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Meet the Parents


Male nurse Greg Focker is all set to propose to his girlfriend, Pam, during a weekend at her parents' home. But there's a catch...he needs to ask her father first.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
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3 out of 5
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Star-driven comedy at times offensive and funny.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language, especially in reference to Greg's unfortunate last name; drug use, plus cigarette smoking by the main character; a few sexual references and situations; and potty humor -- a septic tank backs up on the lawn, for starters. There's plenty of lying, spying, and sneaking around by the main characters that they eventually all need to own up to -- like when Greg loses the cat and tries to replace him with a lookalike from the local shelter.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the kind of laughs this comedy goes for. Is the humiliation of these characters funny? How does their dishonesty keep them from getting along? Why does Greg's stressed-out nature make him more susceptible to laughs at his expense? Does it bother you that Pam doesn't stand up to her father more? Is she contributing in some way to Greg's misery?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: This fall's pleasant surprise.

- Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Rotten: Nobody plays put-upon quite like Ben Stiller.

- David N. Butterworth,, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fresh: Astutely observed, subtly played and consistently hilarious...

- Derek Adams, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Audience Reviews

1 star

Not the best comedy

- TheCuckooBird, Monday, August 9, 2010

4 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

3 stars

Flixter Deletion no. _, Robert De Niro's last good movie of the new millenium, look at the resume. Showtime, Analyze That, Shark Tale, City by The Sea, Hide and Seek, Godsend, Everybody's Fine, The Good Shepherd, Meet The Fockers, Stardust, Righteous Kill, 15 Minutes, and The Score. The Score wasn't bad but it wasn't great. De Niro fell hard.

- Chiefilms, Monday, March 15, 2010