Meet the Parents

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Crass comedy has lots of sex, profanity, drugs.

PG-13 2000 108 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 40 reviews

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age 17+

Woefully unpleasant and unfunny - The absolute nadir of comedy

Meet the Parents is a mean-spirited, loud and utterly witless waste of life. Robert De Niro's character in these movies might be the single most despicable character in any form of media in the 21st century, and yes, that includes things like the Grand Theft Auto games and Quentin Tarantino's films; those people are horrible but at least they are interesting in one form or another. Apparently there are jokes throughout this movie but honestly I couldn't even tell you where more than 2 of these "jokes" are. Usually I can tell when a movie fails to make me laugh but this movie is just people screaming hatred at Ben Stiller's character (the audience POV) for stuff he didn't do, and we're supposed to find that amusing. This is literally just 90 minutes of "Yes you DID!" "No I didn't!!" argument where EVERYONE says "No, we believe that you DID!" It's just one immensely frustrating situation after another and there is literally nothing else to this whole movie with the exception of the first 2-3 minutes, and the final 2-3 minutes. I literally cannot think of a single more painful movie viewing experience I have ever had to endure (having to watch this on a bus when I was too wired to fall asleep - and I was kinda starting to consider jumping out the emergency exit as that felt like a more enjoyable use of my time). It's aggressive, aggravating and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone of any age, ever. I would rather be mugged and beaten than be forced to watch a minute of this absolutely godawful movie again.
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age 14+

Pretty epic car chase...

I thought the film was moderately funny, with some pretty good scenes...that small town car chase scene is epic! But for the most part I did not enjoy it very much because I could not relate to Stiller's character and found DeNiro's character more interesting. When Stiller really lost me was in his airplane scene, but perhaps because I watched it post-COVID where being rude on an airplane to the staff does not seem funny at all. The scene has aged very poorly.

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