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Top 10 Awkward Meeting the Parents Movie Scenes

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Nick Spake. It’s time to sit around the dinner table and make a horrible first impression. Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 awkward meeting the parents movie scenes. For this list, we’re taking a look at big screen scenes in which a character meets their significant other’s parents with catastrophic results. We’ve all been there, but our there is no way that our experiences could be as bad as the characters on our list. Special thanks to our user kenn1987 for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Script written by Nick Spake.

Top 10 Awkward Meeting the Parents Movie Scenes

It’s time to sit around the dinner table and make a horrible first impression. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 awkward meeting the parents movie scenes.

For this list, we’re taking a look at big screen scenes in which a character meets their significant other’s parents with catastrophic results.

#10: Parents Weekend
“22 Jump Street” (2014)

Two of the most intimidating figures in any man’s life are their boss and their girlfriend’s father. For Officer Schmidt, both of these individuals are one and the same. At a parents’ weekend, Schmidt makes the alarming discovery that he’s been sleeping with his foulmouthed Captain’s daughter. Since they’re working an undercover assignment, neither is able to address the elephant in the room. The silence only makes matters more uncomfortable, however, as the Captain takes his rage out on the buffet and later tasers Schmidt back at the office.

#9: Meet the Grandparents
“Back to the Future” (1985)

Here’s a complicated – not to mention awkward – setup. After arriving in 1955, Marty McFly finds himself at a dinner table with his mother’s younger self and his grandparents. Marty walks on eggshells throughout the meal, doing his best not to divulge that he’s a relative from the future. The Baines family can tell something is amiss with this life preserver-wearing boy, though, who possesses forthcoming knowledge of “Honeymooners” reruns and John F. Kennedy. Marty’s only made more jumpy when his googly-eyed mother gets too close for comfort.

#8: Mrs. Coleman Comes to Dinner
“The Birdcage” (1996)

Afraid of upsetting her ultraconservative parents, Barbara steers away from telling them that her future in-laws are a gay nightclub owner, a drag queen, and Jewish to top it all off. This little, white lie spirals out of control as the families come together for dinner and, to everyone’s surprise, Nathan Lane’s Albert dons a fancy getup to play the role of Mother Goldman, er, we mean “Coleman.” What ensues is a farcical night of discussing controversial politics, eating out of some graphic dinner bowls, and the inevitable outing.

#7: Holy Shirts & Pants
“Wedding Crashers” (2005)

After crashing the wedding, John and Jeremy decide to extend their nonexistent invitations by crashing the Cleary family’s compound. While the weekend is full of awkward moments, nothing quite tops this uproarious dinner scene. The jokes fly by a mile a minute as grandma spouts homophobic slurs, the jerky boyfriend suffers from stomach issues, and Isla Fisher’s Gloria makes unwanted sexual advances towards Jeremy. All the while, the guys try to keep up the ruse that they’re venture capitalists. Amazingly, Christopher Walken is the least awkward person at the table.

#6: Easter Dinner
“Annie Hall” (1977)

Like most of Woody Allen’s characters, Alvy Singer makes no secret of his Jewish heritage. So Alvy naturally feels like a Jew among Germans when he sits down with Annie Hall and her folks to an Easter dinner. Although nobody says it, everyone sees the irony of a Jewish man eating ham and dining with Christians on the anniversary of Jesus’ resurrection. Alvy can only imagine how unbearable it would be for Annie’s tightlipped parents to meet his. All that’s missing from this awkward evening is a monologue from Christopher Walken.

#5: Frank & Beans
“There’s Something About Mary” (1998)

Talking with your own parents about bathroom accidents is embarrassing. Having such a conversation with your prom date’s parents is a nightmare. Ted reaches the pinnacle of humiliation in this immortal scene from “There’s Something About Mary” when his privates become intertwined with his zipper. To add insult to this painful injury, Mary’s mom and dad come in to investigate. Petrified, they ask Ted what they’re looking at in the most dignified way possible. The one person who doesn’t get to see Ted’s frank and beans that night is Mary.

#4: Angie’s Parents
“Pineapple Express” (2008)

No parent in their right mind would approve of Dale Denton dating their teenage daughter. Not only is he several years older than his girlfriend, Angie, he also spends most of his time smoking pineapple express with his pot dealer, Saul. Dale digs himself even deeper into his grave when he arrives late to dinner with Angie’s family as a drug lord’s lethal henchmen pursue him. The meeting only becomes more hostile when Saul shows up and is mistaken for one of the bad guys. What a buzzkill.

#3: Pipe-Hittin’ Bitches
“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (2013)

Ron Burgundy breaking bread with African Americans. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, for starters! Although his girlfriend’s family doesn’t seem to mind that Ron is white, the anchorman feels that he still needs to tear down the racial barriers anyway. He begins by telling Linda’s mother in great detail how he’s giving it to her daughter. He follows that up by casually talkin’ jive, dropping some incredibly vulgar words, and asking for gravy like a bro. In Ron’s oblivious mind, the night was still a complete success.

#2: Dorm Room Surprise
“American Pie 2” (2001)

“American Pie 2” starts off on a high note for Jim as the college freshman has relations with a girl on his tiny dorm bed. Jim’s five seconds of bliss come to an abrupt halt, however, when his dad pops in for a surprise. Instead of leaving immediately, Jim’s father feels that he needs to chat with the kids about human nature. Jim’s mom soon joins the embarrassing conversation, dropping her son’s favorite pie in the process. If Jim’s parents didn’t already ruin the mood, the girl’s parents certainly do.

Before we meet and greet our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Gwen’s Family
“The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012)
- Katharine Hepburn’s Family
“The Aviator” (2004)
- Costume Party
“That Awkward Moment” (2014)
- Fiona’s Parents
“Shrek 2” (2004)
- Mom, This is John
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967)

#1: I Have Nipples, Greg
“Meet the Parents” (2000)

As the title suggests, this comedy is one long, humiliating meeting of the parents. Greg instantly gets off on the wrong foot with Mr. and Mrs. Byrnes as he clarifies the pronunciation of his last name. The get-together escalates to the apex of awkwardness as Greg is caught in a lie at dinner and attempts to salvage his character by explaining the process of milking. With atrocious poetry, cats relieving themselves on human remains, and one of the funniest questions ever penned, how could this not take our top spot?

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