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The In-Laws (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Thriller | 23 May 2003 (USA)
Right before his daughter's wedding, a mild-mannered foot doctor discovers that his future son-in-law's father is a free-wheeling international spy.

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Michael Bodnar ...
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Vladimir Radian ...
Cherkasov
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Patient
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Yadira
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Agent at Restaurant
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Agent Thorn
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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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Rated PG-13 for suggestive humor, language, some drug references and action violence | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$20,440,627 (USA) (25 July 2003)
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Screenwriter Nat Mauldin, who confessed he was so impressed by Andrew Bergman's 1979 screenplay for The In-Laws (1979), that he sent Bergman a fan letter, and provided some specifics: "There is more attention this time to changes the father of the groom undergoes, whereas in the original it was primarily the bride's father who experienced a transformation. Also, the young couple are more an integral part of our story and the groom's relationship with his father gets a deeper exploration." See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Jerry Peyser: I would contract what they call wet bone.
Jean-Pierre Thibodoux: I'm curious to know more about wet bone.
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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 »


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Di-Gue-Ding-Ding
Written by Michel Legrand
Performed by Michel Legrand
Courtesy of Universal Music S.A. Mercury (France)
Under license from Universal Music Enteprises
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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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