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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Bodnar ...
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Vladimir Radian ...
Quan Le
Agent at Restaurant
Agent Will Hutchins (as Russell Andrews)
Agent Thorn


In four days, Jerry Peyser and Steve Tobias will become in-laws when their respective offspring, Melissa Peyser and Mark Tobias, get married. Married Jerry is a Chicago area podiatrist. He is risk averse to an extreme, afraid of heights including being in tall buildings and flying, even watching airline commercials. He is also extremely controlling, having organized the lavish wedding against the simple affair Melissa had envisioned. He is aggravated that he has not yet met Steve, who has missed one family function after another. Divorced Steve is a photocopy machine salesman... or so Mark says. In reality, Steve is a deep undercover CIA field agent, something that Mark knows but is unable to divulge to anyone, even Tracy and her family. His work, which has always overtaken his life, is the reason Steve has missed all these family events. Steve is unwilling to hand over reigns of his cases to his junior partner, the capable Angela Harris. Steve finally meets the Peysers, which Steve ... Written by Huggo

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He's not losing his daughter. He's gaining a madman. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Wedding Party  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,222,334 (USA) (23 May 2003)


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

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Did You Know?


Originally released to the public in trailers and previews as The Wedding Party in early 2003, and yet was touted as a remake of The In-Laws (1979). Eventually the film was renamed. See more »


When Steve and Jerry are on the plane to France, the clock next to Jerry reads 7:10. However, in the next shot during the same conversation the clock reads 12:00. See more »


[last lines]
[as Jean-Pierre is being taken away by the police, he waves at Jerry]
Jean-Pierre Thibodoux: Call me!
Jerry Peyser: You know something? He might actually like prison.
Steve Tobias: Like it? He's gonna LOVE it!
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Crazy Credits

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 »


References My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) See more »


Mis Dos Pequenas
Written by Anais Cruz
Performed by Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records / World Circuit
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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A Decent Entertainer!
9 February 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

A remake of the original 1979 cult classic, 'The In-Laws' is A Decent Entertainer, that doesn't bore. Sure, it's not all-out funny & gripping, but it arrests your attention & provides fair entertainment nevertheless.

'The In-Laws' Synopsis: Right before his daughter's wedding, a mild-mannered foot doctor discovers that his new in-laws are international smugglers.

'The In-Laws' has its moments for sure. In the first-hour, especially, there are some really nice sequences. The second-hour, does lose pace, but it doesn't drag, thankfully. The Screenplay is fast-paced, but it could've been tighter in the second-hour. Andrew Fleming's Direction is fair. Cinematography & Editing are functional.

Performance-Wise: Michael Douglas & Albert Brooks deliver superbly. Both of the veteran actors, also share a striking on-screen chemistry from start to end. Ryan Reynolds is passable. Lindsay Sloane is good. Robin Tunney does fairly well. Maria Ricossa & Candice Bergen support well.

On the whole, 'The In-Laws' is a decent watch.

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