There comes a time in a man's life when everything seems to be going accordingly...you get that big promotion at work, you meet the woman of your dreams and you're finally ready to pop the big question...you buy the ring, have the kids in her daycare spell out "will you marry me" only to be interrupted by a phone call from her sister who just got engaged to Dr. Bob...but all isn't a total loss...you've just learnt that asking daddy's permission to marry his daughter is a step that is important in this family's circle...so it's time to meet the parents.
The moment Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) arrives at the airport everything goes wrong...he is forced to check his luggage, he bought a rare flower to give to her parents, and he's a smoker. All minor issues until we meet Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) who plays the scrutinizing, over-protective father perfectly. Trying to win the approval of daddy, Greg relies on a few innocent white lies to aid him in earning the hand of the woman he loves...only to find out that daddy is an ex CIA agent trained in lie detection. The way these two actors play off each other is nothing short of hilarious. Every event in the movie goes awry for Focker and the lies he weaves to try and spin the situation into a positive light are classic.
For instance: The toilet in the guest bedroom sticks and can't be flushed...one night Greg forgets the warning and flushes the toilet...the next day the backyard is filled with run-off from an over-flowed septic tank...Greg then proceeds to blame the cat, Jinxie, saying the cat must have flushed the toilet. How can the cat flush the toilet when it doesn't have thumbs? The entire movie goes back and forth like this producing one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time. With few swear words and even less innuendos, Meet The Parents is a fun family comedy that most will enjoy.
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