Starring Robert De Niro and Ben Stillerthe film chronicles a series of unfortunate events that befall a good-hearted but hapless nurse while visiting his girlfriend's parents. Meet the Parents is a remake Meet the fockers release date a film of the same name directed by Greg Glienna and produced by Jim Vincent.
Glienna—who also played the original film's main protagonist—and Mary Ruth Clarke co-wrote the screenplay. Universal Studios purchased the rights to Glienna's film with the intent of creating a new version. Jim Herzfeld expanded the original script but development was halted for some time.
Jay Roach read the expanded script and expressed his desire to direct the film but Universal declined him. At that time, Steven Spielberg was interested in directing the film while Jim Carrey was interested in playing the lead role. Meet the Parents was well
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Ben Stiller won two comedy awards for his performance and the film was chosen as the Favorite Comedy Motion Picture at the People's Choice Awards. The success "Meet the fockers release date" Meet the Parents inspired two film sequels, namely Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers released in and respectively. Greg decides to propose to Pam in front of her family but this plan is put on hold when the airline company loses his luggage which contains the engagement ring.
Jack takes an instant dislike towards Greg and openly criticizes Greg for his choice of career as a male nurse and anything else he sees as a difference between Greg and the Byrnes family.
Greg tries to impress Jack but his efforts fail. Greg becomes even more uncomfortable after he receives an impromptu lie detector test from Jack and later learns from Pam that her father is a retired CIA operative. Meeting the rest of Pam's family and friends, Greg still feels like an outsider. Despite Meet the fockers release date to impress the family, Greg's inadvertent actions make him an easy target for ridicule and anger. During a volleyball game he causes Debbie a broken nose and a black eye, uses a malfunctioning toilet which floods the Byrnes' back yard with sewage, sets on fire the wedding altar, and several misunderstandings cause Jack to believe Greg is a marijuana user.
Later, Greg loses Jinx and replaces him with a stray whose tail he spray paints to make him look like Mr. By now, the entire Byrnes family, including Pam, agrees that it is best for Greg to leave Long Island until the wedding concludes. Unwillingly, Greg goes to the airport where he is detained by airport security for insisting that his bag stay with him rather than be checked.
Back at the Byrnes household, Jack tries to convince Pam that Greg was lying to her about everything.
He claims to be unable to find proof of anyone named "Greg Focker" ever taking the Medical College Admission Test which Greg claimed he had passed with the initial intention of becoming a doctor. Upon learning that Greg's real first name is Gaylord, and being presented with proof from Pam that he did in fact pass the test, Jack rushes to the airport, convinces airport security to release Greg and brings Meet the fockers release date back to the Byrnes household.
As Greg is proposing to Pam, Jack and Dina listen in on their conversation from another room, agreeing that they should now meet Greg's parents. After Debbie's wedding, Jack views footage of Greg recorded by hidden cameras that he had placed strategically around the house. Greg Focker is a middle-class Jewish nurse whose social and cultural position is juxtaposed against the Byrnes family of upper-class White Anglo-Saxon Protestants. The cultural differences are often highlighted and Greg is repeatedly made aware of them.
This serves to achieve comedic effect through character development and has also been commented upon as being indicative of thematic portrayal of Jewish characters' roles in modern film as well as being a prime example Meet the fockers release date how male nurses are portrayed in media.
Vincent Brook observes mainstream Hollywood cinema's tendency since the s of incorporating Jewish liminality and "popularizing the Jew. The schlemiel, Brook explains, is an anti-hero in whose humiliation the audience finds supreme pleasure.
Within that context, Brook describes Greg Focker's character as "the quintessential example of the postmodern schlemiel. Anne Bower writes about Jewish characters at mealtime as part of the broader movement she believes started in the s where filmmakers started producing work that explored the "Jewish self-definition. In this scene, Greg attempts to recite a prayer by improvising and, in doing so, launches into a recital of the song "Day by Day" from Act I of Godspell. Bower notes this scene as "particularly important for establishing the cultural distance"  between the Jewish Greg and the Christian Byrnes.
She noted that the social gap is further widened next morning when Greg is the last person to arrive at the breakfast table; he shows up wearing pajamas while everyone else is fully clothed.
