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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Bodnar ...
Cherkasov's Bodyguard
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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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)


$20,440,627 (USA) (25 July 2003)

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Did You Know?


The alias code-name given to Dr. Jerome Peyser (Albert Brooks) to go undercover as an assassin was "Fat Cobra". 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 »


Jean-Pierre Thibodoux: But there are certain things I can only do with a man, no?
Jerry Peyser: Like golf?
Jean-Pierre Thibodoux: No! I am not gay!
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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 »


Featured in Multiple Takes with Albert Brooks (2003) See more »


What the World Needs Now Is Love
Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Ron Goodwin
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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29 May 2003 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

There are absolutely no words to adequately describe just how truly awful this movie is. Being a huge fan of the 1979 original, starring Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, curiousity got the better of me...

I guess curiosity really did kill the cat!

As hilarious and genuinely funny as the original is - I still consider it to be among the funniest films I have EVER seen - this remake is the complete opposite. Whereas Peter Falk and Alan Arkin made a terrific onscreen team, Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks simply don't have it. There just isn't the same chemistry. One of the things that made me laugh so much at the original was Alan Arkin's straight-man performance vs. Peter Falk's "is-he-or-isn't-he insane?" In this one, you'll find nothing of the sort. Albert Brooks (in the Alan Arkin role), whose character is now a podiatrist (as opposed to being a dentist in the original), just doesn't bring in the same laughs...you won't see him running down the street screaming "There's no need to shoot, I'm a podiatrist!" or anything like that. And worse, Michael Douglas (in the Peter Falk role), the secret agent father in law to be who hasn't yet met the in-laws, has a pointless sidekick, played by Robin Tunney, something that I felt weakened Douglas' character...as if the already inept script didn't already do a fine job of that!

Worst of all was David Suchet's French arms dealer who suddenly develops a crush on Brooks' character, was nowhere nearly as entertaining as Richard Libertini's performance in the original...hell, even Senor Pepe had more comedic charisma than Suchet in this one, and Senor Pepe was a friggin' HAND PUPPET, for crying out loud!!!

All in all, this has to be one of the worst movies I have ever paid good money to see (thank God I only paid $5!). If you haven't seen the original, rent it and save yourself the anguish of sitting through this mindless claptrap of a movie. If you HAVE seen the original, and were contemplating a trip to the cinema to check this one out, I have one word for you: SERPENTINE!!!

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