MEET THE PARENTS stars Ben Stiller as the unfortunately named Greg Focker, a neurotic nurse intent on marrying his girlfriend, Pam (Teri Polo). But when the couple visits Pam's family home for her sister's wedding, he must first win the approval of her father, Jack (Robert De Niro), a protective ex-CIA agent. Before long, the awkward Greg and the suspicious Jack go head-to-head, resulting in hilarious scenes that feature a lie detector test, a suburban car chase, a toilet-trained cat, and a mean game of water volleyball. As the misunderstandings and mistakes reach an almost nightmarish peak, it seems as though Greg may never win over Pam's unflinching guardian.
Featuring the inspired pairing of Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller (and an excellent appearance by Owen Wilson), director Jay Roach's clever comedy exemplifies every man's worst fears about courtship. When things for Stiller's character get bad, they just continue to get worse, culminating in a ridiculously funny airport scene. In the tradition of ANNIE HALL and FLIRTING WITH DISASTER, MEET THE PARENTS is an intelligent yet slapstick comedy about the eccentricities of the American family.
Rusty Smith - Production Designer, MEET THE PARENTS (2000)
Jon Abrahams - Actor/"Outside Providence"
Jim Herzfeld - Screenwriter
Phyllis George - MEET THE PARENTS
Randy Newman - American composer/singer/songwriter
Owen Wilson - Actor, screenwriter, THE WEDDING CRASHERS, MEET THE PARENTS
Owen C. Wilson - Actor, screenwriter, THE WEDDING CRASHERS, MEET THE PARENTS
Blythe Danner - American film, stage, television actress
Nancy Tenenbaum - Producer
Jay Roach - Director/ AUSTIN POWERS, MEET THE PARENTS
M. Jay Roach - Director/ AUSTIN POWERS, MEET THE PARENTS
Daniel Orlandi - Costume Designer, MEET THE PARENTS (2000)
Nicole DeHuff - MEET THE PARENTS
James Rebhorn - Supporting Actor
Peter James - Director of Photography, MEET THE PARENTS (2000)
Jon Poll - Editor, MEET THE PARENTS (2000)
Ben Stiller - American director/actor, MEET THE PARENTS (2000)
Robert De Niro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
Robert DeNiro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
Teri Polo - American Actress
Thomas McCarthy - 30 DAYS
Theatrical release: October 6, 2000. This is a remake of the 1993 comedy of the same title. This new version was so successful that a sequel is in the works. MEET THE PARENTS was originally intended to star Jim Carrey. Once the role shifted to Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro signed on, Jim Herzfeld and John Hamburg's script was rewritten with the assistance of Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, who cowrote ELECTION. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson previously starred together in PERMANENT MIDNIGHT. Wilson also appeared in THE CABLE GUY, which was directed by Stiller. Writer Jerry Stahl, whom Ben Stiller portrayed in PERMANENT MIDNIGHT, suggested that Stiller's character be employed as a nurse. Ben Stiller was largely responsible for coming up with the start-and-stop suburban car chase scene. Blythe Danner is Gwyneth Paltrow's mother. Robert De Niro signed on for his role without reading the script because he had faith in the director. Robert De Niro was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture--Musical or Comedy. MEET THE PARENTS won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Motion Picture of 2000.
"...MEET THE PARENTS presents Mr. De Niro as any man's worst nightmare....A singular achievement." - 10/06/2000 New York Times, p.E10
"...[The filmmakers] cast the perfect foils [Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller]....One can only say amen to the comedy gods for Stiller's desperate stab at saying grace..." -- 3 out of 4 stars - 10/06/2000 USA Today, p.2E
"...The casting is inspired, leading with [Stiller]....It goes down like a flute of Champagne, leaving an aftertaste of giggles..." -- Rating: B+ - 10/06/2000 Entertainment Weekly, pp.51-2
"...Painfully funny and funnily painful, MEET THE PARENTS is top drawer, grown-up comedy. A date movie with teeth..." - 01/01/2000 Total Film, p.86-7
"...A well-executed mainstream comedy....[With] an acute, insightful commentary..." - 01/01/2001 Sight and Sound, p.54-5
"...De Niro gives his best comic performance to date....Owen Wilson is a merry standout..." - 10/26/2000 Rolling Stone, p.121
"...This buoyant, giddy comedy of catastrophe is the funniest film of the year so far....MEET THE PARENTS is finely cast and always outrageous..." - 10/06/2000 Los Angeles Times, p.C1
"...Ben Stiller has a good line in embarrassment and chagrin. His chiseled face looks so earnest, so willing to please, and turn incredulous as the world conspires against him..." - 10/06/2000 Chicago Sun-Times, p.39