or two ago it's become one of my favourites and I've since purchased it on DVD. It's a film that I'd highly recommend to anyone, it's a brilliant film that all the family can sit down and enjoy. It's extremely relatable for many people and to put it simply... it's hilarious and you must watch it if you haven't already!
The special edition DVD is currently available from play.com for £2.99 which is a brilliant price for such a fantastic film that will have you in stitches on numerous occasions.
The special features include:
'De Niro Unplugged': a deleted scene of Robert De Niro singing 'Love Is In The Air' at the wedding
'Preparing To Meet The Fockers': the cast reveals the inside story of Greg and Pam's disaster-prone romance and the hilarious events leading up to the even more outrageous sequel!
'The Truth About Lying': a polygraph expert from the NBC series 'Meet My Folks' reveals the eye-opening truth about detecting deception
'Silly Cat Tricks' the film's animal wrangler reveals how she trained Jinx the cat for his on-screen antics and shows viewers how to teach their own felines some wild and crazy tricks
The special features are well worth a watch!
Meet the Parents was released in 2000 and directed by Jay Roach. Ben Stiller stars as Greg Focker, a male nurse, whose girlfriend, Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo) has the most controlling and difficult father, Jack Byrnes (De Niro).
The plot is basically that Greg wants to propose to Pam but needs, or maybe wants, Jack's permission to do so. The problem being that Jack is ex-CIA and not the nicest character. Greg is ridiculously clumsy and accident-prone and problems seem to occur with everything he does. It's a pretty funny comedy, mainly because of the great actors though. It is strange to see De Niro out of a gangster/mob role but I think his performance was excellent.
It has a slightly predictable, but enjoyable, ending and the Stiller-De Niro partnership works much better than I expected. It's not a film to be taken overly-serious even if it does have De Niro and it's definitely a good watch and even buy as you'll probably want to see it a couple of times.
It's difficult to criticise Meet the Parents because it really doesn't do anything wrong. There are some great lines, the performances are all impressive, it's not too long and it has a nice ending.
Meet the Parents is a comedy starring Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro. It was released in 2000 and was directed by Jay Roach who also directed the three Austin Powers film.
It tells the story of the appalling named Gaylord 'Greg' Focker (Stiller) who is about to propose to his girlfriend Pam (Teri Polo) when he finds out that when her sister got engaged, her fiance asked her father's permission first. Focker decides that he must do the same, and handily he and Pam have been invited to her parents' house for the weekend before Pam's wedding, so he plans to do it then. However, when the couple arrive, Focker gets off on the wrong foot with Pam's father Jack (DeNiro) who is an ex CIA agent and has very strict standards. He is so protective of his daughter that he subjects Focker to a lie detector test and background checks. Things go from bad to worse when Focker continues to accidentally do stupid acts such as setting fire to things, giving people black eyes and losing cherished pets. Will he ever be able to gain Jack's respect? Or will Pam decide that he is not worth all this trouble?
I didn't expect to like this movie much. I'm not a big Stiller fan as I generally find him annoying, and usually the sort of slapstick comedy and toilet humour that features in this film is not my kind of thing. But the whole film is pulled off with such charm that I couldn't help laughing along. There are some really amusing bits and also some cute parts.
The actors are all really good, even Stiller, and I found myself sympathising (and cringing) a lot with his character. DeNiro is brilliant and manages to be really unpleasant without completely alienating the audience. The movie also stars Owen Wilson who is very funny as Pam's ex boyfriend, and Blythe Danner who adds a calming presence to the film.
If I had to criticise this film I would say that there are some bits which are just so cringeworthy that it is difficult to watch! It is worth sitting through them though.
If you like this film then you may also enjoy the sequel, Meet the Fockers, where Pam and Greg's parents meet each other. Both films can be bought in a boxed set for just £4.98 from Amazon.co.uk which is really good value.
This is a good one. Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro work so well together in this movie, as a father in law and son in law to be.
The movie is basically about a woman taking her partner home to meet her parents for the very first time, which is always a nerve wracking time for anyone. But what makes this even more tricky is that Stiller isnt aware that his future father in law is an ex CIA and determined to make sure that his daughters man is the perfect law abiding he says he is.
There are many laughs to be had as De Niro makes Stillers life a misery during his stay and many antics which will have you cringing in your seat, glad that its not happening to you.
A great comedy movie in which all the actors just work so well together to make it such an enjoyable movie.
This movie was really very funny. It had me laughing at some point in each scene that was played. I don't think I have seen a movie yet with Ben Stiller in it that hasn't made me laugh. I love actors that are so consistent with the movies they choose to be in that you know the movie will be good just because that actor has chosen to be in it. This is definitely one of Ben Stillers classic roles that he does such a great job playing.
The story is about Ben Stiller's character named Greg Focker (I mean his name is even funny!!) who is a nurse, yes I said it a male nurse. Greg has found the love of his life named Pam Byrnes, played by Teri Polo. Greg and Pam are in a pretty serious relationship and they move their relationship to the next level when Pam invites Greg to come home with her to meet her parents. This is a big step in any relationship, so Greg is obviously a little nervous. This is such a monumental event that Greg decides this will be the perfect time to ask Pam to marry him.
However, Greg plans get put on hold when he meets Pam's father who does not seem to want to give Greg a chance. Pam's dad Jack, is played by Robert DeNiro, is an ex cop who shows an obvious hatred for Pam's new boyfriend. Jack seems determined to prove to Pam that Greg is not good enough for her. On this visit Greg is put through several tests and put in some very awkward situations that seem to make him look worse and worse in the eyes of Pam's parents and even Pam herself. Jack even puts Greg through a lie detector test, that is just how insane and determined Pam's father is to find something wrong with Greg.
This story is so hilarious because it shows the funny situations that Greg is put into while trying to impress Pam's family that is so very determined not to be impressed by Greg. This movie is hilarious, but I expected nothing less from the fantastic Ben Stiller.
Randy Newman's opening song, "A Fool in Love", perfectly sets up the scenario of Meet the Parents: "Show me a man who is gentle and kind and I'll show you a loser". Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is the fool in love. 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 feebly attempts to ingratiate himself with his prospective father-in-law rather than having the courage of his convictions. It doesn't take an elite member of the CIA to see right through Greg, but unfortunately that's precisely what Jack is. Directed by Jay Roach (the Austin Powers films), Meet the Parents is a well-crafted comedy that makes for a pleasant contrast to the sloppy excesses 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 humour, while De Niro's excels as the intimidating father. Blythe Danner as his wife, the Gracie to De Niro's George Burns, is the true heart of the film and Owen Wilson turns in yet another terrific comic performance as Pam's ex-fiancé. --Andy Spletzer, Amazon.com