When prospective fathers-in-law Steve Tobias and Jerry Peyser meet for the first time to celebrate their childrens 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 hes giving potential father-of-the-bride Jerry a serious case of pre-nuptial jitters. Steves 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 daughters perfectly planned wedding blowing up in his face. As far as Jerrys 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 Steves 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.
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THE IN-LAWS (2003) ** Michael Douglas, Albert Brooks, Ryan Reynolds,Lindsay Sloane, Maria Ricossa, Candice Bergen, Robin Tunney, DavidSuchet. Pointless remake of the comedy classic about the odd couplingof in-laws to be (this time its podiatrist Brooks and rogue CIA opDouglas replacing Alan Arkin and Peter Falk) at odds with one anotherprior to their offspring's' upcoming nuptials mixing internationalintrigue with assorted comic neuroses. The tech heavy storyline isupped from the original with Douglas coming off as a sleek James Bondtype and Brooks milking his dead-pan one-liners for all their worth yetthe film overall is a waste of time; by all means rent or better yetbuy the original. (Dir: Andrew Fleming)
This review is from: The In-Laws (1979) / The In-Laws (2003) (Double Feature) (DVD) This duo DVD package deal is the best I've ever come across. A must have for spy comedy lovers! Buy it right away!
This review is from: The In-Laws (1979) / The In-Laws (2003) (Double Feature) (DVD) I didn't know I was getting 2 dvds, that was a nice surprise. That said, I am glad that it was included because I wouldn't give a dime for the new version. I really like Mike Douglas, but this was really beneath him. The first Inlaws was hilarious. Highly recommend the first. the second is a waste of time. So the 5 stars is for the original.
This is one of those films that is really painful to watch. There areplenty of times where it should have been funny - sometimes even hilarious,but all the jokes fall flat. There is nothing that's right with this film. The mixing of comedic genres just doesn't work. The comedic timing is wayoff. The direction is flat, the story is lame & it really serves no purposebut to rob unsuspecting viewers of 90 or so minutes of their precious timeon this earth. Even if you are a BIG fan of some of the actors in thisfilm, don't see this film unless you want to dislike them instantly fromhere on out. Avoid
This review is from: The In-Laws (1979) / The In-Laws (2003) (Double Feature) (DVD) Lots of zany laughs one would expect from Peter Faulk. The first film was better than the Michael Douglas version
This review is from: The In-Laws (Widescreen Edition) (DVD) I love this movie, I'm a huge fan of the "Action-Comedy" genre, like: I Spy, Showtime, etc...And this movie fits that genre perfectly. Albert Brooks and Michael Douglas have great chemistry, with Michael Douglas being an awesome spy and Albert Brooks playing his typical worrisome, always complaining character. They are perfect together.The DVD has some special features but I don't really care about them, I spent just a few dollars on the DVD so I'm just happy to have a hard copy of this movie.Its really a fun movie so you should get it if you like laughing or awesomeness.
I did not see the original (but I understand it was a hoot!) but thisre-make is just hilarious! I was laughing so loud that I missed some linesso I might just have to go see it again. I already knew Albert Brooks wasfunny from his days of stand-up in the 70's but Michael Douglas was awelcome surprise! He was hanging tuff with Albert Brooks in the "laughdepartment" and both were on top of their game. Another welcome surprisewas to see K.C. And The Sunshine Band make a cameo appearance in the movie. It's not always easy to make a good action/comedy, but this was on themoney! This duo can now join the ranks of Will Smith/Martin Lawrence,Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker, Robert Deniro/Billy Crystal so move over guys,there's two new "funny bones" in town!
This review is from: The In-Laws (1979) / The In-Laws (2003) (Double Feature) (DVD) The acting is superb, as usual, from these stars, but the story is a little slow developing. Once the plot gets moving, it's very entertaining. Not the best movie Peter ever made, but you can see his characterizations developing into the Columbo character later in his career. This is well worth watching........better than most of today's movies.
