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)?
  • 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.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: 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, revealing that it wasn't the first time he had done that to someone Pam was involved with.
  • Sequelitis: The first movie was considered by many as "the funniest comedy of the year". 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.
  • 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.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Jessica Alba, in amongst the bonanza of phoning it in and Money, Dear Boy acting that is Little Fockers.
  • 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.
    • Worse yet. In the first movie NONE of Pam's family members and friends, with the exepcion of Dina and Kevin, finds him sympathetic at all.