Stress Attached: 17 Movies About Meeting Your Parents

Rapprochement with future relatives is both a quest and a lottery. When everything goes smoothly and everyone is happy with each other, it means you are lucky! However, it happens differently – then a meeting with a new family turns into a psychological thriller. And where emotions overflow, there is also potential for movie plots. We have prepared for you a selection of films about meeting parents – comedies and horror films, where the older generation organizes a powerful adrenaline rush for new family members.

Thinking How to End It (2020)

Lucy and boyfriend Jake go to visit his parents on a secluded farm. From the very beginning, the trip seems strange – someone calls the girl from her own number and leaves cryptic messages, and the thought of breaking up with her boyfriend is spinning in her head. However, when the couple reaches their destination , things get even worse. Jake’s mother and father are behaving suspiciously, there are photos on the walls in which Lucy recognizes herself, and something creepy is hidden in the basement.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Genre:
Drama, Thriller

Actors:  
Jessie Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette, David Thewlis…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age Limits
16+


Save Kolya! (2020)

The main character of the Russian comedy about meeting her parents is the girl Masha, in whose life there is a serious problem. The fact is that Maria’s father works as a military commissar and not a single guy lingers around her – a vigilant dad immediately sends fans to serve, but away. The confrontation between the commander of the military enlistment office and his resolute daughter gives rise to a lot of funny and touching moments, but exacerbates the relationship of the relatives themselves.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Dmitry Nagiev, Anna Rodonaya, Ivan Zlobin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
12+


I go looking (2019)

The American black comedy thriller introduces the viewer to Grace, in whose life the happiest moment has come. She marries the heir of a noble family. The girl can not wait to become part of an aristocratic family, with all its age-old traditions and orders. However, the bride will have to go through the rite of passage – to play hide and seek. But they will look for her with a crossbow at the ready. The main thing is to survive until the morning!

Original title:  
Ready or Not

Genre:
Thriller, comedy, horror

Actors:  
Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien …

Country:  
USA, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:  
18+


Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

The foreign comedy about meeting the parents is very bright, sometimes funny and sometimes tragic, showing the features characteristic of the Chinese mentality. Beauty Rachel Chu is a Chinese woman from America. Nick came to the US from Singapore for an education. The young couple is in love and happy. The girl does not even suspect the status of her lover until he takes her to a friend’s wedding. It turns out that his family has untold wealth, and most of the local ladies dream of marrying a guy.

Original title:  
Crazy Rich Asians

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:  
Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:  
16+


Get Out (2017)

For the weekend, a black guy Chris goes to meet his beloved parents – representatives of a noble and very influential family. In a huge mansion, all people, except for the owners, of the same skin color as Chris, are servants. Of course, the guy feels out of his element. But this is only a small part of his problems. The hero notices that all the black service personnel are behaving strangely, and soon he will have to find out the reason for this behavior.

Original title:  
Get Out

Genre:
Horror, thriller, detective

Actors:  
Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener …

Country:  
USA, Japan

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:  
18+


Why he? (2016)

The heroine of the comedy film, Stephanie, introduces her boyfriend to her parents, which shocks her beloved daddy. Why did Stephanie choose a brazen, self-righteous profanity lover? This question is asked by 55-year-old Ben Fleming, the father of the bride. Why did his daughter, a modest beauty with a big sensitive heart, choose this slob in tattoos? The whole Fleming family will have to spend the weekend in the huge mansion of a possible son-in-law and try to get used to a new relative or try to separate the couple.

Original Title
Why Him?

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:  
Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally …

Country:  
USA, Cambodia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:  
16+


Crazy Wedding (2014)

In the center of the plot of the film is a happy married couple Claude and Marie. They have achieved everything they dreamed of, and they have four beautiful daughters. Parents do not worry about the future marriage of girls – three have already found personal happiness. But being decent Catholics, the spouses are perplexed why they got a Chinese, an Arab and a Jew as sons-in-law. In addition, one has to do everything possible so that provocative political and religious topics do not arise at family meetings at the table. However, Claude and Marie are in for another surprise: the fourth daughter is finally getting married, but her fiancé is black.

Original Title
Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu?

Genre:  
Comedy

Actors:  
Christian Clavier, Chantal Lobi, Eri Abittan …

Country:  
France

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:  
16+


Bachelors in isolation (2013)

Our list continues with a French comedy film where a guy meets a girl’s parents, which leads to an unexpected turn of events. Thomas is getting ready to marry Lily, while his father-in-law Gilbert is going through a real crisis. He is sick of family life, he wants to revel, as in his youth. But a boring wife will definitely not like such conversations. 50-year-old Gilbert persuades his future son-in-law to abandon the wedding and run away so as not to repeat the mistakes of the older generation. But what will come of all this?

