(out of 5)
Charming little romance about a quirky nurse (Ben Stiller) who is brought to his girlfriend’s up-state, upper-class, uptight house in New England to meet her parents. Things seem fine at first, but Stiller realizes very quickly that the menacing father of the house (Robert De Niro) is after his hide. While the set-up is hysterical, it eventually grows wearing as we start to wonder just why Stiller is putting up with so much humiliation to impress this family: they might be the brood of his intended wife, but their eccentricity verges on the downright inhospitable and Stiller’s begging for their approval starts to get taxing. Blythe Danner is lovely as the girl’s mother, and Teri Polo is appropriately luminous as the lucky young lady. Features a hilarious cameo by Owen Wilson as a millionaire who does carpentry on the side to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Nancy Tenenbaum Films, Tribeca Productions
Directed by Jay Roach
Cinematography by Peter James
Music by Randy Newman
Production Design by Rusty Smith
Costume Design by Daniel Orlandi