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½ November 24, 2017
A classic, feel-good movie.
November 18, 2017
Dumb not funny movie.
September 27, 2017
There is some heart to this movie, even if you can get past the immature moments! Tiffani Thiessen, now that was a perfect example of a hottie from the 90's! Pretty much the Megan Fox of that generation. For Pauly Shore, he was alright, and he did have a few hilarious lines.
½ June 17, 2017
Acts kind of stupid at times, some funny moments with dad/ grandpa. Girls hot
½ April 20, 2017
Love this movie even though its corny!
December 30, 2016
The film character that Pauly Shore creates in Son-in-law and Encino seems special and unique to me looking back on them 20+ years later. I didn't not see them at that time. I do not remember Shore's TV work or what he was like then, but the movie character is really lovely.
He is not mean to anyone, he is not violent or angry ever, he is, like, zen or something, in the moment and content with himself. He is not full-of-himself arrogant, or greedy, or better than others, he is just that guy and content to completely go with the flow. The other characters may be shocked with him, his casualiness, but he does not see this, react to it, or acknowledge it. It is simply not his problem in any way.
He deflects, and absorbs conflict rather than advance it or react to it defensively.
So as a comic movie character he is unique and that is the appeal to me. He is kind, smart, in his way, really sweet. Yet the character is ripe with cultural criticism.
The movies avoid the horrible villain chase scenes that so many feature comedies end with. In Encino, he is confronted by a couple of Mexican homies, they want him to drink, so he drinks, he just goes with it. His only question is "Do I have to pay for this!"
They end up being his buddies. In so many other movies that would have gone to these guys chasing Stony around with other threatening villainous types.
I just love what he did in these movies and think his character is special. There is genius in his character. I can't think of another like him. Maybe Harry Langdon?

All commenters here are younger. You are more in the demographic that these products were meant for. So I could see that you might want to reject, or rebel. When he emerged big I was already in my 40s so now I really look at this from the distance of back then but also from the distance on never being in the target audience.

I also noticed how the work is clean. I think I said to Tara, "wholesome". No F-word, of shit jobs, clear and clever. No ugly gender shaming. Not even any drugs other than the Mexican booze scene and the character name as Stony. Not that I mind that sort of thing al that much, but I was aware of their absence in these.
November 16, 2016
Great movie at looking in the mind of the college student and their indulging of their deep fantasies.
½ November 15, 2016
Romp about a city guy out on the farm cause a friend of his is afraid of an old boyfriends advances.
November 6, 2016
so funny and sweet I could just die
½ June 19, 2016
Farm girl goes off to college and comes back home with a new wardrobe, new haircut and a new friend who just happens to be a surfer California style slacker played by Pauly Shore. Love him or hate him, Shore does his best with this fish out of water comedy.
½ June 13, 2016
Forget the haters, this movie is awesome.
November 10, 2015
This is perhaps one of the best movies of the early 90's, Pauley Shore commands the screen with his superior acting skills. And a young Carla Cuigino should have been nominated for a Oscar, Four Stars
August 17, 2015
The best Pauly Shore movie that really introduces us to Carla Gugino. You can't beat the comedy and mix of stoner vs. country. Shore plays his standard party dude with a serious heart. You can't help but watch this movie whenever its on. Another movie that grows on you.
½ June 10, 2015
½ April 8, 2015
Was there ever a time when Pauly Shore was even a tad funny?????
½ August 16, 2014
(First and only viewing - In my early twenties)
½ July 26, 2014
As a fan of Pauly Shore's style of comedy, Son in Law seemed like it would be an entertaining ride.

