A Jewish male nurse (Ben Stiller) plans to ask his live-in girl friend (Teri Polo) to marry him. However, he learns that her strict father (Robert DeNiro) 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 (Blythe Danner) and Dad, who turns out to be former CIA with a lie detector in the basement.

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Pam Byrnes, Teri Polo, is living with boyfriend Greg Focker, Ben Stiller in New York where she works as a teacher and he is a nurse. Greg wants to marry Pam, but she`s an old-fashioned girl - her father will have to approve; and the opportunity to meet her parents comes when they fly to Chicago for her sister`s wedding. Mom, Blythe Danner, is sympathetic but Dad, Robert De Niro, is the sort of prospective father-in-law no young man would like to meet...Meet The Parents is pretty funny, though not, perhaps, as funny as it might have been, because some of the jokes are predictable and laboured (as soon as De Niro points out the urn containing the remains of his mother you know exactly what`s going to happen). But the actors rise to the occasion. After his comedy turn in Analyze This, De Niro is in fine form again as the ex-CIA man with a naturally suspicious mind; Ben Stiller is terrific as the hapless, accident-prone, foil, and Teri Polo full of charm as the young woman on which all the conflict centres. At its best, Meet The Parents is very funny with its acute observations of some most embarrassing moments; and director Jay Roach proves he`s much more than just the maker of the Austin Powers films.