Conner’s Movie Corner: Meet the Parents (2000)

By Conner Wight

Published on Sunday, June 22, 2014

DIRECTOR – Jay Roach

CAST – Ben Stiller, Robert DeNiro, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner, Owen Wilson

This star-studded film tells the story of a male nurse named Gaylord “Greg” Focker (Ben Stiller) trying to make a good impression on his girlfriend’s (Teri Polo) parents so he can ask their permission before he pops the question. A lot of things happen, almost all of which can not be controlled by Focker, and the father (Robert DeNiro) treats him very poorly for it.

I’m not quite sure what to think of this movie. First off, it is a well-done film. The acting was good, the filming and picture was good, the plot was pretty good and so on. But there was something about this film that just really frustrated me. A lot of things went wrong for our main character, including but not limited to accidentally breaking the nose of his girlfriend’s sister and accidentally losing the family cat. Both of these sound bad, but trust me when I say they really weren’t his fault. What angered me about this film was how the family treated him for it. Not to mention the fact he becomes kind of an outsider when he meets all the family and friends and really just becomes a target, which for some reason just got under my skin. I’m not sure whether this is good or bad. The emotion I had while watching the film was 90% negative, save 5% for both the very start and very end. But, did the director intend to draw these EXACT emotions out of people? If this is the case, he clearly did a stellar job of it.

Now, this movie is meant to be a comedy. Only problem is, I didn’t really find it too funny. If the director’s mindset was to make us find humor in Greg’s unfortunate mishaps, I believe he failed highly. The trick to rating this movie is to determine whether the director wants us to feel bad and angry for or for us to laugh at Greg. It’s score would be pretty high if the intent was for us to feel bad and angry, because the director does it fantastically. However, this movie is listed as a COMEDY, meaning the director wanted us to LAUGH and these misfortunes. For that, I have to give this movie a lower score because it really wasn’t funny at all.

All in all, I can’t say I recommend this movie unless you feel like feeling frustrated for a guy who is just trying to make a good impression on his girlfriend’s parents.


~Conner Wight

The Good

+ Director draws strong emotions out of viewers.

+ Great cast who do a great job.

The Bad

- For a comedy, it really is not funny.

- Very frustrating movie.


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