The In-Laws (Full Screen) [Import]
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
"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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the cast is great, and it is a funny, entertaining movie. I like watching movies that take you away, and this one meets that requirementPublished on July 29 2013 by M. Richards
I've really enjoyed this movie. It's funny and enjoyable inspite of some negative reviews. Don't be critical but just take it for what it is. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2013 by Ritchie
Two nice movies to watch back to back.they are both nice and both different too, both movies well done hope they make a thridPublished on Dec 24 2012 by Wolf
Totally Hilarious - kept us laughing all of the way through the movie - a great cast. I recommend it highly!Published on Dec 4 2012 by Gordon Hansen
The remake with Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks is very funny.
The premise is pure screwball. Read more
Well, the kids are getting married. As usual the in-laws-to-be come from different environments. How different you may ask? Well you will just have to watch and find out. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2004 by bernie
Man this movie sucks!I heard it was bad but I had no idea it was this bad.The plot is stupid and I di not laugh once during the whole film.Hello! This is suppose to be a comedy. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by Mac
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