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The In-Laws (Widescreen Edition) (2003)

Albert Brooks , Michael Douglas , Andrew Fleming  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Albert Brooks, Michael Douglas, Ryan Reynolds, Lindsay Sloane, Michael Bodnar
  • Directors: Andrew Fleming
  • Writers: Andrew Bergman, Ed Solomon, Nat Mauldin
  • Producers: Andrew Stevens, Bill Gerber, Bill Todman Jr., David Coatsworth
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000BWTIB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The In-Laws (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Jump Feet First Into A Hilarious Gag Reel
  • Zany Additional Scenes
  • Plus Multiple Takes Of Riotous Sequences With Albert Brooks

Editorial Reviews

Family matters. Laughing matters. They're all a matter of laugh or death as Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks play opposites thrust together by their children's wedding and by CIA agent Douglas' involvement in an arms-smuggling sting operation, plunging mild-mannered podiatrist Brooks into the world of international intrigue.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The In-Laws August 13, 2008
Both versions are great and worth comparing. I remembered the first version with Alan Arkin & Peter Falk from years ago when I first enjoyed seeing that movie, and was equally impressed with the new version with Michael Douglas & Albert Brooks where the storyline has been brought up to modern day. David Suchet (from the Poirot series) is fantastic as the villain.
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Quality remake.... of "Meet the Parents" May 12, 2003
Why? Why why why?
Well, there are positives to get out of the way first. Albert Brooks is an inspired choice to recreate Alan Arkin's role from the original "In-Laws". He brings to every movie a fully-formed nebbish ready to let loose 6 or 7 really memorable zingers, and this was no exception. Michael Douglas has played a very wide range of stock characters, if not necessarily deep. And the original "In-Laws" certainly wasn't technically perfect: it suffered from atrocious film editing. Why not spruce it up with some CGI submarines, more expansive stunt sequences, and a Paul McCartney soundtrack?
Most of the changes in the remake, however, don't make sense. Brooks is playing a Chicago podiatrist, not a Manhattan dentist. Michael Douglas has been saddled with a female sidekick, the likes of which Peter Falk didn't need. There's considerable more emphasis placed on Brooks's daughter and Douglas's son... so they can argue at length about his pre-marital flings. Candice Bergen has a strenuously unfunny cameo as Douglas's ex-wife (Falk was happily married in the original, albeit to a wife who had no idea what he did for a living).
Most noticeably, the witty humor of the original is all but gone, save for a few Brooks gags. That's all been replaced by a wide variety of warmed-over sex and toilet jokes, which have been funny in a hundred other movies since "The In-Laws" came out, and which are so familiar here that you'll laugh at the joke before it's even finished. Indeed, with the main character being a nebbishy Jewish medical professional from Chicago, and his co-star an over-the-top CIA agent, you'll quickly realize that this is a remake of "Meet the Parents" more than anything else.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE INLAWS November 13, 2011
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A good movie is a like a good book, a means to escape. The older I get, the more I enjoy watching something that is just plain funny. I don't want to be sad, I don't want to have to concentrate on a movie with a lot of metaphors and hidden meanings. I don't want murders, rapes, heart breaks or pain and suffering. Sometimes it's fun to watch a movie that is just pure entertainment and THE IN-LAWS fits the bill. Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks play the fathers of a couple who are about to be married. The only problem is that the dull, neurotic, germ obsessed, fanny pack wearing foot doctor becomes involved with CIA agent Douglas's secret life. Here begin laughs that don't stop until the movie is over. In fact, I laughed until I cried and trust me, it is wonderful to be that happy! What an escape!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inlaws August 29, 2011
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I didn't know I was getting 2 dvds, that was a nice surprise. That said, I am glad that it was included because I wouldn't give a dime for the new version. I really like Mike Douglas, but this was really beneath him. The first Inlaws was hilarious. Highly recommend the first. the second is a waste of time. So the 5 stars is for the original.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The In-Laws Double Feature dvd May 28, 2010
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Both movies are terrific...getting them both on one dvd is a great idea...both versions have comic merit...think of it as a play with two different casts and not a re-make...this movie didn't need re-making but both versions are valid...and remember...SERPENTINE!...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Falk At His Best. July 29, 2011
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The Movie Is A Classic, But The Remake Blows Goats. Peter Falk Was Just ON FIRE In This Role. He Made His Acting Look Effortless, And Carried The Movie The Way All Good Actors Do.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Innocuous. That's about it. June 28, 2003
There isn't much to say about this movie. I haven't seen the original that it is based on, so I can only write about what I have watched.
It's an okay movie. There's only a couple of funny scenes. Most of it is pretty bland material, and it is probably one of the most predictable movies that has ever been made.
(No way will you guess this, but everybody learns a valuable lesson... No way will you guess, but the groom learns about honesty and why it's important...)
Plus, I found the bride and groom characters to be extremely irritating. I can't explain why, exactly, and it may just be my personality reacting to them, but they seem to be rather obnoxious people.
However, in spite of being a dull and lifeless comedy, there are good points. The direction is agreeable and the special effects / sets are pretty good. About half of the actors do a good job, with Albert Brooks stealing the show completely.
And, even if it isn't hilarious, it isn't painful to watch. The jokes aren't stupid or offensive, they're just not particularly funny (At least, not to me). This is good news, because it means that no matter who you are, you can at least give the movie a chance without being shocked by any nasty surprises or crude humor. You may not laugh, but, hey... like I said, "Innocuous."
VIOLENT CONTENT - Some punches and kicks, people point guns at each other a lot, some slapsticky humor. There's no blood. Saturday morning cartoons have more violence within two minutes than this movie has in its entirity.
LANGUAGE CONTENT - Not much. I think they say the "F word" once, there's a couple of the "S word." Scattered language throughout that doesn't amount to a whole lot.
NUDITY / SEXUAL CONTENT - Almost nothing. The only thing close is a brief monologue by Candice Bergen's character about how she had great sex with her ex-husband. There is one shot of Brooks in a thong, but it's fleeting. I think it was actually in the trailer of the movie...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love original
The original is fabulous. Remember the time period in which it was made so take that into account. The pacing can be slow in parts and corny. Read more
Published 8 days ago by AmazonUser
2.0 out of 5 stars A madcap comedy--with no humor
A madcap comedy--with no humor. . .

