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Meet the Parents
In this comedy from Austin Powers director Jay Roach, Ben Stiller plays a young man who endures a disastrous weekend at the home of his girlfriend's parents. Greg Focker (Stiller) is completely in love with Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo), and views their upcoming trip to her parents' house on Long Island (where her sister is to be married during the weekend) as a perfect opportunity to ask her to marry him. Once Greg is introduced to Pam's parents, however, things stampede steadily downhill. Pam's father, Jack (Robert De Niro), takes an instant and obvious dislike to his daughter's… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

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"Scenes that should have been uproarious are weaker than many of the movie's smaller moments, whose everyday humor isn't specific to the plot or characters."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"When the script puts its faith in the audience, allowing us to find the laughs on our own, the film is irresistible, a bright lark. Yet when the writers panic, upping the antic volume and shifting into crazed sitcom gear, the lark stops."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Star-driven comedy at times offensive and funny."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Nobody plays put-upon quite like Ben Stiller."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Director Jay Roach of the Austin Powers films keeps the pace brisk, and the script by Jim Herzfeld and John Hamburg ably piles the pratfalls ludicrously high."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Alas, poor Focker. He can't help himself. And we can't help ourselves from falling about, equally helpless, at this superbly antic movie."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"A hilarious hodgepodge of The In-Laws and Annie Hall, in which De Niro gives his best comic performance to date."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...large swaths of the proceedings feel as though they'd be more at home within a garden-variety sitcom."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Packed with cringe-worthy moments from beginning to end, Jay Roach's comedy is for anyone who has ever endured a weekend in the company of potential in-laws."
‑ , Film4
"Stiller portrays a human accident better than anyone and he definitely knows how to extort laughs and sympathy from his audience"
‑ Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com
"Astutely observed, subtly played and consistently hilarious..."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"This fall's pleasant surprise."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"What gives the film its special kick is the match of Stiller and De Niro."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Owes about 55 percent of its charm to De Niro, who can be hilarious just sitting there."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Contains enough belly-laughs and sly jokes to become one of the bigger crowd-pleasers of the fall."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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