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The In-Laws (2003)

The In-Laws

Overview


Genre

Comedy

Release Date

May 23, 2003

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

98 min.

Studio

Warner Bros.

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Andrew Fleming

Producer

Bill Gerber, Elie Samaha, Joel Simon, Bill Todman Jr.

Screenwriter

Nat Mauldin, Ed Solomon

Starring

Story


When prospective fathers-in-law Steve Tobias (MICHAEL DOUGLAS) and Jerry Peyser (ALBERT BROOKS) 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. In his functional (if unfashionable) fanny pack he keeps a sanitary drinking cup in case he needs a sip of water away from home, a couple of Lorna Doones in case his blood sugar slumps a few points between meals, and a personal security alarm - just in case.

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. Steve's unpredictable lifestyle has already driven ex-wife Judy (CANDICE BERGEN) to an ashram for some peace and has strained his relationship with son Mark (RYAN REYNOLDS) - possibly beyond repair. 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 cause Jerry to see a vision of his daughter's (LINDSAY SLOANE) 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. Adding insult to injury is Steve’s partner Angela (ROBIN TUNNEY), a dedicated agent who doesn’t hide her hostility toward the uncooperative doctor who is - for better or worse - along for the ride.

But when their children are in danger, Jerry and Steve will discover they can truly be an effective team - as jet pack meets fanny pack in this riotous remake of the 1979 comedy The In-Laws.

Franchise Pictures presents a Gerber Pictures Production, in association with Furthur Films and MHF Erste Academy Film GmbH & Co. Produktions KG, a film by Andrew Fleming: Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks in The In-Laws, starring Robin Tunney, Ryan Reynolds and Candice Bergen. The film is directed by Andrew Fleming from a screenplay by Nat Mauldin and Ed Solomon, based on the screenplay The In-Laws, by Andrew Bergman. Bill Gerber, Elie Samaha, Bill Todman, Jr. and Joel Simon are the producers; Andrew Stevens, Tracee Stanley and Oliver Hengst are the executive producers. David Coatsworth is co-producer. The director of photography is Alexander Gruszynski; production designer, Andrew McAlpine; and editor, Mia Goldman, A.C.E. Executive music producer is Ralph Sall. The In-Laws will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. It is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for "suggestive humor, language, some drug references and action violence."

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..it's likely to be the only Hollywood comedy of the summer to operate off wit instead of bathroom gags..”
by William Arnold [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
“..surprisingly enjoyable..”
by Rich Cline [Shadows on the Wall]
“..what isn't on display is Brooks' ability to bust viewers' guts..”
by Tor Thorsen [Reel]