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The In-Laws (2003)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 129
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 85

Bigger and slicker than the original, but not necessarily better.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 24

Bigger and slicker than the original, but not necessarily better.



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Movie Info

When prospective fathers-in-law Steve Tobias and Jerry Peyser 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. 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


Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Nat Mauldin, Ed Solomon

Oct 7, 2003


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All Critics (146) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (85) | DVD (22)

Humdrum direction fails to elevate an already bankrupt idea from its relentless doldrums.

June 11, 2003
New York Observer
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Amazingly, the two versions have hit the casting bull's-eye twice in 24 years to provide superior entertainment.

June 11, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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One of the problems with The In-Laws is that it spends as much time with the uninteresting and unfunny wedding story as it does with the spy stuff.

May 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This In-Laws isn't a disaster, it's just not very good.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source:
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Funny, if a bit broad.

May 23, 2003
Washington Post
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Its laughs are sweet-natured, and Heaven knows the lead players earn every one.

May 23, 2003
Washington Post
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This movie has more misfires than hits.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Medíocre se analisada isoladamente, esta refilmagem se torna ainda mais constrangedora quando comparada ao divertido original.

April 28, 2004
Cinema em Cena

A sloppy excuse for 95 minutes of celluloid . . . Andrew Fleming's film should be outlawed for its sheer laziness alone.

December 1, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Like most weddings, it's more tedious than terrific. The humour is one note, with the same jokes being told and retold throughout the film.

October 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

...a tepid remake at best and a dreary exercise in wastefulness at worst.

October 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The kind of sequel-and-remake overkill that turns Hollywood on-and on and on.

September 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Long Island Press
Long Island Press

It's good to see Douglas, who's so good at those nasty Gordon Gekko types, take on a comic role but he has little chemistry with Brooks

September 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

scriptwriters fill in plotting gaps with unnecessary jokes at the expense of minorities, as the story heads towards a deflated, kind of begrudgingly happy ending

August 19, 2003 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

If the CIA really did every-thing so openly as one of its operatives does in The In-Laws, it's amazing any of them could stay under cover.

July 16, 2003 Full Review
Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)

This is a pathetic remake of a great movie.

June 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Like so many other recent mediocre entries into this genre, The In-Laws plays like it was pieced together from a rough draft script, most ideas not fully developed and pages in an incorrect order.

June 6, 2003 Full Review Source:

There's no getting around the chemistry between [Albert] Brooks and [Michael] Douglas.

May 30, 2003

Andrew Fleming made his directorial debut with a horror picture called Bad Dreams, a title that suits my reaction to his latest offering something swell -- except Bad Dreams was a lot funnier.

May 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Albert Brooks in a thong is nearly worth the price of admission.

May 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

This set of 'In-Laws' are stuck with each other -- but we have a choice. The right one opened in 1979.

May 27, 2003
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Instead of escalating the comedy the remake merely makes it empty and more expensive.

May 27, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Think of Al Brooks wearing a red thong. I hope that image is burned on your brain forever.

May 26, 2003 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The In-Laws

Unnecessary remake of a classic comedy.
July 29, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Saw this a very long time ago. I remember I loved it, primarily because of Michael Doublas' hilarious performance.

Grade: C+
February 4, 2011

Super Reviewer

Oh man! I watched this because of Ryan Reynolds. But he was sorta like a special guest in it. It wasn't funny though. Don't waste your time on it.
January 31, 2011
Dead Angel

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This Movie caused me a Headache.
December 12, 2009
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