The In-Laws


The In-Laws

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 135


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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 smugglers. 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 causes Jerry to see a vision of his daughter's perfectly planned wedding blowing up in his face. As far as Jerry's concerned, letting Steve into his family takes "till 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.

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Michael Douglas
as Steve Tobias
Albert Brooks
as Jerry Peyser
Robin Tunney
as Angela Harris
Lindsay Sloane
as Melissa Peyser
Maria Ricossa
as Katherine Peyser
Ryan Reynolds
as Marc Tobias
David Suchet
as Thibodoux
Candice Bergen
as Judy Tobias
Vladimir Radian
as Cherkasov
Michael Bodnar
as Cherkasov's Bodyguard
Boyd Banks
as Patient
Chang Tseng
as Quan Lee
Matt Birman
as Agent at Restaurant
Russell Andrews
as Agent Will Hutchins
Richard Waugh
as Agent Thorn
Sergio Di Zio
as Lecture Room Subject
Aaron Abrams
as Student
Emmy Laybourne
as Gloria Rudnick
Novie Edwards
as Bridesmaid No. 1
Tamara Levitt
as Bridesmaid No. 2
Jeanie Calleja
as Bridesmaid No. 3
Miranda Black
as Bridesmaid No. 4
Gregory Vitale
as Thibodoux Guard No. 1
Jeremy Mosier
as Thibodoux Guard No. 2
Marcel Brouillet
as Thibodoux Guard No. 3
Michel Brouillet
as Thibodoux Guard No. 4
Stefano Rocchetti
as Thibodoux Guard No. 5
Billy Khoury
as Thibodoux Guard No. 6
Luke Vitale
as Thibodoux Guard No. 7
Paul Robbins
as Thief at Thibodoux's
Mike Beaver
as Rude Floral Consultant
Drew Lee
as Buddhist Monk
Matthew Lantz
as Dishwasher at the Marriott
Maria Elide De Crescenzo
as KC Background Singer
Charlotte McKinnon
as KC Background Singer
Jason Frost
as Sunshine Band Member
Ralph Hunter
as Sunshine Band Member
Stephen Lashley
as Sunshine Band Member
Adjety Osekre
as Sunshine Band Member
Peter Brewer
as Sunshine Band Member
Kenner Ames
as Janitor
Eric Fink
as Uncle Ben
Cara Pifko
as Female Rabbi
Ric Waugh
as Agent Thorn
David Christo
as Frat Brother No. 1
Aaron Alexander
as Frat Brother No. 2
Perry Perlmutar
as Frat Brother No. 3
Jack Duffy
as The Other Uncle
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Critic Reviews for The In-Laws

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (90)

  • What we are left with is a movie that carefully aims to be all-family entertainment, but you can't imagine any family member particularly wanting to watch it.

    Jan 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Humdrum direction fails to elevate an already bankrupt idea from its relentless doldrums.

    Jun 11, 2003

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • Amazingly, the two versions have hit the casting bull's-eye twice in 24 years to provide superior entertainment.

    Jun 11, 2003 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • 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
  • This In-Laws isn't a disaster, it's just not very good.

    May 24, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Funny, if a bit broad.

    May 23, 2003

Audience Reviews for The In-Laws

  • Jul 29, 2012
    Unnecessary remake of a classic comedy.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2011
    Saw this a very long time ago. I remember I loved it, primarily because of Michael Doublas' hilarious performance. Grade: C+
    Matt G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2011
    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.
    Dead A Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2010
    THE IN-LAWS ** Michael Douglas, Albert Brooks, Ryan Reynolds, Lindsay Sloane, Maria Ricossa, Candice Bergen, Robin Tunney, David Suchet. CIA operative Michael Douglas and an obsessive and phobic Chicago podiatrist Albert Brooks meet when their children are about to be married. Brooks knows immediately that there is something not quite right with Douglas and Douglas tries to downplay his life, but soon they both find themselves involved in international smuggling and very dangerous situations with shady super-criminal figures. I like Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks; they make an appealing team and were great in this film with Brooks banging out hilarious one-liners left and right ("I think my food is still eating" and "I'm sorry I called you the worst father in the world. I'm sure there's at least two or three guys who are worse.") The soundtrack is filled with cool songs like "Live and Let Die," "Get Down Tonight," "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" etc. David Suchet plays Tibideaux, the sexually-confused French smuggler, who adds just the right touch of humor and malice and manages to steal every scene he is a part of. Even Candace Bergen has a funny little supporting role. This is a fast paced, funny movie so if you're in the mood to laugh, laugh and laugh some more-- GO RENT IT NOW!!!
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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