Ben Stiller as Gaylord Fokker - page 2

by mcknis

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So I saw the following thread on another forum and thought I'd get your thoughts on it. "Did Ben Stiller seem like he would make a good male nurse in " Meet the Parents"1 Sorry just a funny post. DO you think he portrayed the... Read More


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    haha...ya. I sarcastically told him "ya I was a cheerleader in highschool and that's why I became a nurse." I think that he actually believed me haha. I still want the round house tho.

    -David
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    Quote from the bridge
    Even though everything in our society is fair game when it comes to comedy, I was very unhappy with how demeaning this film was towards the nursing profession. There was the running gag of every time Stiller said he was going into nursing, everyone would ask him why he wasn't going to be a doctor instead. ... does this film actually point out what a pathetic career nursing is compared to being a doctor? Perhaps this is how our society actually perceives nurses: People who were to intimidated to try to be a doctor and chose the easier path and merely became nurses?
    That reminds me of another negative portrayal in entertainment... I can remember watching Grey's Anatomy with my wife, way before I began the transition to nursing. There were several times where the cast would roll their eyes. All the docs in the show were lithe and vivacious, and all of the nurses were battered old hags with low IQs, like the lunch lady.

    I even remember the quote "God, I hate nurses" in that show. Even then I was like "***..why?" Oh well, it was a stupid show anyway. If one want to watch a ridiculous show that is actually entertaining, they might as well watch House, M.D.

    As far as "Meet the Parents" goes, I think the joke rests on irony- we know that men are nurses and its a great career, but it still sounds funny to many people and for now there is an inescapable titter. What's really funny though is that while my friends are imprisoned in cubicles buried in paperwork that has little meaning in the grand scheme of things, we're going to be doing a more rewarding job (and in some cases reaping larger rewards of all kinds). I have a lawyer friend who said that I can probably do more justice these days as a nurse than I can probably do as a lawyer.

    PS I think "Something about Mary" was 100 times funnier than "Meet the Parents", if I remember correctly, though both were great.
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    That is one of my favorite movies too! LOL [I know I shouldn't be posting over here shhh....LOL don't tell!]- I love Ben Stiller! He was a really good nurse- other than the beginning though you didn't really get to see him as a nurse- but it was awesome.
    ~Audrey

    Ps. any other movies about Nurses? I liked Patch Adams [I know he became a Dr. but it still has to do with Treating Patients/ and there are some nurses in it- and the nurses in that movies kicked butt! LOL] Very sad movie though....
    Last edit by Audrey28 on Jul 11, '08
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    You know it is so important to give something back
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    What I found to be SO hilarious, is that father-in-law is so much like the father character in that movie. I've been married to his daughter for 25 years and, to this day, he will NOT tell his friends that I am a nurse. He says "He's a, uh, uh, medic, that's right, a medic.":chuckle
    I think Stiller made a good nurse.
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    Quote from Audrey28
    That is one of my favorite movies too! LOL [I know I shouldn't be posting over here shhh....LOL don't tell!]- I love Ben Stiller! He was a really good nurse- other than the beginning though you didn't really get to see him as a nurse- but it was awesome.
    ~Audrey

    Ps. any other movies about Nurses? I liked Patch Adams [I know he became a Dr. but it still has to do with Treating Patients/ and there are some nurses in it- and the nurses in that movies kicked butt! LOL] Very sad movie though....
    How about Miss Evers' Boys? I think it will be a great film to show for our nursing students (an us nurses too). What would you have done if you were in that nurse's shoes?
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    Funny movie, terrable and degrading protrail of nurses in general and men in nursing specificaly.
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    Really...I felt that movie sold him as a Hero. One of the few male nurse images in the media that I can think of...Wonderful thing for the profession because people believe about us what they see on TV.

    It addressed the steriotype "Your a MALE Nurse Greg? Why didn't you become a Dr?" But it allowed him to give his side of the story...and that he could have gone to med. school if we wanted.

    As a female nurse, I cheer for any positive portrayal of a nurse on TV..its good for all of us. It shouldn't matter whether you are male or female anyway for this profession.
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    Quote from Sehille4774
    Really...I felt that movie sold him as a Hero. One of the few male nurse images in the media that I can think of...Wonderful thing for the profession because people believe about us what they see on TV.

    It addressed the steriotype "Your a MALE Nurse Greg? Why didn't you become a Dr?" But it allowed him to give his side of the story...and that he could have gone to med. school if we wanted.

    As a female nurse, I cheer for any positive portrayal of a nurse on TV..its good for all of us. It shouldn't matter whether you are male or female anyway for this profession.
    *** My perception is that he came across as weak and disagree that it was a positive portayal of men in nursing.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    *** My perception is that he came across as weak and disagree that it was a positive portayal of men in nursing.
    Well....obviously I am no expert on the topic or really even what male nurses have to deal with in the profession...A vague idea, perhaps.

    They did paint him as a whimpy kinda soft guy I'll give you that, But I liked that they showed him as a smart person who had a high score on his m-cats, that nursing dispite, COMMON public opinion is not a fallback for those who cant hack med school...(Didn't they have him as a nurse manager or something?)
    At least it's something..

    Its kinda sad that in nursing, in 2012, we still so often deal with the same bed-pan toting perception that we did in the 50's.
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