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Meet The Parents Script taken from a transcript of the screenplay and/or the Ben Stiller movie. Oh, my God, you're getting married in two weeks. .. Well, when I gave Bob the okay to propose to Deb, I put him in touch with my diamond guy. Male nurse Greg Focker meets his girlfriend's parents before proposing, but her Coincidentally, a sister also has announced her wedding to a young doctor. Meet The Parents — Nurse Greg Focker attempts to propose to his schoolteacher as Greg and Pam get married and the Fockers even help to bring back some.
While Jack has all but delighted in giving Greg a hard time from the moment they met, he cannot abide by Denny's mean-spirited mockery of Greg's legal name. In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it background moment, you can see Jack soberly gesturing to Denny that his joking isn't appropriate and he needs to stop. Despite being Greg's biggest critic, Jack's even one of the few who doesn't find it amusing. Jack's hyper-paranoid humorless Control Freak tendencies and how because of them he's constantly stressed.
The fact that this almost becomes a literal fatal flaw is an important plot point of the third film.
From the Mouths of Babes: During Meet The Fockers, Little Jack Jack's grandson and Pam's nephew ends up learning the word "asshole" after Greg accidentally mentions the word in front of him. Andi Garcia, Jessica Alba 's character from Little Fockers is permanently perkypeppers her speech with Valley Girl like expressions and would come across as just an immature party-girl airhead if it wasn't for her demontrasting that she is also a highly skilled nurse in a couple of early scenes.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Focker family name, and the titles Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers blatantly play on this trope. The trailer for the first movie pronounced it "foke-er;" with the sequels this wasn't really an option.
Clearly, they're just related to the Fokker aircraft company in the Netherlands. They were told they could keep it if they could find one real life family with the name "Focker". Since they got their title, well When Greg first meets Dina, she holds out her hand for a handshake while he goes for a hug.
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Bernie and Roz Focker, to the point that the level-headed Dinah is secretly jealous that they have such a successful sex life at their age. Jack has one near the end of the first two films, yet continues to give Greg hell in the sequels. Jack's Fatal Flaw — he would rather believe Greg and his parents, and everybody else who so much as saw his girls is actively and maliciously trying to do something and put him through utter hell to force him to tell the truth than accept that his son-in-law is just a Butt-Monkey.
The "circle of trust" system is also supposed to allow for an open inter-family relationship, but is becomes apparent long before Pam and Dina call B. Little Jack repeating the word "asshole". Jack always says that Greg's job is "male nurse" rather than just "nurse". Even though Jack is one of the best examples of a Knight Templar Parent, his favorite song is the one that exemplifies childlike innocence: Pam's entire family, in fact, except Dina and Pam herself.
Even his cat is a Jerkass. The redneck cop in the second movie. The Lawful Stupid airline employees that Greg had to put up with in the first film. Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jack - he clearly loves his daughter and wants only the best for her, but his extreme Papa Wolf personality makes it difficult for her to have any successful relationships. Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: That said, he does push it with how much he tortures and refuses to reason with Greg and his family.
The "Circle Of Trust" and control-freak tendencies make it clear he's pretty difficult to live with. All 3 movies revel in being this. In the third movie, Andi Garcia drunkenly forces herself onto Greg while at his house, despite knowing that he's married and he objects. She never gets her comeuppance for it; she doesn't even get fired, despite acting unprofessional for the entire movie.
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Jack in the first film never faces any real consequence for bullying Greg. The second film is better about this.the choice marry me
You could say the two heart attacks in the third film are Jack's karma. He would at least have to learn to keep his composure and temper under control from that point onward, or risk a third, and likely fatal, heart attack.
Denny, Pam's pothead brother, never gets any comeuppance for framing Greg for smoking marijuana in the first film. In the second however, Dina mentions that he was sent to military school, so it seems that karma caught up with him off-screen. Jack, who dotes on Jinx like crazy. The "kindhearted" part is extremely debatable to say the least, though.
This describes Jack Byrnes to a T. The Koshers - er, Fockers, oh damn.
The airline employees, particularly the one who makes Greg wait until his row gets called for boarding The redneck cop in the second film. He is following the standard list of what to do if an officer pulls someone over and the driver turns hostile—the problem being that this means he won't listen to what Jack, Greg or Bernie have to say when they try to explain themselves and pretty much brutalizes them when they turn "uncooperative" which is when they try to insist and raise their voices, otherwise remaining peaceful.
Let Her Grow Up, Dear: Pam's mom is definitely more supportive of her relationship with Gaylord than Jack ever will be. This scene was heavily used to promote the film. Jack places his thumbs on Greg's wrists as an impromptu lie detector in their last major scene.
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Which may border on to research failure as using your thumbs to take a person's pulse is not correct; your thumb has its own pulse and thus may give a false reading. Some have speculated that Jack was counting on Greg not knowing that, and getting distracted from hiding other signs that he's lying. See Ethnic Menial Labor above. I was more nervous asking him than asking her. The film's original opening had Greg proposing to Pam during a Cubs game at Wrigley Field —and failing spectacularly.
While researching a role, De Niro read up on polygraphers.
He then talked about what he had read to Roach at a pre-shoot dinner. Jim Herzfeld was one of the two credited screenwriters for Meet the Parents, along with John Hamburg. Herzfeld said he always thought of Greg as someone who was misunderstood, like The Graduate's Benjamin Braddock.
For a scene in which Stiller interacts with a pharmacy cashier played by Judah Friedlanderthe production not only used a real pharmacy—but an open one. Whenever the actors would finish a take, the actual cashiers would get back to work and deal with the customers.
When the cameras started to roll again, the cashiers would stand off in a corner so that they wouldn't be seen by the cameras. But that scene was a lot of fun, because it was mostly improvised, and that's my favorite thing to do, is making stuff up on the spot. The MPAA refused to allow the use of the last name "Focker" unless the filmmakers could find someone with that actual surname.