Meet the Parents

Synopsis: A Jewish male nurse plans to ask his live-in girl friend to marry him. However, he learns that her strict father expects to be asked for his daughter's hand before she can accept. Thus begins the visit from Hell as the two travel to meet Mom and Dad, who turns out to be former CIA with a lie detector in the basement. Coincidentally, a sister also has announced her wedding to a young doctor. Of course everything that can go wrong, does, including the disappearance of Dad's beloved Himalayan cat, Jinxie.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Jay Roach
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

So, what's going on?

Debbie's marrying that guy?

Yeah. ln two weeks.

Dr Bob of Denver. lsn't that great?

Yeah, that's... Didn't they

just meet a few months ago?

Yeah, but he asked her

and she said yes.

Well, he asked my dad first.

Yeah, l overheard that.

So he had to ask his permission?

No, he didn't have to.

Bob just understood

that Dad appreciates that.

- Mm-hm.

- Deb said that Dad loves him.

Bob bought him the perfect gift

that just won him over.

Really. Huh, a gift.

(Pam ) ls it OK to X-ray this?

(Greg) Yeah. lt won't mutate.

- Sir, that's not gonna fit.

- Wait a second.

lt's too big. You got to check it.

(Beep )

Raise your arms, sir.

Look, l got an engagement ring

in the bag,

so l can't open it here,

can't l just carry it on?

lf it don't fit through the frame,

you ain't carrying it on the plane.

531, New York, La Guardia. Check it.

Wait, wait, excuse me...

Don't worry,

it'll be waiting for you there.

(PA) 'Welcome to La Guardia Airport.

Please follow the signs...'

Excuse me. Hi. You lost my bag

and there's a diamond ring inside it.

l didn't lose your anything, sir.

Put your address here

and we'll ship it when it surfaces.

And if it doesn't?

Am l supposed to go the whole weekend

with just these clothes?

(Pam ) lt's great. l just thought

you were getting champagne.

Trust me,

your dad's gonna love this gift.

Well, don't forget he's retired.

He was in the rare flower business,

he'll be interested.

Sounds like they're hard to please.

No, not at all.

He's the sweetest man in the world.

- He's gonna love you. l promise.

- As much as he loves Dr Bob?

(Pam ) Easy on the sarcasm.

Humour is wasted on my parents.

(Greg) What, are they Amish?

(Greg) OK, no jokes.

- What are you doing?

- What?

My dad sees smoking

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Jim Herzfeld

Jim Herzfeld is an American film and television screenwriter who has also done work as a television producer. Herzfeld graduated from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT) in 1984. Herzfeld's earliest TV credit is on It's Garry Shandling's Show in 1986. His earliest feature film work was a writing credit on the cult-comedy Tapeheads in 1988. Herzfeld's most successful work was writing the screenplay for the 2000 film Meet the Parents as well as writing the story and screenplay for its 2004 sequel Meet the Fockers. Despite occasional internet information to the contrary, Herzfeld was not a writer on the last of the trilogy, the critically savaged Little Fockers. Herzfeld was also the writer of the canceled Circle 7 Animation version of Toy Story 3. more…

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