Meet the Parents

Meet the Parents

Jay Roach (2000)

12 Certificate


Our Score
In this smash-hit comedy, a girl (Teri Polo) takes her potential groom (Ben Stiller) home to meet her parents (Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner). In the course of the weekend, he loses the cat, floods the garden and has his various weaknesses painfully exposed by her father, a former CIA operative. Given the set-up, this film from Austin Powers director Jay Roach could have been predictable and cliché-ridden, but the sheer class of the cast elevates it into something really special. Stiller gives the unfortunate beau humanity and realism; De Niro's gravitas makes "dad" an intimidating presence; and Blythe Danner is a suitably quirky prospect as the mother-in-law; though arguably it's the cat that steals the show. Ridiculously funny and somehow rather endearing, this is just the kind of fare to make the prospect of your own family festivities seem far less formidable.


A male nurse delays proposing to his girlfriend until he has won the approval of her strict father, a former CIA agent who does not suffer fools gladly, and vows to be on his best behaviour during a visit to her family home. However, his efforts to impress soon collapse into a catalogue of disasters. Comedy, starring Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner and Owen Wilson.

Cast & Crew

Jack Byrnes Robert De Niro
Greg Focker Ben Stiller
Pam Byrnes Teri Polo
Dina Byrnes Blythe Danner
Kevin Rawley Owen Wilson
Debbie Byrnes Nicole DeHuff
Denny Byrnes Jon Abrahams
Larry Banks James Rebhorn
Director Jay Roach
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Dec 2000