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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Vladimir Radian ...
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Agent at Restaurant
Agent Will Hutchins (as Russell Andrews)
Agent Thorn


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

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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

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Composer Lalo Schifrin wrote a score that was mostly unused. However instead of hiring another composer after Schifrin left the project the director and/or producers decided to use the temp-track selections written to previous movies by various film composers and these composers got credited instead of Schifrin who went on being uncredited even if some of his work is still in the movie. 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 »


Angela Harris: Is that a fanny pack?
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Why remakes shouldn't be allowed
22 January 2006 | by (Sewanee, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

I wanted to laugh while watching this movie, and I actually did laugh ... when it was over ... from relief. All of the ingredients were there: great cast, the same writer as the original -- Andrew Bergman. But every line fell flatter than a ruined soufflé. Plus, the plot wasn't as plausible as the original with Peter Falk and Alan Arkin (1979).

Granted, the original begins with a long scene that is somewhat difficult to follow, but eventually every viewer is on board and enjoys the show. And there's one of the greatest spy lines of the 20th Century: "You knew Jack Kennedy?" "Bay of Pigs. My idea." I laughed so long and loud during the summer of 1979, I was almost kicked out of the theater.

Hollywood really needs to think about their inability to make quality movies overall, much less remakes. Prior to VHS and DVD sales, top grossing movies were re-released from time to time. This should have happened with the In-laws. The story is just as connected with our world today as it was in the late 70s, and the chemistry between Falk and Arkin is superior to Douglas and Brooks.

And, there are thousands of novels, non-fiction books and screen plays out there waiting to be adapted to movies. The original In-laws was an inspired piece of writing and acting. Hollywood needs to go after more "original" stories instead of sloppy retreads! No wonder theaters are so empty these days.

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