Male nurse Greg Focker meets his girlfriend’s parents before proposing, but her suspicious father is every date’s worst nightmare. (IMDb)
The “meet the parents” premise is taken to amusing extremes here as Stiller’s average Joe buckles under the pressure to please De Niro’s intimidating former CIA agent dad. The humour that results doesn’t miss: The awkward dad-boyfriend interplay is on point, the slapstick mishaps are funny and not overdone, and Murphy’s Law pushes its limit in an excruciating but hilarious storyline. The script is shallow but content to simply generate laughs, which it thankfully does on a consistent basis.