Of course I am too young to even remember the original. or if I was old enough to remember, I did not see the original...but with that said, the movie was not that good to be honest. It was totally weird, and quite boring...not at all what I expected out of this ensemble cast!!! Skip this one!!
Being unfamiliar with the 1979 version, I thought this movie was a comedy. I was unaware it was more of a spy movie than anything else. I was disappointed. I was expecting more of a FATHER OF THE BRIDE type story line.
French people saying 'fanny pack' pretty much sums this up. Aimedsquarely at the American market - it won't appeal much to anyone else,except those who are too easily amused. I can understand Douglasgetting involved - vanity. How actors of the calibre of Suchet andTunney were persuaded to participate, is less clear.There are a few good comic moments, but the greatest laughs come fromseeing a positively geriatric Michael Douglas attempting -unsuccessfully - some rather basic fight moves. How he didn't dohimself a serious injury is a mystery. Suchet is suitably hammy andTunney is always good to watch, but that's all the positives.That about sums it up. Bad writing, bad direction, and a star whoshould have retired 10 years ago. Give it a miss.
The best comedy all year. Even funnier then Bruce Almighty, at least thejokes never seem to wear out in this movie. The film is about JerryPeyser(Albert Brooks) an uptight foot doctor, preparing for his daughterMelissa's(Lindsay Sloane, big red from Bring It On) wedding. He finallymeets the grooms father named Steve Tobias(Michael Douglas). But things really get crazy when Jerry discovers thatSteve is actaully a secret agent, and he gets dragged in on one of hismissions. Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks are laugh out loud funny team.You can really tell they were having a ball. It has great action and greatlaughs.
This is not a Woody Allen type film. It is not a satire or spoof. It isnot a drama nor comical examination of American customs. It is not crudeeither although there are a few moments. It took awhile to be sure exactlywhere this film was going but then I loved it.The photos do not do it justice and the only reason I went to see it wasbecause Michael Douglas and a few of his family were in it so I was curious. It actually was a new take on weddings and made the wedding seem so muchmore fun than people who over plan and want weddings to be so perfect. By mixing the world of spys with wedding reception it makes you actuallywant to go to the wedding. If you see the film you will understand. Theraindrop song scene makes everyone kids again and makes getting married seemlike the adventure it should be rather than a stuffy event that grown upscan turn them into.This film was such a surprise. I had scene Bruce Almighty and Daddy Day Carewhich were both funny but not crude as comedies have recently been. (Almighty is a classic) But In Laws was really funny reminded me of therare film That Man from Rio. I could have seen a few actors playing thebride's father like Danny Devito but this worked. Douglas is as cool asever. While obviously aimed at adults I actually went back to see this filmagain and brought my 8, 14,and 15 year daughters. I am sure few kids haveseen this but parents perversely and regularly let kids see dark films likeAmerican Pie. My kids would never had seen In Laws but they loved it. There is nothing explicit or bad in here for kids except one kind of grosskiss but no big deal. This film is ultimately uplifting and has a style allof its own. My kids danced in the aisle after the film was over. I have totake others of all ages to see it.
The movie was not nearly as bad as everybody makes it out to be. It wasvery fun and any boy growing up in the reformed Jewish temple canidentify with the Albert Brooks character. It was exciting as a spythriller. after the movie was over I was looking forward to the furtheradventures of the In-laws. but that will never happen. The scene inBarbara Streisnads private airplane was funny. Albert Brooks is theking of the one liners, and Michael Douglas was very good as theveteran spy who was not there for his son but does try to make it up tohim. Like catering in KC and the Sunshine Band at the rehearsal dinner.Alan Arkin and Peter Falk were more believable as in laws that learn tolike each other but Andrew Flemings handles the updated story withflair and Chutzpah. its not in Theatres anymore But catch it on cableor DVD. Thanks..
