Meeting Daddy

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy

It's a big moment for Southern coed Melanie Branson (Alexandra Wentworth), when she introduces her boyfriend Peter Silverblatt (Josh Charles), a Nothern Jew, to her willful smalltown Georgia relatives. Can Peter navigate the rough waters of veiled bigotry and anti-urban prejudice? Can the Melanie-Peter union survive interference from Melanie's manipulative...read more

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It's a big moment for Southern coed Melanie Branson (Alexandra Wentworth), when she introduces her boyfriend Peter Silverblatt (Josh Charles), a Nothern Jew, to her willful smalltown Georgia relatives. Can Peter navigate the rough waters of veiled bigotry and anti-urban prejudice? Can the Melanie-Peter union survive interference from Melanie's manipulative father, Colonel Branson (Lloyd Bridges), selfish brother Larry (Beau Bridges), and bible-thumping sibling Dink (Walter Olkewicz)? During his stay chez Bransons, Peter placates the family, housecleans, fends off advances from Melanie's girlhood friend, and serves as temporary caregiver for the Colonel. When a flu bug fells the Bransons, Peter even becomes Florence Nightingale. He's got few shreds of dignity left, but his audition for son-in-law isn't over. Aims for black comedy, but mostly just shallow domestic farce. The invective about prospective in-laws hits home, but otherwise Gould's screenplay lacks the courage of its convictions and develops its city sophisticate-vs.-the crackers situation in careful increments. Holding his own against the masterful Lloyd Bridges, Charles remains a likeable foil; the problem is that we expect his character to rise above the pettiness of his surroundings, but he doesn't, and it's a let-down when he sinks to the level of these pesky antebellum horseflies. In fact, Peter's revenge tactics are even more mean-spirited.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: R
  • Review: It's a big moment for Southern coed Melanie Branson (Alexandra Wentworth), when she introduces her boyfriend Peter Silverblatt (Josh Charles), a Nothern Jew, to her willful smalltown Georgia relatives. Can Peter navigate the rough waters of veiled bigotry… (more)

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