Meet the Parents

  • Directors: Jay Roach
  • Producers: Robert De Niro, Jay Roach, Jane Rosenthal, Nancy Tenenbaum
  • Writers: Greg Glienna, Mary Ruth Clarke, James Herzfeld, John Hamburg
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner

Gaylord M. “Greg” Focker (Ben Stiller) is a male nurse living in Chicago. He intends to propose to his girlfriend Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo), a schoolteacher. His plans are disrupted by the news that Pam’s sister Debbie (Nicole DeHuff) is getting married and Greg and Pam are invited to spend the weekend before the wedding at Pam’s parents’ house in Oyster Bay, New York (on Long Island). Hoping to make the best of the situation, Greg now plans to propose to Pam in front of her family and brings the engagement ring he bought for Pam with him.

At the Byrnes family home, Greg meets Pam’s father Jack (Robert De Niro), mother Dina (Blythe Danner) and their beloved cat Mr. Jinx. Jack takes an instant dislike towards Greg and, subtly at first but more openly as time goes by, criticizes Greg for his choice of career as a male nurse and anything else he sees as a difference between Greg and the Byrnes family. Greg desperately tries to impress Jack but his efforts fail one by one. Greg presents the family with a bottle of cheap champagne he purchased at a local drug store; while trying to open the bottle, the cork flies out of the bottle and hits the urn containing the ashes of Jack’s beloved mother, breaking the urn and spilling the ashes on the ground, upsetting Jack even further.

The movie ends with Debbie and Bob’s wedding and Jack viewing the tapes of Greg recorded by the hidden cameras.

Along Came Polly

  • Directors: John Hamburg
  • Producers: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
  • Writers: John Hamburg
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Debra Messing, Hank Azaria, Bryan Brown, Alec Baldwin

Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) is a friendly insurance actuary who, since his job involves analyzing risk for insurance purposes, likes living life in complete safety and free from any unnecessary risk. As the film opens, he is celebrating his wedding to Lisa Kramer (Debra Messing), but promptly catches her making love on their honeymoon with a French scuba instructor (Hank Azaria). When he returns he meets Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston), an extroverted former classmate, at an art gallery he was asked to by best friend Sandy (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Sandy appeared in a film when he was a teenager and now thinks himself a big star. Sandy asks Reuben to leave because Sandy “sharted”, they say goodbye to Polly and the next day Reuben tells Sandy he’s going to move on and ask Polly on a date. The two engage in a match against two other men in which Sandy tells Reuben that Polly would not be right for him because she has a tattoo and is nothing like when they were in 7th grade. At the end of the night he calls Polly but hangs up, she calls back and before he can stop it, his answering machine announces his name. Reuben then detours near Polly’s apartment where he catches her coming home, and pretending he didn’t see her, he then lies that his answering machine has been malfunctioning and calling people on its own.

Reuben moves into his new house and talks to Lisa who wants to see him at Sandy’s play. A friend of Polly’s reveals she’s leaving town but doesn’t know why, but just then Lisa comes over to Reuben and he’s forced to introduce her to him. As they sit down to watch the play he gets a call from his boss to evaluate Lew’s case, and Sandy announces to the audience that he will be playing the lead of the play as well as his own part, which causes a fight to break out the lead and Sandy, as despite Sandy only appearing in one film when he was young he has become convinced that he is a star. Reuben’s dad breaks his silence from the start of the film who then tells Sandy to let go and that it doesn’t matter what happened in the past or the future, it’s about enjoying the ride and something great will come, something unplanned for. This inspires Reuben and he tells Lisa he won’t be getting back with her because she’s a heartless bitch for cheating on him. He then learns from Sandy that the documentary he was making was a fake, so Reuben sends Sandy to his big meeting regarding Lew’s case in his place so he can rush to catch Polly before she leaves town. He sees her leaving but can’t keep up, and wanders back to her apartment where he finds her pet ferret Rodolfo, whose lead got caught in the door. Polly then comes round the corner shouting out for Rodolfo, sees Reuben and walks away with Rodolfo in tow. He apologizes and says she was risky but worth it. Back at Lew’s insurance case, Sandy is recognized by the businessmen for his part in the old movie after he delivers Reuben’s presentation, the board is impressed and Lew is granted his insurance despite his love for dangerous sports. Reuben being unable to convince Polly he gets some nuts from a vendor and makes them dirty by dropping them on the floor and eats them to proves he can take risks and says if Polly leaves she’ll never know what they could have had. They reconcile and we see in the future Reuben and Polly on the beach where he had his honeymoon. Claude runs into them, they explain they’re not married but in the future maybe and point Lew out, who’s just a small distance off. Reuben thanks Claude for everything and then he and Polly go off into the sea.

I Love You Man

  • Directors: John Hamburg
  • Producers: John Hamburg, Ivan Reitman, Donald De Line, Tom Pollock, Jeff Clifford, Bill Johnson
  • Writers: Story by Larry Levin Written by John Hamburg and Larry Levin
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, J K Simmons, Jane Curtin, Jaime Pressly, Andy Samberg

Peter Klaven just got engaged to Zooey Rice. She’s ecstatic and calls her closest friends, but Peter does not seem to have anyone special he’d like to share the good news with. At Peter’s parents’ house, it comes out that Peter is actually a “girlfriend guy” and his guy friends when he was growing up “fell by the wayside.” After overhearing Zooey’s friends tell her that they are concerned Peter does not have any friends, he realizes he needs to find some male friends in order to have a best man for his wedding. Peter seeks the advice of his younger, gay brother Robbie on how to meet platonic guy friends and how to take them on a man-date.

Peter’s first attempt is to hang out with Barry, Denise’s husband, for poker night with the guys. It ends horribly when, after chugging too many beers, Peter projectile vomits all over Barry. Robbie tries to help Peter by sending him out with a guy from his gym for a soccer game. That does not last long, since the man angers fans at the game and has a very high-pitched voice. Peter’s mother tries next by sending him to dinner with a guy that just moved to L.A. Against Robbie’s advice, Peter goes to dinner with Doug, and it ends awkwardly with a deep tongue kiss. Peter tries for himself online and finds Mel, who represented himself as a young guy on his online profile, but is actually an old man.

While Peter feels bad about confronting Sydney now that the Ferrigno house is sold, he doesn’t re-invite Sydney to the wedding. Before the wedding, Zooey sees Peter upset about the loss of Sydney, so she calls and invites Sydney (who is already on his way) to the wedding. Just before the vows are to be taken, Sydney makes a dramatic entrance, they explain their platonic love for each other, and Sydney assumes the role of best man.