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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

perfectly cast, funny from start to finish

10/10
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 note...do 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!

10/10
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

10/10
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 seen....watch 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

10/10
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....

10/10
Author: gary renfield (gary_renfield@email.com) 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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

One of the most funny & zany movies ever made.

Author: Elsa Reyna from Chicago
16 April 1999

If you were ever stuck on a desert island with a TV, VCR (and, let's assume, a power source), this would definitely be one of the movies you would like on hand to jolly your solitary time away. It is an insanely funny film that compares favorably with the classic screwball comedies of yesteryear. Only instead of Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, we get Alan Arkin and Peter Falk. Although they don't quite function as a romantic duo, the pairing of the characters of Dr. Shelly Kornpett, as the deadpan, increasingly desperate dentist, with Vince Ricardo, as a renegade CIA agent extraordinaire, works wonderfully. Along with everyman Shelly, you will be sucked into the zany, alternate world of agent Ricardo. See it with friends or loved ones, because this is the kind of movie that you will be quoting to one another long after you see it. Just remember to serpentine!

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Prepare to laugh

10/10
Author: MasterFantastic from Japan
25 March 2014

Watching Peter Falk as a slightly off-kilter maybe-gone-rogue CIA agent interact with poor schlemiel Alan Arkin as a dentist is comedy gold, long before Seinfeld came along and coined that phrase. While the plot is appropriately whacked out, what is truly delightful--and perfect--is watching a normal, everyday type like Alan Arkin become gradually more and more unhinged as Peter Falk's character involves him in plot after crazy plot. It all culminates in a happy ending, but getting there is the whole story and provides continuous laughs.

Excellent acting by the entire cast--even the bit players--and sprightly direction. "Serpentine!" will forever reign as one of my favorite lines.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Serpentine

7/10
Author: AaronCapenBanner from North America
26 November 2013

Arthur Hiller directed this funny comedy that stars Alan Arkin as Sheldon Kornpett, a successful dentist whose daughter is about to get married. The groom's father Vince Ricardo(played by Peter Falk) is cagey about his profession, but shortly before the wedding, he comes to see Sheldon at work requesting his assistance in a job related matter that escalates into a shootout and chase, where they find themselves on the run from New York City to Central America, where they become involved with a wacky dictator(played by Richard Libertini) who wants them shot... Wild and unpredictable comedy is surprisingly good, with two memorable lead performances, and a most original script.

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