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

(Choir) # Show me a man

# Who's gentle and kind

# And l'll show you

# A loser

# Now show me a man

# Who takes what he wants

# Oh, how exciting

# Oh, how exciting

# So the poets sing

# When you're a fool in love

# And nothing goes the way you plan

# And no one cares

# And no one understands

# That you're a fool

# And you're in love

# Never another spring for you

# Never a robin to sing for you

# You're out there on your own

# When you're a fool in love

# When you're a fool in love

# Seems like the skies

# Are always grey

# You turn around,

there's someone in your way

# And it's you

# And you're in love

# Sometimes you think

that your luck has changed

# And a rainbow explodes

'cross the sky

# But when you're a fool in love

# You'll be a fool

till the day you die #

(Man ) l know we haven't been

together that long,

but these last 10 months have been

the happiest of my life.

You're not only the person l love,

you're also my best friend...

and l want to spend

the rest of my life with you.

Will you marry me?


Seriously, do you think

that sounds good?

- No!

- Really? Cos l think that...


Oh! Oh! Sorry. Sorry.

Sometimes these catheters

can pinch a little bit.

Well, thanks. l appreciate it.

You got a real gentle touch

there, Doctor.

She won't be able to say no.

Actually, l'm a nurse.

Doctor'll be right in.

- Good luck, Greg.

- Thanks, Cameron.

OK, it's time for

our problem of the week.

l want you to pick out

your problem,

a problem that's been

bothering you all week.

With your eyes still closed...

l want you to picture

that problem in your mind.

Pretend it's right there

in front of you.

..not only my best friend,

but you're also

the person that l...

want to spend the rest

of my life with.

l love you. Will you...marry me?

Now l want you to scare

your problems away.

- l want you to say "boo"!

- Boo!

- BOO!

- BOO!

All right, you guys are great.

Very good.

l will see you guys after lunch.

Pam, isn't that your special friend?

Yeah, l think so.

- Why don't you talk to him?

- You think l should?

(Kids ) Yeah!

Come here!


- Hi, sweetie.

- How're you doing?

l was in the area, got off early,

thought you'd want to go eat.

That's very sweet.

What a nice surprise.

Oh, shoot!

l forgot to change my shoes.

That's OK. You know l can't resist

a man in nurse's shoes.

l got my sneakers here.

Let me change. lt'll take a second.

Huh! OK.

- Honey?

- Hmm?

- Pam.

- Yeah?

- l love you.

- l love you, too.

Come on, sweetie. l got a half-hour

before l have to be back.

So you wanna go have lunch?

(Chuckling) What are you doing?

Um, nothing. l just love you so much.

These last 10 months...have been

the happiest of my life.

Yeah, they've been amazing, but...

What's going on?

Nothing. l just...l just feel like,

you know, we're so close.

You're my best friend, and you're

also the woman that l love, and...

You OK, sweetie? You're acting weird.

l just got a crick in my neck.

l did CPR

on a 300-pound crack head today.

- Want me to massage your neck?

- No, no.

Honey, your kids are

trying to tell you something!

- (Phone )

- Oh, hold on.

Oh, it's my sister. Hello. Hi.

You're engaged? Congratulations!

You're getting married in two weeks?

That's...a little soon.

Mom and Dad...really don't know

Bob very well. Dad was OK with this?

Wow. That was very thoughtful of him.

l can't believe he knew

to ask Dad's permission.


l'm just here with Greg.

He's taking me to lunch. He's OK.

l know you've got to go.

All right. l love you. Bye.

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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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