The In-Laws

2006-03-30 12:02
 

When prospective fathers-in-law Steve Tobias and Jerry Peyser meet for the first time to celebrate their children's upcoming marriage, the cake hits the fan. Dr. Jerome Peyser is a mild-mannered podiatrist with a well-organized daily routine designed to eliminate all possible sources of stress.

Meanwhile, daredevil CIA operative Steve Tobias moves through life like a heat-seeking missile. His average day consists of dodging bullets, stealing private jets and negotiating with international arms smugglers. Now he's giving potential father-of-the-bride Jerry a serious case of pre-nuptial jitters.

Steve's dramatic entrances and exits, his cryptic references to a Russian runaway named Olga and his fight with a gunman in a restaurant washroom causes Jerry to see a vision of his daughter's perfectly planned wedding blowing up in his face. As far as Jerry's concerned, letting Steve into his family takes "til death do us part" way too literally.

Before he can say the wedding is off, Jerry suddenly finds himself embroiled in the chaos that follows in Steve's wake as he is dragged kicking and screaming into a series of perilous adventures that take the mismatched in-laws-to-be halfway around the world.

What the critics are saying:

"A buddy comedy for the middle-aged isn't a bad idea. This uncertain farce is."
- Nev Pierce, BBCi

"With its overblown script striving for maximum wackiness and cheap laughs...The In-Laws walks a thin line between funny and dumb in an inebriated stupor."
- Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDwire

"Everything sly and low-key about The In-Laws, a 1979 comedy about a dentist (Alan Arkin) and a rogue CIA agent (Peter Falk)... is supersized and coarsened in Andrew Fleming's remake."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


Any possible comic potential between Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks is squashed beneath a limp script and a jumble of embarrassing comic set pieces.

Belinda 2003/08/20 9:47 AM
In laws I thought that was really classical it is not one of those typical moveis that you can guess what is going to happen next it really is good
Vanessa Retief 2003/09/01 7:21 PM
Shanghai Knights It was hilarious - an absolute scream!!!! The bloopers at the end had everyone in stitches. Shanghai Noon
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