The 10 Best Late-Period Robert De Niro Performances

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4. Meet the Parents (2000)
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4. Meet the Parents (2000)

It's been tainted by two lousy sequels and painted as self-parody, but De Niro's comic work as unsmiling and judgmental potential father-in-law Jack Byrnes is a crisp, well-modulated comic performance. Before those schtickier sequels, De Niro plays Jack relatively straight, unveiling a strong deadpan with which to flummox the easily flummoxable Ben Stiller.

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