Meet the Parents
Meet the Parents (2000)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 6, 2000
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

Bob Thomas
Associated Press

Meet the Parents isn't as funny as There's Something About Mary, nor as outrageous. But it confirms that Ben Stiller is the best of today's young practitioners of frustration comedy.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Alas, poor Focker. He can't help himself. And we can't help ourselves from falling about, equally helpless, at this superbly antic movie.

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Michael Kleinschrodt

Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller seem evenly matched, making effective foils.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

Scenes that should have been uproarious are weaker than many of the movie's smaller moments, whose everyday humor isn't specific to the plot or characters.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Astutely observed, subtly played and consistently hilarious...

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...large swaths of the proceedings feel as though they'd be more at home within a garden-variety sitcom.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Star-driven comedy at times offensive and funny.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

When the script puts its faith in the audience, allowing us to find the laughs on our own, the film is irresistible, a bright lark. Yet when the writers panic, upping the antic volume and shifting into crazed sitcom gear, the lark stops.

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Michael Dequina

What gives the film its special kick is the match of Stiller and De Niro.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Dean King
A cool funny film as Ben Stiller has to win over his girlfriends parents. Some very funny scenes with De Niro as the protective father.
Candy Rose
Very funny movie about a guy who meets his girlfriend's parents for the first time. Her dad is suspicious of him. Love Robert's character. Owen is… More
Anonymous User
Uses very quiet like performances with hilarious outcomes. A different comedy that stands out amongst the toilet-slapstick-fart-joke movies that are coming out… More
Scott Green
This being the first installment it was actually funny, had some good gags and was worth watching, but I felt that some adjustments could have been made,… More
Directors Cat
I wish some of the slapstick gags were funnier than they were but there's no denying that as a whole, the movie was funny. DeNiro and Ben Stiller were… More
familiar stranger
A typical rom-com that's slightly ill-balanced between romance and comedy. Robert De Niro's performance seemed terribly odd to me. Thankfully, I… More