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Meet the Parents
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Starring: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Universal Pictures / Dreamworks Pictures
Web Site: www.meettheparents.com
Kiddie Movie: Not too young.
Date Movie: Bring her along - it's a fun movie.
Gratuitous Sex: You can almost see down Pam's nightgown, and some boob touching.
Gratuitous Violence: The funny kind, mostly mishaps.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: Lots of them throughout the movie.
Memorable Scene: Greg waiting to get back on a plane to Chicago, and when Greg opens the champagne bottle.
Memorable Quote: The opening song line "Show me a man who's gentle and kind and I'll show you a loser" and Jack asking Greg "Are you a pothead, Focker?"
Directed By: Jay Roach
Produced By: Nancy Tenebaum, Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro

Meet the Parents
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:48 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Youíve found the perfect girl, maybe the one, maybe not the one, but in any case sheís a great girl. You like her, she likes you, but there is one thing in the way of taking this relationship to the next level. No, Iím not talking about sex, youíve already gotten that taken care of, Iím talking about turning this relationship into something really serious, maybe that lifelong commitment only to end with her getting half of your stuff. That one thing in the way is meeting her parents. You want to impress them, want them to like you because you know that if they like you, well, thereís no stopping your commitment of love and you can get married. "Meet the Parents" tells this story, alright, maybe slightly exaggerated, but it is a hilarious look at this most awkward of times.

"Meet the Parents" tells the love story of Greg (Ben Stiller) and Pam (Teri Polo). Greg is ready to propose until he learns that her parents are a little old fashioned, namely itís proper to ask dad if he can marry his daughter before popping the question. So Greg puts off the proposal until he can do the right thing, ask dad for his blessing, and he intends to do this when he meets the parents the weekend of his dudetteís sisterís wedding. Gregís impending problem is that dad, Jack (Robert De Niro), is a little more than old fashioned, Jack is an ex-CIA dude although Greg doesnít know it yet. And Greg is in for a weekend of bad decision after bad decision, starting with being able to carry on his luggage at the airport.

From there Greg canít win. From hating cats to just always trying to impress Jack, Greg loses on every front. He loses the family cat and sets the back yard on fire, among other mishaps. It just isnít Jackís weekend, and his relationship is falling apart as well as Greg becomes jealous of Pamís old boyfriend, Kevin (Owen Wilson) who can carve an ornate alter from a giant piece of wood in about 70 hours. Greg finally loses the battle to win over dad, especially when he brings in a cat imposter for the one he lost, and he makes his way back to Chicago. No, the movie doesnít end there, the ending is cute and kind of what you would expect.

"Meet the Parents" is just a hilarious movie, blowing the entire meeting the parents thing so out of proportion that it is funny yet may bring back those memories of when you had to meet her, or his, parents. Robert De Niro shows that he can be one of the great comic actors, and Ben Stiller is so fantastic in his role as Greg that this movie couldnít lose. I laughed my ass off, well, I wish, my ass is still there, but it was really funny.

Letís leave things at that or else I might give away too many things. "Meet the Parents" is just one of those movies to enjoy. I give it 4 Ĺ stars out of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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