• Publication date: June 1, 2011

First comes love. Then comes the interrogation. Meet The Parents: A son-in-law�s worst nightmare

Jay Roach, the man behind the Austin Powers series of films delivers another laugh filled comedy with �Meet the Parents� (2000), the story of a man striving to earn the respect of his girlfriend�s intense father and win her hand in marriage.

Jay Roach, the man behind the Austin Powers series of films delivers another laugh filled comedy with �Meet the Parents� (2000), the story of a man striving to earn the respect of his girlfriend�s intense father and win her hand in marriage.

Ben Stiller portrays Greg Focker, a male nurse who has fallen in love with a Chicago schoolteacher named Pam Byrnes. After a long period of dating Greg believes that the time has come to propose to Pam.

However things hit a snag when Greg realizes that he must request her father�s permission before even attempting a proposal. Ordinarily that would be no big deal, but Pam�s father isn�t an ordinary man.

Legendary actor Robert Deniro depicts Pam�s father, Jack � a former CIA operative who employs his rigorous interrogation tactics on each of his daughter�s prospective husbands. So far no man has been capable of passing Jack�s rough and incredibly thorough examinations � that happen to include a lie detector test.

Greg is a well-meaning man but he manages to foul up at the worst possible moments; his visit with the Byrnes is no exception. For starters, Greg presents his potential father in law with a cut-rate bottle of champagne as a gift.

Unfortunately while opening it the cork flies across the room and knocks over Jack�s urn containing his mother�s ashes. Could it get any worse? You bet. As if his mother�s remains lying on the floor was not bad enough, Jack�s beloved cat manages to relive himself on top of them.

So Greg is off to a bad start, but � it was an honest mistake and there�s plenty of time for him to redeem himself. The problem is � Greg does not operate well under stress, and in this case Jack is heavily intimidating. During dinner Jack pokes fun at Greg�s nursing career and insinuates that it�s not the most masculine job. More importantly, the patriarch wonders why Greg did not become a doctor as he originally intended; naturally, the implication is that he wasn�t up to par.

�Meet the Parents� was filmed under a $55 million budget and managed to earn an impressive $330 million worldwide and spawned a sequel, �Meet the Fockers� (2004). Audiences and critics alike tended to praise the film, only with a few exceptions.

It was awarded a People�s Choice Award, an MTV Movie Award, and was nominated for both a Golden Globe and Academy award.

The film is rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug references and language.

Year: 2000

Runtime: 108 mins

Genre: Comedy

Starring:

Robert De Niro

Ben Stiller

Owen Wilson

Teri Polo

Blythe Danner

James Rebhorn

Jon Abrahams

Thomas McCarthy

Phyllis George

Nicole DeHuff

Directed by: Jay Roach