|Genre: Action, Comedy, Marriage, Spy, Betrayal, Blackmail, Slapstick, Spoof, Hostage|
Tagline: The cake is going to hit the fan
Plot: When prospective fathers-in-law Steve Tobias (MICHAEL DOUGLAS) and Jerry Peyser (ALBERT BROOKS) 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. In his functional (if unfashionable) fanny pack he keeps a sanitary drinking cup in case he needs a sip of water away from home, a couple of Lorna Doones in case his blood sugar slumps a few points between meals, and a personal security alarm – just in case.
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. Steve’s unpredictable lifestyle has already driven ex-wife Judy (CANDICE BERGEN) to an ashram for some peace and has strained his relationship with son Mark (RYAN REYNOLDS) – possibly beyond repair. 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 cause Jerry to see a vision of his daughter’s (LINDSAY
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Hollywood has not perfected the recipe for the remake, but it looks like they haven't forgotten how to make a fun summer comedy.
--Sean Driscoll (MovieWeb)
...a cack-handed action comedy, with the stars adrift in incompetently staged action sequences.
--Nev Pierce (BBC Films)
So-so ‘buddy’ comedy that depends largely on your tolerance for Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks. Nice soundtrack though.
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)
Not a hugely dislikeable comedy, but not a particularly funny one either. Try watching the 1979 version instead - at least it's original. 4/10
--Gary Panton (Movie Gazette)
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