The 2003 remake sucks compared to the original. Falk and Arkin are hysterical in this well written, diected, and acted comedy. It is a character build. Total lunacy, Falk's best comedy movie. "Serpentine" and "Are you dead? ....Good" during the same scene bust me up laughing everty time. Falk is so annoying and crazy he's lovable while Arkin represents us, everyman, reacting to every strange and dnagerous thing. "Oh My God, oh my god!" "Wait! I'm not him, I'm a dentist! Wanna see my card?" and Falk's nonchalant demeanor while in big trouble. this is a great movie where technology not invented yet does not get in the way of superior acting for the purpose of making people laugh. the idiots who did the 2003 re-make have no clue what real comedy is, they spent too much time on the wedding and the characters do not have likeable qualities. I read where Arkin and Falk had a ball making this movie together and it shows. "Oh, one morething." these movies were meant to be seen in the theater back in 1979, and it is more effective on a big screen at least, there is visual humor and facial expressions you can miss. and for thoise who don;t get broad comedy like this, you won't like it. you probably yelled outloud in the theater "I'm sure, no way" when ET flew on the bicylcle too.