Son in Law was certainly a lot funnier the first time I watched it although I was younger then. And although I think it could be a mix of me maturing as well as being able to predict everything that happens, Son in Law was not as good this time around./
The plot in Son in Law is ridiculous. It rarely even attempts to disguise the fact that it has no meaning, and this would be ok except that it means that the comedy all centres around Pauly Shore without much of a comedic premise. The idea of contrasting country life to the lifestyle of the youth in California College has a humourous anecdote to it even if it's a little bit familiar, but at heart there is really no central premise. The story doesn't exactly matter because the film is mainly a comedy sketch stretched out to feature length more than a general film and in that retrospect, but still it just doesn't have much thought to it and is left to be rather bland. The script doesn't exactly have all that much heart to it, and so if viewers don't laugh then there is really little else of value whatsoever in Son in Law. The scenery of the film is nice and has plenty of colour to it, but the story is a shallow and generic one which has been told a countless amount of times in other teenage films with slight alterations, with many of the other films being better and worse.
The general atmosphere of the film is nice though because it does manage to achieve a realistic country town feel thanks to the nice scenery of the film and the soundtrack, and all in all Crawl is a likable character which means that audiences who find him funny are likely to find themselves cheering for him as he seeks the approval of the Warner family. The entire film is a light hearted experience and is a rather easy film to watch, and despite the familiarity of the experience it has some certain themes to it which make it touching in a slight manner.
All the importance in Son in Law rests on the performance of Pauly Shore. The film is built on his over the top comic persona in the role of his alter-ego "The Weasel", and for the most part he succeeds. Occasionally the gag gets rather silly and feels somewhat unnecessary in the context of certain lines, but when the script really calls for it he steps up to the plate and delivers what is needed. He cuts loose and lets the Weasel work his magic, and even though he doesn't really have a comedy partner to work with and is reliant on carrying the entire film on his shoulders, he manages to put his energy into the part which makes him an entertaining presence. As a character surrounded by a world of stuck up dramatic people, Pauly Shore stands out as Crawl due to his lighthearted approach to all the situations presented to him and the physical attire he is decked out in a zany costume. Pauly Shore is a genial presence, and although the film around him may not present enough situations for him to truly soar as much as he could, he does his part to ensure that his fans are pleased with the amount of laughs he brings on board. Pauly Shore manages to make Son in Law a mostly worthwhile front for his comedic talents, and so he easily makes himself out to be the best aspect of the project.
Carla Gugino does a decent job as well. Even though her character is a thinly scripted figure who is really there only as the archetype that reveals how a girl changes to a woman when she goes through college, Carla Gugino's natural charm manages to make her a consistently likable character. She has a nice chemistry with Pauly Shore, and although she isn't exactly that funny, she makes a good duo with him and ensures that the story at least manages to achieve reaching some form of meaning to it. Carla Gugino does a decent job in Son in Law.
Patrick Renna does a decent job as well because he manages to create strong comic chemistry with all the actors that he interacts with the surrounding cast. He plays the annoying little brother archetype fairly well with a comic interaction with Carla Gugino and his friendliness with Pauly Shore. He manages to make himself an entertaining foil in his supporting part simply because he plays the part well with his naturally childish charisma. He makes a decent addition to the cast.
Cindy Pickett makes a good mother figure because of the chemistry she shares with Carla Gugino, the way she delivers her lines in the script with a serious understanding of what she is saying and the fact that as she proved earlier in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, she is able to portray the mother archetype very easily with a naturally likable appeal to her.
Lane Smith makes a good father figure as well, and Mason Adams makes himself a decent addition to the cast as the grandfather of it all.
Tiffany Thiessen small role is also a decent touch because the film plays on her sex appeal well in one key scene.
Lastly, Brendan Frasier's cameo is a nice touch for anyone who is a fan of his leading performance in Encino Man.

So Son in Law is a strictly Pauly Shore fare. It doesn't have him teaming up with anyone especially funny this time so it doesn't reach the same level of entertainment value that he got in Bio-Dome or Encino Man. But for what it's worth, he makes an entertaining lead and fans of his should find the film to be a mostly entertaining venture as it's good for a few laughs at the least.
June 2, 2014
very funny movie. ...:-)
½ March 14, 2014
While irreverent and maybe obnoxious, Son-In-Law stands out just a little from Pauly Shore's other roles as he brings a more goofy charm in this moderately funny comedy.
½ March 3, 2014
Another Pauly Shore join, Carla Gugino leaves her farm roots to go off the the big city and UCLA and the obvious fish-out-of-water follows. She ends up friending her RA in Shore and he wants to visit her family for vacation. Eventually her fiancee wants to marry her, but she doesn't want to and wants Shore to do something before he does, so he proposes instead. The family doesn't approve, but they grow to like him. Eventually they are drugged and made to look like they slept together in the barn, but actually her fiancee drugged them. The truth comes out and happy ending follows. Not the best Pauly Shore, but has its moment from time to time. Could have been a little better though.
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