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At Theaters: 5/23/2003 On Video: 10/7/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 38 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419908
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Daredevil secret agent and irreverent father of the groom Steve Tobias gives conservative podiatrist and father of the bride Jerry Peyser a bad case of pre-nuptial jitters when they finally meet during the celebrations leading up to the wedding of their children.
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Comedy Romantic - A light and fun comedy with a minimal amount of silliness.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Albert Brooks MY FIRST MISTER, THE MUSE, MOTHER
Michael Douglas DON'T SAY A WORD, TRAFFIC, WONDER BOYS
Candice Bergen VIEW FROM THE TOP, SWEET HOME ALABAMA
Robin Tunney VERTICAL LIMIT, END OF DAYS
Ryan Reynolds NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VAN WILDER
Director: Andrew Fleming DICK
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PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 2 S-words, 2 A-words. Just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: A small amount of sexual talk. No nudity or sexual activity.
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinking and drunkenness.
ACTION: A rather tame car chase and some other mild action.
COMEDY: Quite funny throughout.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "A remake, done right, was not a bad idea. And, fortunately in this case, it has been accomplished with some flair. The result is a lightweight source of entertainment that maximizes humor and minimizes serious stuff.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Average "The In-Laws is an accomplished but not inspired remake of a 1979 comedy which was inspired and so did not need to be accomplished. The earlier movie was slapdash and at times seemed to be making itself up as it went along, but it had big laughs and a kind of lunacy. The remake knows the moves but lacks the recklessness.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "Aside from one nicely orchestrated bit involving an exhausted FBI agent (Russell Andrews), the movie's only reason for being is its successful teaming.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "Fans of the original may be disheartened by this glossier, action-packed version, but the brisker pacing and showy shoot-'em-up scenes are exactly what will appeal to the film's target audience.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 158 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
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Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
3
Fairly High
67%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
7
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
15
High
93%
30+Adults (M)
67
High
88%
30+Adults (F)
66
High
95%
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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 SLOANE) 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 suddenly finds himself embroiled in the chaos that follows in Steve's wake as he is dragged kicking and screaming into a series of perilous adventures that take the mismatched in-laws-to-be halfway around the world.  Adding insult to injury is Steve's partner Angela (ROBIN TUNNEY), a dedicated agent who doesn't hide her hostility toward the uncooperative doctor who is – for better or worse – along for the ride. 

 But when their children are in danger, Jerry and Steve will discover they can truly be an effective team -- as jet pack meets fanny pack.

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