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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Quan Le
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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Did You Know?


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


The stolen Soviet submarine could not have appeared in Lake Michigan unnoticed because it would have to pass through several locks on the St Lawrence Seaway to get there. See more »


Jerry Peyser: I'm sorry I called you the worst father in the world. I'm sure there's at least two or three guys who are worse.
Steve Tobias: Thank you, Jer.
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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 »


Referenced in Kid Notorious: The Nazi Party (2003) See more »


Written by Kingsuk Biswas
Performed by Kingsuk Biswas
Courtesy of No Immortal Records
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Extremely Funny
12 September 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Steve Tobias (Michael Douglas) is an undercover and efficient CIA agent, supported by the lower-ranked CIA agent Angela Harris (Robin Tunney), and assigned in a dangerous and secret international mission. He is trying to retrieve a nuclear submarine and arrest some international drug dealers and smugglers. Steve is also a reckless and absent father. His son Mark (Ryan Reynolds) is a lawyer, who is going to get married with Melissa Peyser (Lindsay Sloane), the daughter of the housewife Katherine Peyser (Maria Ricossa) and Jerry Peyser (Albert Brooks), a conservative podiatrist of Chicago. Jerry is the opposite of Steve, being afraid of airplanes and living a routinely life. When the two families meet for a dinner in a Vietnamese restaurant to celebrate the forthcoming wedding, Jerry is mistakenly identified as a secret agent, turning his life upside-down. I found this movie extremely funny. The combination of Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks was amazingly (and even surprisingly) good. The performance of David Suchet, as the gay French drug dealer and criminal Jean-Pierre Thibodoux, is also excellent and very funny. KC and the Sunshine Band playing an old hit is also great and completes a highly recommended comedy. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): 'Até Que os Parentes Nos Separem' ('Until the Relatives Get Us Apart')

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