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YMMV: Meet the Parents
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Greg a hapless and sympathetic Butt Monkey who can never catch a break, or is he a chronic liar who is unworthy of Pam, just as her father thinks?
    • Should Greg have even bothered staying with Pam? In the first film, she never stood up for him against her family's nonstop bullying until the very end, and was constantly dropping little bombshells on him, such as the fact that she was engaged, that Kevin was the best man at her sister's wedding, and that her relationship with Kevin was primarily sexual.
      • She does a much better job of sticking up for Greg from the end of the first movie on, though.
    • Jack too: a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who sincerely has Pam's best interests at heart, or just a manipulative, domineering bully who likes to control other people (including his family)?
  • Anachronism Stew: in the third film Jack uses MySpace to find pictures of Andy and Greg at the meeting, in 2010. Nobody was using Myspace anymore in 2010.
  • First Installment Wins / Sequelitis: The first movie was considered by many as "the funniest comedy of its years". The second one received mixed reviews, with some saying it was better than the first one, and others saying it was worse (making it a Contested Sequel). The third movie was universally panned by critics, and Robert De Niro said his only reason to work for it was money.
  • Funny Moments: Jack encourages Greg to test out the new safety glass on his RV by hurling a brick at it. Greg does as he's told. It bounces right off the window, and smashes the windshield on Greg's car.
    • The best part of the gag is Greg refusing to buy insurance for the car (its a rental) on the basis that he wouldn't need it, and Jack's response to the windshield breaking is "Ah, well, your rental insurance will cover it."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Owen Wilson's character in the first movie.
  • Fridge Horror: Jack has a hidden camera in his guest room. There is no justification for that sort of thing. Not to mention the fact that it's illegal.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Mistaken for Terrorist scene in the first movie would be a lot less funny in a movie that came out after 9/11.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Jack drugging Greg with truth serum in the second film was definitely stepping over the line. Even his own wife, who tolerated his insanity all this time, wouldn't support him after that came out.
  • She Really Can Act: Jessica Alba is arguably the only cast member of the third movie to make any kind of effort.
  • Squick: The response to seeing Jack's artificial "breast" for assisted breastfeeding is to drown one's sorrows in Brain Bleach.
    Dinah: Aw Jack, you promised you wouldn't take the boob out in front of company.
    • Actually, the squick really starts when you realize that Jack evidently spent quite some time somehow taking a cast of his own daughter's breast - which wasn't even necessary. The baby would have probably been fine with a generic fake breast or, you know, a bottle.
  • The Woobie: Greg - nothing EVER goes right for him and his father-in-law is near impossible to please. His Amazingly Embarrassing Parents don't make it much better, either.

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