Original title:
Les gamins

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Alain Shabat, Max Boublil, Sandrine Kiberlen …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Easy Virtue (2008)

The next film on the list of the best films about meeting relatives will introduce us to an interesting couple. Larita is a bright and relaxed American. John Whitaker is a prim, inflexible and dependent Englishman. But despite all the contradictions, the characters of the film are madly in love with each other and want to get married. After the wedding, the young people go to visit the groom’s family – to the English family estate. Upon arrival in the British province, a confrontation begins between John’s mother, an ardent guardian of traditions, and his wife, an ardent, masterful American.

Original title:  
Easy Virtue

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth

Country:  
Great Britain, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:  
16+


Guess who? (2005)

Simon is a fairly successful young man for his age. He has a good job, a savings bank account, a girlfriend and bright prospects for the future. However, with regard to his personal life, here the guy will face a serious test – he will have to get acquainted with his beloved family. The girl’s father is black, and he is against his daughter dating a white man, albeit an ideal one. And if Simon will be able to win the trust of the future father-in-law, you will find out by watching this funny comedy about a guy meeting his parents.

Original title:
Guess Who

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, Zoe Saldana …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Hello family! (2005)

The large Stone family traditionally gathers to celebrate Christmas in the family mansion. One of the sons, Everett, will bring his fiancee home for the first time to meet his family. The heroine of the film is sweet, smart, beautiful and dreams of being liked by future relatives, but it’s not so easy if the whole large family of six people is set against you in advance.

Original title:  
The Family Stone

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:  
Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:  
12+


If the mother-in-law is a monster … (2005)

The unfortunate heroine of this movie about meeting her parents will have to feel in her own skin what it is like when your mother-in-law is ready to kill you from the world. Charlotte, along with her fiancé, goes to visit her mother-in-law – to get acquainted. A naive girl dreams of becoming friends with her lover’s mother. But she still does not know that the domineering Viola, a mother with clear signs of the owner, will do everything to destroy the upcoming wedding.

Original title:
Monster-in-Law

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda, Michael Vartan …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


June Beetle (2005)

According to the plot of the film, a gallerist from Chicago, Madeleine, marries George, a southerner. For some reason, his relatives do not come to the celebration, and after a while the newlyweds themselves go to North Carolina. In the paternal house of the newly-made husband, Madeleine is waiting for a strict and picky mother of the family, a closed father, a gloomy youngest son and his very pregnant and very talkative wife. Two cultures will collide on the same territory, exposing all hidden problems, anxieties and resentments.

Original Title :
Junebug

Genre:
Drama, Comedy

Actors:
Embeth Davidtz, Amy Adams, Scott Wilson…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.9


Meeting the Fockers (dilogue, 2004 and 2010)

The hero of the film, Greg Faker, although not without loss, has already experienced an acquaintance with the parents of his beloved. Now the long-awaited wedding is planned. It’s time to introduce both families – the parents of the bride and groom. A stern retired CIA agent and his wife go to the Fockers’ house in Miami. And there they will have unforgettable impressions and a lot of funny situations, because Fakers are very specific people.

Original title:
Meet the Fockers

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Meet the Parents (2000)

Retired CIA officer Jack Burns is preparing to meet his daughter’s lover and this meeting promises to be hot. A simple orderly Greg Faker will have to try to ingratiate himself with the harsh future father-in-law. The poor fellow is waiting for interrogations, surveillance and even a lie detector test. And all this in order to propose to her beloved in the circle of her family. Whether the hero will be able to carry out his plan, you will find out by watching this comedy film about the acquaintance of an unlucky guy with the bride’s parents.

Original title:  
Meet the Parents

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:  
12+


Blue Bloods (2000)

The action of the comedy film takes place in the family estate of the Marshwoods. It is there that Lord Nigel Marshwood is heading with his bride, rising Hollywood star Miranda Frale. For the mother of the groom, acquaintance with a special ignoble blood is a real shock. By virtue of her upbringing, she tries not to show how much she is outraged by this unequal marriage, but barbs strive to escape her tongue. In addition, her former lover, the always drunk, eccentric actor Don Lucas, is following the American. It seems that serious passions will soon boil in the estate of aristocrats .

Original title:
Relative Values

​​Genre :
Comedy

Actors:
Julie Andrews, Edward Utterton, William Baldwin …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.5

Age Limits :
12+


Father of the Bride (1991)

For the hero of the film, George Banks, the owner of a sneaker factory, there is no such guy who would fit his little princess as a husband . But the princess is already 22, and she herself has the right to decide who will become her chosen one. Returning from Italy, the girl announces her engagement. The upcoming hasty wedding literally drives the bride’s father crazy. And the situation is aggravated by the need to meet the groom’s parents, large expenses and pre-wedding turmoil.

Original title:  
Father of the Bride

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, family

Actors:  
Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams-Paisley …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:  
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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