This movie tries very hard to be funny but i did not find myself laughing or even chuckling. Read more
Published 15 days ago by rwx
4.0 out of 5 stars A Comedy Classic & Its Remake
I'm only giving 4 stars because I haven't gotten around to watching the remake yet, although I understand it's been positively reviewed. Read more
Published 19 days ago by "devil dog"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
very entertaining romp starring Alan Arkin and the late, great Peter Falk at their best. Fast passed and fun-filled. A treat not to be missed.
Published 20 days ago by Patrick J. Phalen
4.0 out of 5 stars I love the original version!
I probably won't watch the remake but it's worth it to have the original. It's one of those gems that you don't get to see any more.
Published 1 month ago by Mary E. Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Another LOL MOVIE
I ABSOLUTELY love this Peter Falk/ Alan Arkin version....i believe this is from the 70's...not sure but i love it!!
Published 1 month ago by Virginia Strozina Wiseman
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic and an OK remake packaged together
"Serpentine, Shel, serpentine!" The In-Laws never gets old. Peter Falk and Alan Arkin made a great comedy team. I wish they had done more together. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bowser B
5.0 out of 5 stars feeback
This movie is hilarious. Albert Brooks and Michael Douglas are absolutely hilarious together. If you want to laugh out loud this is your movie.
Published 1 month ago by Connie
2.0 out of 5 stars Bait & Switch
The write-up on this indicated that the package contained two (2) discs which is what I was looking for. Imagine my surprise when I received only 1 disc. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. G. Addington
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
The chemistry between Peter Falk and Alan Arkin is what makes this movie work. Don't bother with the sequel.

You probably already know the story. Highly recommended.
Published 3 months ago by Bookfan
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