Thursday Movie Picks: Meet the Parents

Hey Guys!
It’s time for another entry for the Thursday Movie Picks series by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week’s topic is Meet the Parents. So let’s take a look at my choices!


Shrek 2:
The first funny “meet the parents” scene I thought of is when Shrek meets Fiona’s parents for the frist time. I guess a huge green ogre wasn’t exactly what they had expected for a son-in-law.


Meet the Parents:
Of course the obvious choice here is the film Meet the Parents. Ben Stiller. Robert DeNiro. Lots of weird and embarrassing moments. Not my favorite film, but definitely perfect for the topic!

Back to the Future:
This features definitely one of the most iconic meet the parents (and grand-parents) moments in film history. Marty McFly travels through time and runs into his teen-aged mom and dad! Lots of funny and weird moments ahead with such a set-up.


Catch me if you Can:
Catch me if you Can is probably not the first thing you think of for this topic. But there is a really cute scene when Frank Abagnale Jr. (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) falls in love with a nurse at a hospital and gets to meet her parents. I generally love this film, but this scene is one of my favorites!

Which films would you pick for this week’s topic? Let me know in the comments!

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10 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Meet the Parents

  1. Good choices, though I’ve never seen any of the Shreks.

    LOVE Back to the Future! Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd make such a great team which would be enough in itself but the entire cast surrounding them is wonderful too, especially Lea Thompson.

    It’s been a while since I’ve seen Catch Me If You Can and I’m hazy on that scene but I’m a big fan of the entirety of the movie.

    Meet the Parents really is just made for this theme. I like it even if it does run out of steam towards the end but I think I’ve only watched it the once.

    I went with the lighter side of the meet and greet too.

    Lovers and Other Strangers (1970)-As young couple Mike and Susan (Michael Brandon & Bonnie Bedelia) go through their wedding festivities (rehearsal, ceremony and reception) a cauldron of familial lunacy swirls around them as they meet for the first time. VERY 70’s fashions and interior design is offset by a cast that includes Beatrice Arthur, Cloris Leachman, Gig Young, Anne Meara and in her screen debut Diane Keaton.

    The In-Laws (1979)-Nebbishy dentist Sheldon Kornpett (Alan Arkin) finds himself with major reservations to his daughter’s upcoming marriage after meeting her future father-in-law, Vincent Ricardo (Peter Falk). At first thinking Vince is mobbed up he is no less distressed when Vince reveals that he’s actually a CIA agent investigating an international counterfeiting plot, and that he will need Sheldon’s help. Next thing he knows Sheldon is off on a crazy adventure.

    My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)-Toula (Nia Vardalos) is a sweet, somewhat frumpy 30ish Greek girl who works in her family’s restaurant and is dominated by her parents. Frustrated by being stuck in place she pulls herself together, goes to work in her aunt’s travel agency and meets school teacher Ian Miller (John Corbett) and they quickly get serious. That’s where the trouble starts since Ian isn’t Greek, no problem for Toula but a huge one for her family especially when they decide to marry. Her boisterous clan basically take over the title event while Toula and Ian try to stand up against the onslaught. Low budget good natured comedy with a sunny outlook made a mint on its release.


    • I’ve seen Catch me if you Can so many times, it came to my mind immediately. It’s only a very small scene in the film, so it’s not really the obvious choice.
      You chose some great films, by the way!


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