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The In-Laws (2003)

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Action & Adventure and Comedy movie directed by Andrew Fleming

It won't steal any thunder from the1979 original, but this breezy remake ofThe In-Lawsoffers a few solid laughs. It's blessed by the casting of Albert Brooks as one of two imminent fathers-in-law who embark on the proverbial "wacky misadventure" … see full wiki

Director: Andrew Fleming
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
1 review about The In-Laws (2003)

Average action/comedy film

  • Jul 1, 2004
Rating:
+1
I saw this film having been unaware it was a remake prior to seeing the DVD. The premise seems amusing but as the movie proceeds the the characters' actions and reactions just don't make much sense. Fortunately, Michael Douglas carries his role well and Albert Brooks adeptly plays the role of the in-law caught up in dangerous drama he can't comprehend. The absurdity of how the plot proceeds is the source of comedy in this film, while the idea of the FBI chasing a potentially rogue deep-cover CIA agent isn't actually that strange - frankly I find the agencies themselves to be rogue operations relevant to the interests of common citizens. Getting back to the story, the spy's son and the doctor's daughter are due to be married and the Douglas character is juggling the wedding preparations with his latest spy operation. Now that Brooks' character is about to become "family" the spy decides to involve him in company business. This can appear funny or unsettling, depending upon how one identifies with the characters. It is almost in the vein of "Meet The Parents" in some ways, but the laughs are fewer and less effective here. This film has its moments but is generally just an average quality comedy and not the best vehicle for these actors.

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