Parents' Guide to

Meet the Parents

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Crass comedy has lots of sex, profanity, drugs.

Movie PG-13 2000 108 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 16 parent reviews

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.
age 12+

Love it

I loved it it was so funny!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (37 ):

Depending on your sense of humor, this movie is either hilarious or agonizing or both. Written by the screenwriter of the awful Meet the Deedles (who will we meet next? The Fockers, of course) and from the director of Austin Powers, Meet the Parents is a sub-category of comedy that can only be termed "comedies of excruciation," in which we laugh at the hideously humiliating experiences of some poor sap. If this is your kind of humor, then this is your kind of movie.

There are many jokes about Greg's name (Focker, get it?) and his occupation (nurse, which isn't manly, get it?). Jokes center on a catheter, a "Mountie strap-on dildo," a cat who uses the toilet, a cat strung out on nicotine gum, a fire, and an overflowing septic tank. The scene in which Greg battles the airline rules is worth at least three stars on its own.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 6, 2000
  • On DVD or streaming: December 14, 2004
  • Cast: Ben Stiller , Robert De Niro , Teri Polo
  • Director: Jay Roach
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 108 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: drug references, sexual references and situations, and language
  • Last updated: August 13, 2023

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