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The In-Laws (Full Screen)

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  • Actors: Albert Brooks, Michael Douglas, Ryan Reynolds, Lindsay Sloane, Michael Bodnar
  • Directors: Andrew Fleming
  • Writers: Andrew Bergman, Ed Solomon, Nat Mauldin
  • Producers: Andrew Stevens, Bill Gerber, Bill Todman Jr., David Coatsworth
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: Feb. 8 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000BWTIA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,216 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Family matters. Laughing matters. They're all a matter of laugh or death as Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks play opposites thrust together by their children's wedding and by CIA agent Douglas' involvement in an arms-smuggling sting operation, plunging mild-mannered podiatrist Brooks into the world of international intrigue.

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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I saw this film having been unaware it was a remake prior to seeing the DVD. The premise seems amusing but as the movie proceeds the the characters' actions and reactions just don't make much sense. Fortunately, Michael Douglas carries his role well and Albert Brooks adeptly plays the role of the in-law caught up in dangerous drama he can't comprehend. The absurdity of how the plot proceeds is the source of comedy in this film, while the idea of the FBI chasing a potentially rogue deep-cover CIA agent isn't actually that strange - frankly I find the agencies themselves to be rogue operations relevant to the interests of common citizens. Getting back to the story, the spy's son and the doctor's daughter are due to be married and the Douglas character is juggling the wedding preparations with his latest spy operation. Now that Brooks' character is about to become "family" the spy decides to involve him in company business. This can appear funny or unsettling, depending upon how one identifies with the characters. It is almost in the vein of "Meet The Parents" in some ways, but the laughs are fewer and less effective here. This film has its moments but is generally just an average quality comedy and not the best vehicle for these actors.
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Since Hollywood seems to be running out of ideas for original movie plots, I have a feeling that more updated remakes like 2003's The In Laws, are in the offing. If the film being remade is already a classic, then the update has a lot to live up to, and I'm always leary...I am a fan of the 1979 version of this film, starring Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, after watching the new film--I find myself disappointed
The Peyser and Tobias families are about to come together and celebrate the wedding of Mark (Ryan Reynolds)and Melissa (Lindsay Sloane). Little does the loving couple realize that their fathers are about to make their special day truly unforgettable. It seems that Mark's Dad Steve (Michael Douglas), is really an undercover CIA Agent, involved in a mission concerning illeagal weapons. Through a series of mishaps, the bride's father, Podiatrist Jerry (Albert Brooks) finds himself Steve's reluctant partner, helping him with the mission.
Director Andrew Flemming has big shoes to fill. For the most part, things turn out fair at best. A big problem I think is that Douglas is obviously miscast in the Falk role. Thankfully, Brooks is up to taking over for Arkin, and makes things watchable. The rest of the cast has their moments, especially Candice Begen, as Douglas's ex wife. The script is very predictable and the vital chemistry between the two men is forced and all one sided. As good as Brooks is--Douglas seems like he is out of step--therefore they don't hold a candle to Falk and Arkin.
The extras on the DVD are not really all that great. The only saving grace is the audio ommentary by Fleming. He, like Brooks is for the film is the one bright spot amid sub par material.
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By A Customer on Nov. 6 2003
Format: DVD
A remake, especially those that follow outstanding performances of their predecessor, often fall short of achieving the same level of greatness. Released in May 2003 by Warner Brothers and directed by Andrew Fleming, this adaptation of the movie The In-Laws (1979) had "big shoes to fill". The original film starred the comedy duo Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, who played the fathers of the prospective bride and groom. Thrown together before their children tied the knot, Falk, who played an on-again/off-again CIA agent takes Arkin, a naïve somewhat neurotic dentist, on a crazy adventure in his world of espionage on the eve their children's wedding.
In the latest version of this action comedy, the plot follows this same line. Steve Tobias (Michael Douglas), an undercover CIA agent sometimes arms dealer, drags Jerry Peyser (Albert Brooks), a mild-mannered podiatrist who is obsessed with giving his daughter the "perfect" wedding, across the Atlantic to "broker a deal" with a French drug lord, Jean-Pierre Thibodoux (David Suchet). Tobias's entanglement with unsavory characters of the underworld and being constantly tailed by a flock of FBI agents combined with traditional wedding settings provides the audience with some hilarious situations. Douglas does an excellent job with his deadpan delivery, somewhat reminiscent of his performance in Romancing the Stone, while Brooks is a perfect foil for him as he peppers the film with his somewhat phobic antics. Angela (Robin Tunney), Tobias's sidekick in his world of espionage, often outwits a befuddled Jerry Peyser in these madcap adventures. Rounding out the cast is Candice Bergen, as ex-wife Judy, Lindsay Stone, as the bride-to-be, and fiancé Ryan Reynolds.
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"The In-Laws" provides 90-plus minutes of pure, unadulterated imbecility. This ersatz farce is a remake of the 1979 hit starring Alan Arkin and Peter Falk - material which, if this were a perfect world, would have been left rotting in the bargain bin of your local video store where it belongs. Instead, writers Nat Mauldin and Ed Solomon and director Andrew Fleming have seen fit to remount it, this time with Michael Douglas as the CIA agent who's been too busy out saving the world to forge a meaningful relationship with his son, and Albert Brooks as the uptight, neurotic podiatrist who learns he has to "stop and smell the roses" and live life to the full. The paths of these two mismatched men cross when their children decide to get married.
"The In-Laws" makes the mistake common to so many "madcap" comedies: it believes that by keeping the action moving along at a breakneck pace, we somehow won't notice that there really isn't anything all that terribly funny going on. The film could have been a riotous take-off on inter-familial complications (like "Meet the Parents"), but instead it degenerates into an anachronistic and wearying spy-spoof with the characters forced again and again into ridiculous and preposterous slapstick situations. The actors do their best under the circumstances, but the non-stop, frantic dithering on the part of both Douglas and Brooks becomes rather tiring after awhile.
This is one wedding you will definitely not want to attend.
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