Meet The Parents (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 2000.  Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Nancy Tenenbaum Films, Tribeca Productions.  Story by , , Screenplay by , , based on a 1992 screenplay by Greg Glienna, Mary Ruth Clarke.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Charming little romance about a quirky nurse () 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.   is lovely as the girl’s mother, and  is appropriately luminous as the lucky young lady. Features a hilarious cameo by as a millionaire who does carpentry on the side to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Original Song (“A Fool In Love”)

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Robert De Niro)

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