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He hasn't met her parents yet. The movie shows us the weekend where Stiller meets the parents. Pam's father is Jack (Robert De Niro) and her mother is Dina. Meet the Parents () on IMDb: Movies, Tv, Celebrities, and more where he met some of the men, women and children from the North of Central America. Meet the Parents () Goofs on IMDb: Mistakes, Errors in geography, Spoilers Kali Rocha plays both Atlantic American Airlines' gate attendant, then a flight.
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.
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Of course everything that can go wrong, does, including the disappearance of Dad's beloved Himalayan cat, Jinxie. Greg is nervous about spending his first weekend with her parents.
He tries very hard, sometimes too hard, to please her overbearing dad. The name was unnecessarily vulgar bearing in mind that it's main task was to set up the confusion of identity scenario and hey, I liked the dialogue in Goodfellas and Casino so its not a sensibility issue.
The name was used at intervals throughout the film to get cheap laughs in a way that was more suited to the "Carry on" films. It wouldn't be worth mentioning, except that so many scenes in the film seemed to rely on it for laughs even before his 1st name was revealed to be "Gaylord".
Although one or two of the set-pieces were funny, every single one of them was telegraphed way ahead. And so on and so on - you get the picture? All we were missing was Greg leaving a rake for someone to step on and wack themselves in the eye Imagine a comedy that combines the intelligence and sophistication of "Frasier" or the "Phil Silvers Show" with the slapstick of the Marx Brothers - well you ain't imagining this film.
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The only low gag they missed was not having the Thai honeymoon destination being Phuket! This was a film that intermittently promised to develop into something good De Niro's poem to his dead mother for instanceand the cast did their best with thin material. In the end though it couldn't build on it's few bright spots - it could have been much, much better with a bit more effort. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Co-writers Greg Glienna and Mary Ruth Clarke, along with director Jay Roach, have managed to make a film that is often laugh-out-loud hilarious without ever becoming overbearing or obnoxious, the style of choice for far too many other comedies made in this day and age.
I think the film is fantastic, and I can't imagine a screenwriter being any happier with a film unless he directs it himself. Which, in this case, would've been a disaster since Jay is a brilliant director He initially presented it to Roach who had, up to that point, directed the first two Austin Powers films. Roach admits to have liked the script from the beginning  and was very much willing to make the film even though he thought "it needed more work.
The studio was skeptical of Roach's ability to direct a "less-cartoony, character-driven script" compared to a comedy like Austin Powers. The drafts of the script were written by Herzfeld and, once De Niro and Stiller were confirmed as stars, John Hamburg was brought on board "to help fit the script to their verbal styles.
The script was not written with De Niro in mind as Jack Byrnes; the first draft of the script was completed inthree years before De Niro appeared in Analyze This. Explaining how Ben Stiller came to be cast in the role of Greg, Roach states: The film's script was initially written with Jim Carrey in the role of Greg and contained much more physical comedy, something that Stiller did not think would be successful with himself playing the role.
She ultimately lost the role to Teri Polo because the filmmakers "didn't think [Watts] was sexy enough".