Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 2000. Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Nancy Tenenbaum Films, Tribeca Productions. Story by Greg Glienna, Mary Ruth Clarke, Screenplay by Jim Herzfeld, John Hamburg, based on a 1992 screenplay by Greg Glienna, Mary Ruth Clarke. Cinematography by Peter James. Produced by Robert De Niro, Jay Roach, Jane Rosenthal, Nancy Tenenbaum. Music by Randy Newman. Production Design by Rusty Smith. Costume Design by Daniel Orlandi. Film Editing by Greg Hayden, Jon Poll. Academy Awards 2000. Golden Globe Awards 2000.
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.