The 20 Best Movie Scenes About Meeting the Parents That Are Almost Too Relatable

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Gearing up to meet your SO's parents can be almost as stressful as getting ready for a first date. What should you wear? What should you talk about? And what the heck are you going to do if they don't like you? Of course, you've totally got this. You're funny and smart. You love your boo. And you're going to win over their parents within seconds. Still, if you need a little extra de-stressor, these 20 best movie scenes about meeting the parents will remind you that everything is going to be fine. Better than fine — it's going to be fabulous.

Sure, movies aren't real life. And, yes, you're probably not going to have all of your problems magically solved in a 90-minute frame before running off into the sunset to a sappy love song. Still, seeing characters in movies going through the same things as you are IRL can help you feel validated and supported in moving forward in your own life. Whether you throw on a cheerful rom-com with a predictably happy ending and a soundtrack full of Top 40 hits, or you snuggle up to watch a more serious flick about identity, heritage, and intergenerational family conflict (something artsy people would refer to as a "film"), movies can help you get a better sense of yourself.

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No matter how long you've been seeing someone, meeting the family can be an important step in moving forward. You're building a life with a person you love, and it's only natural that you'd want to make a good impression with their family. And while you certainly don't need to stress over meeting someone's parents, it's totally normal to feel a little giddy or nervous about it. Although every relationship looks different, watching a silly clip or a heartwarming scene from one of your favorite movies may help you feel more confident and excited about taking this next step with your special someone.

And if you're feeling intimidated about meeting the people that raised your partner, here are 20 of the most iconic movie scenes about meeting someone's parents.

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