No pressure.

"...I will bring you down, baby. I will bring you down to Chinatown."

Jack Byrnes

Meet the Parents

Release Date: October 6, 2000

Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is head over heels in love with his girlfriend Pam (Teri Polo), and is ready to pop the big question. When his attempt to propose is thwarted by a phone call with the news that Pam's younger sister is getting married, Greg realizes that the key to Pam's hand in marriage lies with her formidable father, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro).

A trip to New York for her sister's wedding seems just the right occasion for Greg to ask Pam to be his wife. But everything that could possibly go wrong does. Upon his arrival at the family's picturesque, Norman Rockwell-like home, Greg is greeted by what appears to be the picture-perfect family: a loving husband and wife with a doting son and two daughters and a beloved cat. But for a guy who usually resorts to dry wit in stressful situations, Greg is suddenly shooting blanks with Jack, a retired horticulturist...and rather imposing figure. No one is good enough for Jack's first-born daughter Pam, and the fact that Greg is a cat-hating male nurse with a vulgar-sounding last name is not helping things at all.

While Greg bends over backwards to try and make a good impression, his weekend begins with lost luggage at the airport and turns into a hilarious series of one disaster after another.

Meet the Parents is directed by Jay Roach. The film is produced by Nancy Tenenbaum, Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Jay Roach. The screenplay is by Jim Herzfeld and John Hamburg, based on a story and short film by Greg Glienna & Mary Ruth Clarke.

The film also stars Blythe Danner, James Rebhorn, Jon Abrahams, Phyllis George, Thomas McCarthy, newcomer Nicole DeHuff and Owen Wilson.

About the Film

About the Film

CAST
  • ROBERT DE NIRO,
  • BEN STILLER,
  • TERI POLO,
  • BLYTHE DANNER,
  • OWEN WILSON
DIRECTOR
  • JAY ROACH
SCREENWRITERS
  • JIM HERZFELD AND JOHN HAMBURG, FROM A STORY BY GREG GILENNA & MARY RUTH CLARKE
PRODUCERS
  • ROBERT DE NIRO,
  • JAY ROACH,
  • JANE ROSENTHAL,
  • NANCY TENENBAUM
CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • PETER JAMES
PRODUCTION DESIGNER
  • RUSTY SMITH
COSTUME DESIGNER
  • DANIEL ORLANDI
EDITORS
  • GREG HAYDEN,
  • JON POLL
COMPOSER
  • RANDY NEWMAN