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Meet the Parents

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Original title
Meet the Parents
Running time
108 min.
United States United States
Jim Herzfeld, John Hamburg (Story: Greg Glienna, Mary Ruth Clarke)
Randy Newman
Peter James
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Universal Pictures / DreamWorks SKG
Comedy | Family Relationships. Remake
Movie Groups
Meet the Fockers Saga
Synopsis / Plot
Male nurse Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is poised to propose to his girlfriend Pam (Teri Polo) during a weekend stay at her parents' home. But here's the catch…he needs to ask her father first. Alas, the fur flies as Jack Byrnes, Pam's cat-crazy, ex-CIA father, played hysterically by Academy Award winner Robert DeNiro, takes an immediate dislike to her less-than truthful beau. Greg's quest for approval gets seriously sidetracked as Murphy's Law takes over and a hilarious string of mishaps turns him into a master of disaster and total pariah in the eyes of the entire family…all except for his shell-shocked girlfriend, who can't believe she still loves her one-man wrecking crew.
2000: Nominated for Oscar: Best Original Song
2000: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Actor Comedy or Musical (Robert of Niro)
Critics' reviews
  • "Likable (...) The comedy might have been a bit sharper and less of a one-joke setup if Greg were a little less openly derided (...) This is a high-concept comedy, though, and none of the jokes are forced, which makes 'Meet the Parents' a singular achievement."
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