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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Top 10 comedy/action film

Author: LesHalles from Los Angeles
11 July 2002

The other reviews are all highly accurate. This is one of the funniest films ever made, as well as being a great action film.

I rate this much higher than the general of 7, however, because the film is a perfect work of art. Every line, every scene fowards the action and the comedy. This not a collection of skits and throw-away gags, like most Marx Brother's films- the humor derives from the situation, and the plot evolves completely from the premise. This qualifies it as a great work of art.

It is also a triumphant celebration of the joy of life that lifts the spirit, while acknowledging with open eyes the tragedy and suffering of life. Like the Marx Brother's films, this raises it above mere funny entertainment to the level of classic comedy.

This is a jewel of a film, and stands up well to repeated viewing.

If you like it, Simon is a more intellectual, farcicial comedy starring Alan Arkin that hilariously and pitilessly lampoons human egotism and the military/industrial establishment. This may be Arkin's funniest, most incredible performance.

Big Trouble is a a reteaming of some of the same talent that made this film. It is much more surrealistic and avant-garde, being directed by that greatest of American directors John Cassavetes.

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Author: smersh1999 from Tijara
6 September 2001

THE GREATEST COMEDY EVER--PERIOD. And who can forget Billy and Bing--aren't they sweethearts? You know, word has it that if Chiang Kai-Shek had made it back to the mainland Billy and Bing would have been co-anchors on the six o'clock evening news--THAT'S HOW BELOVED THEY WERE BACK THERE!!!

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Funny, funny funny

Author: jazzben ( from Albuquerque, NM
20 August 2001

This film has become my family's cult film. We watch it at least once a year. I know all of Peter Falk's lines by heart. "Serpentine Shell, serpentine". Can a comedy still be made that isn't about body parts, gross out sex or other kinds of potty humor? I hope so.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

perfectly cast, funny from start to finish

Author: briana-1 from perhaps too far north?
22 June 2001

People either LOVE this movie (like me) or wonder why they bothered releasing it in the theaters (not to mention why they would SELL videos of it). it certainly helps to see it with a veteran In-Laws fan, as watching them crackup is almost as funny as watching Arkin & Falk go back & forth for the movie.

Every one in the movie is perfectly cast (maybe not Tommy, but let's not quibble over that one), all the way down to Mr Hirschorn. You never really know what the real deal is until the end,and it's no use trying to guess what's coming next. just buckle up and enjoy the ride (over the ocean...?).

one not watch this for the 1st time on TV. The networks, even the cable ones, tend to cut too much to fit it into their time slots. and the commercial breaks ruin the continuity of the zaniness.

one of my favorite little touches to tell the newbies about - watch the black truck during the tihata highway car chase.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

A low-key but very funny, engaging, and timeless movie!

Author: uba from Very close to Englewood, NJ
29 September 2000

Many people don't remember this film, but those who do typically can recite many of their favorite lines. Most of these are classic exchanges between Falk and Arkin, who do such an incredible job of building characters who are credible, funny, and engaging that they make it look easy. After the classic scene early in the film in which the families sit down to dinner together for the first time, the movie takes off at a frenetic pace and you get lost in the action and exchanges. If you're fortunate enough to not have read some of the reviews here and elsewhere that give away important plot details, you will be struggling throughout the movie to figure out who is who and what is what, which is part of the fun. (Although even after 20+ viewings I find the movie very entertaining. It's like watching old friends yuck it up.) Unfortunately, not everyone understands that it isn't just the ending of a movie that must be kept secret; people's real identities, alliances, and *occupations* can sometimes give away too much! Anyway, you might just buy this movie instead of renting it, because odds are you'll like it, and if so (like me) you'll be watching it at least once or twice a year, and begging friends who've never seen it to come over and watch it with you.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Best group movie ever

Author: ajrjones from Austin, TX
11 September 2000

Both my mom (likes sappy romantic comedies) and my husband (like martial arts & action films) LOVE this movie - if you're having a group over and it's hard to find a movie everyone will like, RENT THIS ONE! Or better yet, buy it and keep it around - I've seen it at least 30 times, every time with someone new, and everyone has loved it... Only very brief frontal nudity (on a painting, not live), and mild cursing (Alan Arkin can take the Lord's name in vain better than anyone alive!). The movie starts off slow, but stick with it - once they're on a plane, you'll be laughing so hard you'll forget to breathe!!!

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Brilliant comedy, superb cast

Author: (smokehill) from Spotsylvania, Virginia
2 June 2000

One of the top ten comedies of all time, no question. Both Falk and Arkin should work together again; they're at least as good as Matthau & Lemmon. The script is perfect, Arkin's and Falk's performance is priceless (not to mention Libertini's!), and the directing is tight as a drum. My wife, who dislikes both Arkin and Falk generally, watches this movie whenever it comes on.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Extremely funny movie.

Author: tim-184
1 October 1999

One of the funniest movies I have ever for the dinner scene....Arkin: "Flies? Flies with beaks?" The way he and Peter Falk go back and forth is funny as hell. From the beginning, you don't know if Falk is legit or not, and you don't find out until the last 10 minutes. And by then you don't care anymore.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

A Most Underrated Comedic Classic

Author: anonymous
8 June 1999

The In-Laws is one of the better movies in existence that most people haven't heard of or have forgotten. It is a start-to-finish funny, entertaining movie that is at once ridiculous as well as intelligent. Scenes such as the gunfight around cab in New York City or the antics of the strange Latin American dictator are goofy but the movie plays them of as normal. In fact, just about everything Vince (Peter Falk) does is silly, but he carries it off with such a straight face and confident demeanor that you accept it. And this, of course, is what makes it such a funny movie. The constant give and take between the ludicrous actions and comments of Peter Falk and the deteriorating sense of normalcy (and sanity) felt by Alan Arkin is what drives the film. And then the ending where it all comes together is wonderfully surprising because there are times in the movie when it doesn't seem like anything will ever come together and their is no real point to any of the actions.

A very swiftly moving plot, unforgettable characters and memorable lines and sight gags are what make "The Inlaws" one of the better comedies of its time.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

the ALAN ARKIN perspective....

Author: gary renfield ( from new jersey, usa
18 April 1999

Insanity, improbability, and a great team (Alan Arkin, Peter Falk) make this a one of a kind comedy. Arkin as an extremely meek, mild-mannered dentist with a quiet suburban life, is perfect foil for Peter Falk (who you never really believe), as a man who presents himself as businessman, gangster, or rogue CIA agent, depending on his company. Their respective families (and incompatible lifestyles) are brought together as the nuptials of their children approach, therefore the title of the film.

Peter Falk complicates the life of an unsuspecting Arkin by involving him in felony robbery, gangster chases, and a world wide counterfeiting scheme. There is literally no place to hide, all official (and unofficial) agencies are after him/them. Falk's unshake-able calm, in the face of any danger (bored, been there/done that), is in stark contrast to the controlled, ever-building insanity that is overtaking Alan Arkin. Arkin, by the way, steals the show. It makes for a great vehicle for Arkin, who eventually becomes visibly "numb" to his situation. So "numb", in fact, unexpected heroics seem to be the logical thing for him to do.

The resolution of the movie deserves a round of applause for a very inventive script. You won't tire of this movie, it gets better with each viewing. And, one more thing, after you see the film, expect the word "serpentine" to bring a smile to your face, whenever you hear it...

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