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Meet the Parents movie reviews & Metacritic score: When a young woman (Teri Polo) takes her fiancee (Ben Stiller) home to meet her parents (Robert De Niro, B. .. Genre(s): Comedy, Romance. Rating: PG Runtime: min. Meet The Parents - Everything that could possibly go wrong for groom-to-be final message, but was not approved due to the R-rated content. Meet the Parents | | PG | - Ben Stiller stars as a prospective bridegroom who meets his fiancée's parents and everything that can go wrong does. Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films;.
Greg tries to pass off a random shelter cat for a lost family pet. Greg loses his cool on an airplane and gets removed.
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Lots of lying and sneaking around by Jack, who mistrusts everyone and spies on everyone. Violence Frequent comic peril and pratfalls. Greg's over-exuberance in water volleyball results in an injury to his girlfriend's sister, bloodying her nose and giving her a swollen-shut black eye.
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While trying to catch Jack's escaped cat, Greg starts a fire, causing destruction to the site where his girlfriend's sister's wedding was to be held. An overflowed septic tank's seepage into the yard results in a truck getting stuck and spraying fecal matter on the characters with its tires. Jack and Greg engage in reckless high-speed driving in one scene.
Sex After Greg loses his suitcase by the airline, he is given the wrong suitcase; Jack pries it open and discovers a variety of sex toys. While trying to initiate sex, Greg uses a pet name for his penis as he begins to fondle the breasts of his girlfriend. Greg inadvertently positions a nanny-cam so it's looking up the skirt of his girlfriend's mother. The foundation for any great comedy must, first and foremost, be its ability to connect with its audience on a personal level.
The comedy arises from seeing the chain of ever more preposterous events and circumstances that come along to sabotage his efforts. Greg is a goodhearted, well-meaning nebbish who wants nothing more out of life than to marry Pam, the girl he loves.
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First, however, he must climb over the rather formidable barrier of her eccentric father, Jack Byrnes, played to perfection by Robert De Niro, who certainly has his own offbeat way of looking at the world. The triumph of this film is that it never overdoes anything.
The people in Pam's family and in their coterie of friends are all twisted it's true, but twisted in sly, subtle ways that knock both Greg and us slightly off our balance.
Like Greg, we never quite know where these people are coming from and this greatly enhances the comedic quality of the film. Tone is everything in comedy and here the tone is just right.
Byrnes can seem at one moment to be a reasonable loving father, then turn immediately around and make the most unbalanced comments about the most trivial matters. Even when the movie is at its most outrageous in terms of plot complications and slapstick, it never veers off the scale into incredibility.
Part of the reason is that we feel so much empathy for Greg, the best Everyman character I have seen in a movie in a long time.
Ben Stiller gives a beautifully understated comic performance in the main role. Greg's completely understandable feelings of nervousness, intimidation and growing frustration help to keep the film anchored in reality, even as the story threatens to spiral off into undisciplined absurdity. Luckily, the filmmakers never let this happen.
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They are also blessed with the genius of Mr. De Niro, who never makes a false move as the seemingly crazy ex-CIA agent who may or may not be harboring a few secrets of his own. For crazy and maddening as he can be at times, we can't help loving this character. Finally, unlike in many other romantic dramas and comedies, the relationship between the young couple in this film is both believable and touching.
Greg and Pam are so likable - and the odds against them seem so staggering - that we find ourselves rooting them on from first moment to last.