Thursday, September 18, 2014

Meet the Parents (2000)

Robert De Niro Film Fest Movie #3 

Synopsis: It’s basically an-hour-and-48-minutes of Ben Stiller getting physically and emotionally abused as he lurches from one awkward scene to another. 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Male nurse Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is poised to propose to his girlfriend (Teri Polo) during a weekend stay at her parents’ home. But here’s the catch… he needs to ask her father first. Alas, the fur flies as Jack Byrnes, Pam’s cat-crazy, ex-CIA father, played hysterically by Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, takes an immediate dislike to her less-than-truthful beau.” 

What Did I Learn?: It’s a really bad idea to say the word “bomb” on an airplane. 

Really?: Hold on – Pam and Greg have lived together for how long (a year? Maybe longer), and her parents have never once visited her, or called the apartment and spoken to Greg? That’s a little difficult to believe… or that Pam and Greg wouldn’t stay at a hotel once it’s made clear they can’t sleep together in the Byrnes house. 

Rating: The “Synopsis” says it all. Meet the Parents has a few amusing moments (I quite enjoyed the scene near the end when Stiller finally loses it and gets hauled off by airport security), but I have to admit that I didn’t find it to be all that funny. 5.5/10 stars.

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