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The In-Laws (I) (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Thriller  |  23 May 2003 (USA)
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Right before his daughter's wedding, a mild-mannered foot doctor discovers that his new in-laws are international smugglers.

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When prospective fathers-in-law Steve Tobias and Jerry Peyser 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. 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 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 causes Jerry to see a vision of his daughter's 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 ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated PG-13 for suggestive humor, language, some drug references and action violence | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$158,734 (Australia) (5 September 2003)

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$360,302 (South Africa) (19 September 2003)
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Trivia

The last name of the bride's family is Peyser. Penny Peyser played the bride in the original The In-Laws (1979). See more »

Goofs

A submarine would never be able to get into the Great Lakes undetected as Lake St. Clair's deepest point is 27 ft. The conn tower would be showing the entire way of the trip through the lake. See more »

Quotes

Steve Tobias: So have you ever been to Vietnam?
Katherine Peyser: No, but we hear it's lovely.
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As the end credits start, the camera moves out over the water. After a while, we see and hear Angela Harris (Robin Tunney) waving and calling for help. See more »

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References Live and Let Die (1973) See more »

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Wedding Day
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees
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Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The Actors do a good job with an average plot
3 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The cast does a pretty good job in this movie while working with a fairly thin plot. Douglas (playing Tobias, and undercover agent posing as a Xerox employee) is affable and timely with his lines and humor and I think overall his role is done quite well. His son is marrying the daughter of Dr. Peyser. He carries the movie.

Supporting cast members also do a very nice job. I think Brooks (playing Peyser , a foot Dr.) is a bit over the top, but I suppose that can be his style and maybe it was intended. He does a good job bringing a bit of humanity to his character. Candice Bergman was funny and timely with her role as the crazy ex-wife of Tobias. I even liked Ryan Reynolds in the movie (he plays the son of Tobias) who I normally don't care for.

David Suchet plays Jean-Pierre Thibodoux, an international arms smuggler. His homo-erotic exchanges with Peyser are pretty damn funny and offer several awkward yet comedic scenes.

Naturally, one of the several plot twists in the movie offers a conflict between the soon-to-be wed couple, caused mostly by Tobia's acts of undercover shenanigans. The cause of the conflict is, well- there is no cause for the conflict. The argument is petty but this is just one of the examples of the thin plot. However, its not a reason to throttle the movie or dislike it.

Overall, I'm not sure why the movie has done so poorly with its user reviews. It certainly doesn't deserve less than 7 stars. The acting is there, its not shallow or poorly done. There are no serious gaps of non-laughter in the movie. I suppose I find the humor in the movie that other people don't. If you watch the movie, you'll definitely get some laughs and enjoy it.


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