The Best Comedies on Netflix Streaming
#11 Meet the Parents
Anytime you have the chance to see Robert DeNiro in a comedic role, it is something worth savoring. But, as only DeNiro can, he remains stoically serious throughout the film and his comedic effect is felt as Ben Stiller, who plays his stepson, realizes his new father in law is a former CIA employee who has had a hard time quitting his day job. Stiller's usual role as the relatively clueless, naive pushover fits the script perfectly, as he blunders epically trying to do nothing more than survive a weekend with his new in laws.
The jokes run throughout the movie, with Stiller's character Gaylord "Greg" Focker being a punchline in his own right as a male nurse. He constantly faces the burden of explaining to every new person he meets that he is not in fact a doctor, but a nurse and that it is highly normal for a male to choose the nursing profession.
When he comes to find out his wife Pam's (Teri Polo) sister is to be wed to a doctor, his sense of inferiority is visually apparent, a consistent theme throughout his weekend with the Byrnes family. Greg manages to white-lie himself into total embarrassment on countless occasions, the most memorable being his assertion that he grew up around all kinds of animals on a farm. This lie is exposed when he lets loose the dreaded line "Oh yeah you can milk anything with nipples". To which DeNiro responds in his trademark deadpan mafioso face, "I have nipples Greg, could you milk me?".
You don't know what a terrible in-law is until you have seen this movie, and with a memorable guest spot from Owen Wilson as Pam's ultra rich, Renaissance Man former fiancee this is a must see.