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Meet the Parents (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 6 October 2000 (USA)
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Male nurse Greg Focker meets his girlfriend's parents before proposing, but her suspicious father is every date's worst nightmare.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Jack Byrnes
Ben Stiller ... Greg Focker
Teri Polo ... Pam Byrnes
Blythe Danner ... Dina Byrnes
Nicole DeHuff ... Deborah Byrnes
Jon Abrahams ... Denny Byrnes
Owen Wilson ... Kevin Rawley
James Rebhorn ... Dr. Larry Banks
Tom McCarthy ... Dr. Bob Banks (as Thomas McCarthy)
Phyllis George ... Linda Banks
Kali Rocha ... Atlantic American Flight Attendant
Bernie Sheredy ... Norm the Interrogator
Judah Friedlander ... Pharmacy Clerk
Peter Bartlett ... Animal Shelter Worker
John Elsen ... Chicago Airport Security
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Storyline

A Jewish male nurse plans to ask his live-in girl friend to marry him. However, he learns that her strict father expects to be asked for his daughter's hand before she can accept. Thus begins the visit from Hell as the two travel to meet Mom and Dad, who turns out to be former CIA with a lie detector in the basement. Coincidentally, a sister also has announced her wedding to a young doctor. Of course everything that can go wrong, does, including the disappearance of Dad's beloved Himalayan cat, Jinxie. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug references and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,623,300, 8 October 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$166,244,045, 29 March 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$330,444,045
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Jack first meets Greg and asks him if he chose the green car color, to which Greg answers no, Jack states that geniuses typically tend to pick green. If you look behind Jack, you will see the shutters of his house are green, implying that Jack either believes himself to be a genius, or he is one. His clothes are also an olive green in the scene. See more »

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Greg explains to Jack that "Magic Dragon" refers to smoking marijuana. In fact it refers to smoking opiates. Though he probably knew it and decided to lie to Jack, because he felt mentioning marijuana to him would be bad enough as it is. See more »

Quotes

Jack Byrnes: I'm a realist. I understand it's the 21st century and you've probably had premarital relations with my daughter. But under our roof, it's my way or the Long Island Expressway. Is that understood?
Greg Focker: Of course, yeah.
Jack Byrnes: Good. Keep your snake in it's cage for 72 hours.
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During the opening logos, the singers in the theme music are lyrically commenting "Look at the light coming out of the earth" during the Universal logo, and "Look at the boy sitting on the moon" during the Dreamworks logo. See more »

Alternate Versions

DVD version contains deleted scenes including an extended chase after the cat that goes into the crawlspace under the house in which Greg hears different members of the family talking about him. Also included is a scene in which itineraries for the wedding rehearsal are handed out but there are spelling mistakes such as eating at the 'surf-n-turd'. These mistakes are blamed on Greg. This also explains why Jack later yells out for everyone to get their revised itineraries. See more »


Soundtracks

A Fool in Love
Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman
Opening Title Performed by Randy Newman
End Title Duet Performed by Randy Newman and Susanna Hoffs and Produced by Mitchell Froom
Randy Newman appears courtesy of DreamWorks Records
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A Terrible Movie
20 August 2002 | by LauraH2477See all my reviews

This movie is almost painful to watch. You just feel sorry for Ben Stiller's character. He basically spends a couple days being tormented and humiliated by his girlfriend's family. There is no way anyone would put up with this crap in real life. I would have left the first night. He is intimidated and nervous around his girlfriend's father, and desperate for approval, so he screws up over and over, each time worse than the last. The father doesn't help matters, as he belittles and embarrasses the poor guy at every opportunity. (Sorry, I forget the characters names.) The girlfriend hardly does a damn thing to stick up for him. Then Dad's friends show up and join in on the fun. One scene in particular has them playing volleyball in the pool and they are ridiculing him for missing the ball. So then he overcompensates and ends up smashing his girlfriend's sister in the face with the ball. They all criticize him, telling him it's "just a game, Focker!" and act as if he meant to hurt the girl. Another is when he finally has enough and is leaving and the whole bunch stands on the porch and laughs at his given name, which we find out is Gaylord. The girlfriend says nothing, just letting the poor guy take another kick in the teeth after all the other humiliation he's been through for her sake. The entire family is totally unlikable, Focker is the only one I cared about, and that's only because I was forced to care by watching this poor guy get put through the ringer over and over. Then comes the contrived ending where everything is made good in about five minutes and he forgives all. If I were this guy, I would never speak to these psychos again. Sorry to run on so much, but this movie really affected me and I couldn't see how someone could laugh at this guy's misfortunes. Maybe it's just me...


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