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Meet the parents - Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Jay Roach

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

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He finally met the girl of his dreams. Too bad her dad's a nightmare.

This is the story of what happens when Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo) takes her fiancé Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) home to meet her parents (Blythe Danner as Dina Byrnes and Robert De Niro as Jack)... who instantly hate the guy; and every possible thing that could go wrong does.

Remake of the 1992 film of the same title, starring Emo Phillips.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film comedy romance boyfriend girlfriend's parents first meeting wedding

Persons of interest

  • Robert De Niro .... Jack Byrnes
  • Ben Stiller .... Gaylord "Greg" M 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
  • Thomas McCarthy .... Dr Bob Banks
  • Phyllis George .... Linda Banks
  • Greg Glienna .... Creator
  • Mary Ruth Clarke .... Creator
  • James Herzfeld .... Screenwriter
  • John Hamburg .... Screenwriter
  • Jay Roach .... Director

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Theatrical report

Funny. Funny, funny, funny.

Meet the parents is a head-shakingly funny film that will have you in stitches. Even the really bad gags are funny. The toilet humour is funny. The painful humour, incarnate in Robert's hard ass, ex-FBI father and Owen's over-rich dork, is funny. The snobbery is funny. The cat is funny. There's not an unfunny part to this movie.

Ben is the perfect guy to play Greg. He's cute enough to be attractive and intelligent enough to be real but has a wonderful airhead quality where you can actually see the smoke rising from his ears when he tries to think. His timing is spot on and his physical stuff is full of energy. He's a damned funny guy. Robert throws away all the tough guy Mafioso stuff and keeps all the tough guy Mafioso sensitivity. There's not a moment goes by where you can't see his love for and devotion to those around him. Not! Talk about a straight man, Jack is about as flexible as a dead horse with a telephone pole up its bum.

If you want to see a really funny film to take your mind off Christmas then Meet the parents is the one. A good time is guaranteed to everyone who goes to see it.

Security censorship classification

M (Low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

108 minutes (1:48 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Undated October 2001

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