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Movie Suggestion #34: Meet the Parents (2000)

Robert De Niro | Ben Stiller

Meet the Parents (2000)

Available on: Netflix

Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes

One word review: Chortling!


Did you know?

Robert De Niro was cast into the role in Meet the Parents after his impressive performance in Analyze This.

Meet the Parents is a comedy film starring Hollywood superstars Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller in the lead roles. The movie is an out-and-out entertainer that leaves you laughing out loud.

Favorite lines:

Well, they say geniuses pick green. But you didn't pick it.

The story is simple and graphed with slapstick comedy. The whole movie is presented as a series of misfortunate events aligned across the path of the protagonist's want which leaves us giggling even though we are sympathetic towards him. There are scenes which are predictable and there are scenes which leaves you completely surprised but almost all the scenes are filled with intelligent comical elements.

I mean, they'd have to be, right? To name their son Gaylord Focker?

Ben Stiller is stoic in his nonchalant role enduring the unassailable misfortunes occurring consistently. We feel sorry for his misfortunes but can't help chuckling over them. And Robert De Niro's role is contrasted with expressive demeanor and hilarious facial expressions. This is the first film in which I have seen him sporting a comical role and to my surprise I found it incredibly amusing. I would certainly watch it once more just for the facial expression of Robert De Niro.

Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb. You gonna arrest me? Bomb bomb bomb bomb. During the war I was a BOMBadier.

Meet the Parents is an entertaining family film that ensures you have an outright laughter therapy throughout the picture. Upon it's release the film was a huge success and paved way for two sequels namely: Meet the Fockers (2004) and Little Fockers (2010), both of which were commercially hit movies. Well, I'm geared up to watch them next.

Verdict: An Absurd but Satisfying Laughter!

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