Here Greg is shown eating a bagelwhich Bower argues as being a clear signifier of Jewishness. Based on common misconceptions and stereotypes about men in nursingGreg's profession is repeatedly brought up by Jack Byrnes in a negative context and the character of Greg Focker has come to be one of the best known film portrayals of a male nurse.
Such stereotyping is due to a presumption that a man would prefer to be a physician but is unable to become one due to lack of intelligence or non-masculine attributes. Jack Byrnes is often seen openly criticizing Greg's career choice per his perception of nursing being an effeminate profession. In their book Men in Nursing: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All at Risk postulate that Greg's character, although intelligent and firm in his defense of his profession, "might have done more to rebut the stereotypes"  while also reporting that "some men in nursing"  expressed their opinions that it would have been better to not present the stereotypes at all.
Meet the Parents is a remake of a independent film of the same name. Glienna also directed and starred in the 76 minute film which was filmed on mm film in and released the following year. Producer Nancy Tenenbaum acquired the rights to the short film. He brought it to the attention of Universal Studios who initially declined but subsequently optioned the rights to the film in Universal approached screenwriter Jim Herzfeld to expand the screenplay.
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 "Meet the fockers release date" 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.
The consideration to play the character of Pam Byrnes—Greg's girlfriend who acts as a mediator between Greg and the Byrnes family, especially her father Jack—was initially given to Australian actress Naomi Watts.
She ultimately lost the role to Teri Polo because the filmmakers "didn't think [Watts] was sexy enough". The role of Mr. Jinx the Meet the fockers release date was played by two five-year-old Himalayan cats named Bailey and Misha sometimes written Meet the fockers release date Meesha .
The American Humane Association oversaw filming of all scenes where the cats were used and ensured the animals' obedience and well-being by keeping two trainers and a veterinarian on set at all times. Greg Glienna did not come up with the surname Focker; Greg's character in the original film did not have a last name. The name was written into the script after Jim Carrey came up with the idea for the Focker surname during a creative session held before he abandoned the project.
The filmmakers were asked if they had made up the name or if they can prove that such a name exists. The DVD release provides only the letterbox format of the film and is also minutes Meet the fockers release date length. The aspect ratio is 1. English language audio tracks available with the film are a 5. Additionally, English language subtitles are provided as well. The single disc "Collector's Edition" contains two audio commentaries, one a light-hearted and humorous discussion between Roach, Stiller, De Niro and producer Jane Rosenthal and the other a more formal technical commentary on the film-making aspects by the director and editor Jon Poll.
The director discusses issues that include working with the cast, utilizing the best camera angles for comedic effect, discussing scenes that were improvised and scenes that were scripted, and commenting on issues surrounding shooting on location. The editor speaks about putting together the best functioning comedy from material that was filmed and discusses some deleted scenes that were excluded from the DVD release. In addition, the DVD features a twelve-minute outtake section, three minutes of deleted scenesand Universal's Spotlight on Location featurette.
Spotlight on Location is a standard minute-long featurette about the making of the film which includes interviews with the cast members and contains behind-the-scenes footage. A region 1 "Bonus Edition" was released on December 14, and contains three additional featurettes: The original motion picture soundtrack for Meet the Parents was released "Meet the fockers release date" September 26, on the DreamWorks Records record label.
John and a hidden bonus track. The film received a generally positive response from film critics, being commended on the subtlety of its humor     as well as being named as "the funniest"   or "one of the funniest"     films of the year by several critics.
However, Internet film critic James Berardinelliin spite of awarding it two and a half "Meet the fockers release date" out of four, gave the film a somewhat scathing review. On his website, Berardinelli wrote that " Meet the Parents is put together like a TV sit-com,"  that Roach "strings together a series of hit-and-miss lowbrow gags with little care for whether any of the connecting material is coherent, interesting, or enjoyable in most cases, it's none of those three "  and concluding that "even with Stiller and De Niro, Meet the Parents is an encounter that can be postponed until it's available on video.
It strains to come to life, but never quite makes it. The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:. The success of Meet the Parents was initially responsible for a NBC reality television show entitled Meet My Folks in which a young woman's love interest, vying for her family's approval, is interrogated by the woman's overprotective father with the help of a lie detector machine.