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Ben Stiller: From Slapstick to Satire

Posted January 22, 2010 to photo album "Ben Stiller: From Slapstick to Satire"

For Ben Stiller, Greenberg is only the last in a parade of remarkable characters. Click through his slide show.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: Reality Bites (1994)
Slide 3: Flirting with Disaster (1996)
Slide 4: There's Something about Mary (1998)
Slide 5: Permanent Midnight (1998)
Slide 6: Mystery Men (1999)
Slide 7: Meet the Parents (2000)
Slide 8: Zoolander (2001)
Slide 9: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story  (2004)
Slide 10: Tropic Thunder (2008)
Slide 7: Meet the Parents (2000)

Slide 7: Meet the Parents (2000)

Ben Stiller took his loser persona to new heights (lows?) in Jay Roach’s wildly successful comedy about a sweet, sincere fellow, Greg Focker (Stiller), whose taken home to, well, meet the parents (Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner). Wanting desperately to put his best foot forward, Stiller instead sticks his foot in his mouth, in the muck, and in any variety of unpleasant situations. The comic team of Stiller and De Niro works so well partially because, as the Village Voice’s Jessica Winter suggests, “Ben Stiller's unfailingly inventive, often quite touching abilities as an all-occasion punching bag.”