This review is from: The In-Laws (Full Screen Edition) (DVD) Rented this movie, and ordeed it from Amazon ten minutes after it was over. This is a very funny movie. The original, with Peter Falk was great, but I feel that this one is even better. Michael Douglas is great in his role. Put this one on your list if you like a good comedy.
I don't enjoy comedies. And I was hard-pressed to consent to watching"The In-Laws" when my mother bought it from the discount section inBlockbuster--but, I have to say how glad I am that I finally gave in!"The In-Laws" is one of the best movies you've never seen--it's kept asurprisingly low profile in spite of how entertaining it is. Thechemistry between Albert and Michael is superb, and the pacing of theentire film is very fluid, and very clever. An integral part of themovie is the soundtrack, which is amusing in itself, and how itseamlessly compliments the actions and lines of the movie."The In-Laws" is just plain fun. There's no shock value, no pretenses,and no reason not to enjoy this film!
I saw the new version of "The In-Laws" at a sneak preview last night. Ihesitate to call it a remake of the classic 1979 comedy because, well, ifthey done a true remake of the original movie, the new one would have beenfunny. "X2" has more laughs.POSSIBLE SPOILERS:The same general story applies here. Michael Douglas is a CIA agent whoseson is marrying foot doctor Albert Brooks' daughter. Douglas meets Brooksfor the first time and immediately sucks the meek doctor into his world ofinternational intrigue. So far, so good. Here, though, the problems begin.And they are many. Too many to list here. Suffice to say, the story makesabsolutely no sense, the direction is incoherent, and each joke lands withsuch a thud you actually start feeling bad for the actors.Douglas isn't given anything funny to do here. He pales in comparison toPeter Falk. (To be fair, Falk WAS given a great character, but he alsoplayed it to the hilt.) Andrew Fleming's direction has all the grace of anoil slick, careening wildly from action to "comedy" to sentimentalnonsense.The biggest waste, though, is Brooks. Any director should be thrilled tohave him in a comedy; Brooks could read a menu and it would be funny. Butmost of his dialogue is given to shrieks of fear and complaints that he'sgoing to die, or that he wants nothing to do with Douglas. He's moreannoying than funny. (Candice Bergen is also given nothing to do, but noone's going to see this for her.)As it stands, the new "In-Laws" is a remake in name and general plotoutlineonly. To say otherwise is to diminish the genius of Andrew Bergman, PeterFalk, and Alan Arkin. Come to think of it, if you really want to laugh,saveyour 10 bucks, and rent the original. As of May 11, 2003, "The In-Laws" ismy worst film of the year. And I've seen "Daredevil".
just a filler movie...plot is minimal, some funny scenes...a good onetimer..but don't expect a ton. if michael douglas was not in the movie,itwouldn't even be worth seeing...2/5 stars..
If the sight of Albert Brooks in red bikini briefs turns you on, this isyour film. If the idea of Albert Brooks in red bikini briefs doesn't turn you on, you may wish to skipthis one. Even fans of Albert Brooks Â and I'm one Â may find the image burned horriblyinto their minds. Some things are just not meant to be seen.
Not the worst movie I ever saw....well...maybe. The only thing that couldhave made this show any more painful would be to have had Al Pacino in theoveracted Michael Douglas role and having to endure that raspy voice for twohours...I mean really!! Douglas and Albert Brooks on a jet ski???Unbelievably bad. Police Academy meets Weekend at Bernie's. None of thecharacters were likeable, except liking to hate the scene stealing CandiceBergan. Just imagine the villain being openly gay and swishing, thegood-guys a band of inept Keystone Kop FBI agents, Brooks whining constantlywhile Douglas acted the ham, add in a convoluted plot, and what do youhave???...me, wanting my eight dollars back about 7 minutes into thistragedy. Now I know why the cute double agent lady was never heard fromafter her fall off of a motor boat...she held her breath and swam to Egypt.