Meet the Parents
Meet the Parents

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A Jewish male nurse plans to ask his live-in girl friend to marry him. However, he learns that her strict father expects to be asked for his daughter's hand before she can accept. Thus begins the visit from Hell as the two travel to meet Mom and Dad, who turns out to be former CIA with a lie detector in the basement. Coincidentally, a sister also has announced her wedding to a young doctor. Of course everything that can go wrong, does, including the disappearance of Dad's bel... (Full plot summary below)

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A Jewish male nurse plans to ask his live-in girl friend to marry him. However, he learns that her strict father expects to be asked for his daughter's hand before she can accept. Thus begins the visit from Hell as the two travel to meet Mom and Dad, who turns out to be former CIA with a lie detector in the basement. Coincidentally, a sister also has announced her wedding to a young doctor. Of course everything that can go wrong, does, including the disappearance of Dad's beloved Himalayan cat, Jinxie. Written by John Sacksteder <[email protected]

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Bullz-Eye.com - 9/10 by Jamey Codding A definite must-see that's perfect for a guys' night out or a relaxing date.
Los Angeles Times - 9/10 by Kenneth Turan This buoyant, giddy comedy of catastrophe is the funniest film of the year so far, possibly the most amusing mainstream live-action comedy since "There's Something About Mary."
Variety - 9/10 by Todd McCarthy A flat-out hilarious mainstream comedy.
Christian Science Monitor - 9/10 by David Sterritt Many belly laughs.
New York Daily News - 8/10 by Jami Bernard What makes it work so well is superb chemistry and a light touch. The spray-painted cat scene doesn't hurt, either.
Chicago Sun-Times - 8/10 by Roger Ebert Directed by Jay Roach, who made the "Austin Powers" movies and here shows he can dial down from farce into a comedy of (bad) manners. His movie is funnier because it never tries too hard.
USA Today - 8/10 by Susan Wloszczyna With near-Swiss precision, director/producer Jay Roach and his writers make sure familiarity breeds hilarity.
Big Picture Big Sound - 8/10 by Joe Lozito Director Jay Roach of the Austin Powers films keeps the pace brisk, and the script by Jim Herzfeld and John Hamburg ably piles the pratfalls ludicrously high.
Entertainment Weekly - 8/10 by Lisa Schwarzbaum It's a bouncy, loose limbed, ''families do the darnedest things'' sitcom that elicits ungrudging laughs.
Miami Herald - 8/10 by Rene Rodriguez Calling a comedy old-fashioned nowadays might seem like a backhanded compliment, but that's precisely what this genial, funny movie is.
San Francisco Chronicle - 8/10 by Bob Graham It's a kind of "sex, lies and videotape'' in suburbia.
Salon.com - 8/10 by Stephanie Zacharek De Niro's performance works because it isn't exactly likable -- he's totally at ease with his own jokes, but he's not out to make us feel relaxed.

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