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The In-Laws (2003)

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Release Date
• USA: May 23, 2003
• UK: 11 Jul 2003
DVD Release Date
• R1: Oct 7, 2003
• R2: 26 Jan 2004

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for suggestive humor, language, some drug references and action violence.

Running Time
1 hour, 35 minutes

Country USA, Germany

Studio Franchise Pictures, Furthur Films, Gerber Pictures Production, MHF Erste Academy Film GmbH & Co. Produktions KG, Outlaw Productions, Quincy Jones Media Group, Village Roadshow Pictures

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• The In-Laws
• Till Death Do Us Part
• The Wedding Party

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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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 External Reviews
external linkHollywood has not perfected the recipe for the remake, but it looks like they haven't forgotten how to make a fun summer comedy. 3/5

external link...a cack-handed action comedy, with the stars adrift in incompetently staged action sequences. 2/5
--Nev Pierce (BBC Films)

external linkSo-so ‘buddy’ comedy that depends largely on your tolerance for Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks. Nice soundtrack though. 2/5
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)

external linkNot 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)

 Directed by
Andrew Fleming
The Craft, Dick, Threesome
 Written by
Andrew Bergman
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Nat Mauldin
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Michael Douglas
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Robin Tunney
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Albert Brooks
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Ryan Reynolds
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Vladimir Radian
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Boyd Banks
Dawn of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Jason X
 Music By
Klaus Badelt
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John Powell
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James S. Levine
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