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In preparation for his daughter's wedding, dentist Sheldon Kornpett meets Vince Ricardo, the groom's father. Vince, a manic fellow who claims to be a government agent, then proceeds to drag... See full summary »

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Carol Kornpett
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Barbara Kornpett
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Jean Ricardo
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Edgardo (as Alvaro Carcano)
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In preparation for his daughter's wedding, dentist Sheldon Kornpett meets Vince Ricardo, the groom's father. Vince, a manic fellow who claims to be a government agent, then proceeds to drag Sheldon into a series of chases and misadventures from New York to Central America. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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The FIRST Certified Crazy Person's Comedy. See more »


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After The In-Laws (2003) came out, Alan Arkin called Peter Falk to congratulate him on all the great reviews he was getting from critics recalling the original as they trashed the remake. See more »

Goofs

When the car chase first leaves the Kornpett's driveway the first Government vehicle loses the hubcap from the front wheel on the driver's side as it makes the right turn onto the cross street. All of the following scenes that show the Government vehicles show them with both hubcaps on the driver's side. See more »

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Vince Ricardo: Sometimes I'm so smart I scare myself.
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Referenced in Kid Notorious: The Nazi Party (2003) See more »

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A classic of American comedy.
30 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is truly one of the most under-appreciated comedies of all time. Peter Falk and Alan Arkin are magnificent. It was shamed by the abhorrent re-make/re-visit of 2003. Don't judge this original by that pathetic after birth. Two scenes stand out as 'need to see.' The first meeting between Falk and Arkin and the subsequent dinner has many a classic line, 'Beaks? The flies had beaks?' and 'There's tremendous red-tape in the bush.' The landing in Tihara and the car chase that follows including the famous 'Serpentine!' sequence makes me laugh out loud with every viewing. 'They make a chicken sandwich. They heat it up, serve it on a hard roll, with orange juice or pineapple juice, y'know grande, a big one. And coffee. Espresso with that wonderful foam. Oh Jesus Pigs!'

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, treat yourself to this classic. If you like Monty Python, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen and the like, you will absolutely enjoy The In Laws.


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