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Meet the Parents
DVD disk
10.06.2004 By: Dr. Drew
Meet the Parents order
Director:
Jay Roach

Actors:
Ben Stiller
Robert De Niro
Teri Polo

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A male nurse (Ben Stiller) musters up the courage to finally propose to his girlfriend. Realizing that her family is very traditional, he understands that he must first get her fatherís approval before popping the big question. While spending a weekend with the entire family, he soon realizes that heís about to inherit the father-in-law (Robert De Niro) from hell.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Let me start by saying that this is hands down, the funniest movie of the year! If youíve ever had the displeasure of meeting your future in laws for the first time, you know how unnerving these situations can be. Picture how potentially bad that situation might be and multiply it twenty times and youíll get a good idea of what this movie is all about. Needless to say, it makes for a hilarious ride which is sure to keep you laughing the entire time. Mind you, a premise can only take a movie so far but this movie delivers because of its stars, namely one Robert De Niro and the underrated Ben Stiller. These two have incredible on-screen chemistry and play extremely well off each other, creating some unbelievably uncomfortable situations. Watching poor Stiller get put through the proverbial ringer will leave you laughing out loud.

What I really loved about the movie was its clever script, which was for the most part extremely well written. What it does is pile on the laughs, one after another, without resorting to stupid gross out humor. The Farrelly brothers have yet to learn that toilet jokes and nasty visual gags are becoming a tired genre and I only hope that more movies follow in Meet The Parentsí footsteps. Add in the fact that the movie has a nice little romantic ring to it and youíve got all the makings for one hell of a good comedy. If you havenít had the chance to check out this film, do yourself a favor and do so, youíll thank me later. Simply put, itís a fun and entertaining romp from start to finish.
THE EXTRAS
With the DVD being labeled a Collectorís Edition, they do manage to squeeze in some fun extras. The first one is a "Spotlight on Location", a 25-minute "making of" featurette which provides some cool insight through cast and crew interviews but does come across as being rather "fluffy". Itís like theyíre trying to sell us on why we should see the movie, which weíve already done. The DVD also includes 2 deleted scenes which only run a couple of minutes but are definitely worth checking out. Presented in a rough form, we get glimpses of a botched "itinerary" and another scene where Stiller crawls around a ventilation duct, looking for Mr. Jinx the cat.

Commentary from director Roach can also be selected during the scenes. We also get a 10-minute outtakes reel which is pretty damn funny as we watch the actors bumble their lines and break into hysterical laughter during many of their takes. The oddest extras on the disc were probably the inclusions of the "Lie Detector Test" and "The Forecaster" which ask you a bunch of questions and then tell you whether youíre a liar or whether youíll get along with your future in-laws, respectively. Theyíre fun the first time but the novelty wears of very fast. Rounding out the extras are the theatrical trailer and brief production notes. The DVDís menus highlighted animated clips from the movie but in my honest opinion, were kind of lame.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
A very solid release, to say the least. What we get is one funny ass movie which is good for plenty of laughs and a fun array of extras. Two commentaries, a decent behind the scenes look, outtakes AND deleted scenes make for a well rounded DVD. With that kind of value and considering that I loved the movie, this one gets my thumbs up. Easily worth the money.
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