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Not to be confused with the movie Meet the Parents or its sequels, Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers. See Meet the In-Laws for situations where someone is. The Parent Trap is a Disney live-action film that has been filmed twice. On meeting, they plot to get their parents back together, a plot that involves each. A page for describing Characters: Meet The Parents. Note: This page was All three non-ZCE examples have been moved to the film page. [Discar]. Creating.
Adoption Is Not an Option: A couple who are struggling to have children never think about adopting a kid. A character has a parental figure missing from their life without any explanation as to why.
Characters' actions and similarities suggest they might be related. Parents remain on good terms with each other despite being divorced. A character treats their family members coldly at work to avoid committing nepotism. An imposing mother figure. A robot or an Artificial Human that is treated as their creator's own child. Awkward Father-Son Bonding Activity: A father tries to bond with his son, who is quite reluctant to do so.
A couple is shown to have started a family at the end of the story. A family who battles together. A musical group comprised of relatives.Meet the Parents - Saying Grace
A horribly bleak, loveless, and all around dysfunctional family. A character who sticks out from the rest of their family. Bonding Over Missing Parents: A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: A family where the children consist of one son, one daughter, and a baby of either gender.
Siblings who work together. A family who kills and eats their dinner guests. Cain and Abel and Seth: Two well known siblings have a third sibling no one really pays much thought to. Characters who have nieces and nephews but never any children of their own.
Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: The mother is plump while the father is thin. A large extensive family, often one of nobility. A family where the parents aren't legally married for some reason. A relative that lives out in the rural south. A very strange or downright scary family, often one literally of supernatural origin. A DNA test done to figure out who a child's father is. Dad's Off Fighting in the War: A character's parents are off fighting in a war. Denying the Dead Parent's Sins: A character refuses to believe that their deceased parent has a dark past.
Did Not Die That Way: A family member's death turns out to be not what a character thought it was. Dinner and a Show: When dysfunctional families eat together, fights are likely to break out. A divorced parent who spoils their children. Don't Split Us Up: Siblings are threatened with being separated from each other by divorce or foster care. A character doesn't want their family to know about their criminal activities. A grandparent who's hip and spoils their grandchildren.
Two pairs of siblings are married to each other. The Dreaded Pretend Tea Party: When a family has a young daughter, it's inevitable that one of the members will be subjected to one of her pretend tea parties. The family where everyone behaves as though they don't like each other.
A character treats their elderly family members horribly, either by physical abuse or Financial Abuse. A character who splits off from their parents. A home where a couple's children have grown up and left the house. Family members never show up for their relative's important life events.
Evil characters have their mother as their Morality Pet. A mother or mother figure who is terribly wicked to her children. The villainous nephew who plots to murder his uncle. Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Villainous characters who become parents strive to raise their children to be model citizens. A business such as a store or a restaurant that's owned by a family. Family reunions are a source of major drama.
Families with a huge degree of honor and respect expect their members to live up to it.
Unrelated characters treat each other as though they were family. The Family That Slays Together: A family of murderers or other kinds of rogues. A character is a descendant of someone famous.
A child expresses an innocent desire to marry a family member. Families who despise each other to the point of actually going to war. A character abuses their family member by using money to control them. Friends Are Chosen, Family Aren't: A character has a bad relationship with their family but a good relationship with their friends. A grandparent left in charge of their grandchildren is too senile to keep a proper eye on them.
A character lives a happy life with their adoptive family. A hairstyle that's passed down through a family. Family members are shown laughing and joking with each other around a table.
Former flower children that have become parents. A character is mistreated or killed by their family for the sake of preserving the family's honor. A character who is considered an honorary member of their friend's family. How Dad Met Mom: A character tells their children the story of how they met their spouse. I Am Not My Father: 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.
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.
Meet the In-Laws
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. Jack in the first film never faces any real consequence for bullying Greg.
The second film is better about this. You could say the two heart attacks in the third film are Jack's karma.
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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.
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.
The Maiden Name Debate: In the second movie, Pam confirms that she will indeed take Greg's name, she doesn't care how embarassing it may sound. Inverted; although Greg scored top marks in medical school, he chose to be a nurse so he could spend more time with patients. Jack and the rest of the Byrnes family which include several doctors themselves grill him on why he just didn't become a doctor and even refuse to believe he passed his MCAT with top marks.
One of the plot points of the third film. The headmistress of the school in the third film mistakes Greg and Jack for being married. Happens to Greg when he gets kicked off an airplane in the first movie. Towards the end of the third film. Greg tries to present a peace offering to Jack, who looks like he's about ready to accept, until he punches Greg in the face.
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Jessica Alba shows a lot in Little Fockers. This is Murphy's Law: Greg by the third movie, able to stand up for himself against Jack's usual misunderstandings. Dina's the only member of Pam's family who is remotely nice to Greg.