Meet the Parents

  • 12
  • Jay Roach (2000)
  • US
  • 103 min
Meet the Parents
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller. Male nurse Greg Focker wants to propose to his girlfriend Pam, but decides to ask the permission of her old-fashioned father, Jack, a former CIA agent. Greg plans to do this while visiting for Pam's sister's wedding, but Jack's overprotectiveness spells trouble for the accident-prone nurse.

Cast and 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
Bob Banks
Thomas McCarthy


Jay Roach

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 15 Dec 2000
Certificate 12