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I've never experienced such a perfect merging of screenplay, characterization and direction. Arkin and Falk have a chemistry and timing that simply must be seen to be believed.
I've been a movie buff for a long time, but I must admit that totally missed this when it came out. In fact, it was running one night on a cable station in the mid 80s when I first saw it. I was visiting my parents, and on it came. I had just stopped in to say hello, but after the first 10 minutes I knew I wasn't going anywhere. I'll never forget sitting next to my father, who was in his seventies at the time, hearing him cracking up. He had a great laugh, a deep, full laugh, and I'd never in my life heard such pure joy come out of my father, who was a serious and subdued man. It may sound strange, but I felt closer to my father after watching this movie with. Sharing such a joyful experience with him will always be a very cherished memory.
Do yourself a favor. Find someone you love. Doesn't need to be romantic love, just someone who really counts in your life. Watch this movie with them. If it doesn't become a special memory, email me and complain.
Who would have thought Falk and Arkin could be such perfect foils for each other? Falk is at his best here, very Columbo-ish, seeming totally scatterbrained but really knows whats going on. He plays a top CIA agent (who claims responsiblity for the Bay of Pigs). Arkin is a nerdy dentist who just wants a quiet life. What brings these two together is that their children are marrying. But that's the point where normalcy stops and looniness takes over. This movie is so jam-packed with funny lines you'll find yourself quoting it constantly.
Those of you who remember all of the dictators who featured so prominently in the 70s and early 80s will love the general.
Everything about this movie is great. If you like to laugh, you will find something funny here. Get it!
The scene in the diner with Shel's split pea soup is also one of the best ever. I don't know how much of that dialogue was written or improvised, but it is perfect. Arkin and Falk are so aligned in this movie that it is impossible to see anyone else in these roles. And who can forget the dinner at the bride's home and the conversation about Falk's experiences with large insects in the tropics?
I won't go through all my favorite scenes because that would be most of the movie. All I can tell you is to get the tape (or better the DVD coming out, I guess in May 2003) and enjoy it over and over again. This is a wonderful and memorable comedy that I treasure.
It would be a crime to give away almost anything about this movie, as each surprise is also an uproarious laugh fest. Let's just say that after a somewhat slow and amusing first 20 minutes, the movie takes off at a hilarious pace and never slows down again.
The synopsis is fairly simple: a respected dentist meets his daughter's future in-laws, immediately determines that the groom's father is crazy, and in a reluctant attempt to accept the situation, gets sucked into a rediculously funny web of international intrigue.
The performances are perfection. Alan Arkin as the bewildered dentist and Peter Falk as the possibly looney in-law are perfectly cast, as is the entire supporting cast of crazies.
This is the kind of movie that you gather a bunch of close friends to watch late at night, so that no one will be too inhibited to laugh out loud at it, which everyone will most certainly be doing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I laughed and laughed and laughed. In fact, I work at a state mental hospital, showed it to a group one evening and they laughed so much that they shed tears. It was therapeutic. Read morePublished 3 days ago by M. Brett Pitts
A little slow to start, but once it gets going it's REALLY FUNNY! Really!Published 2 months ago by Gary
classically hilarious. one of Peter Faulk's greatest performances.Published 2 months ago by Joseph H. Clancy
One of the funniest movies ever! Peter Falk shines as a crazy CIA agent, Alan Arkin as a very domesticated Long Island dentist. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Roni Batzion
i saw this movie when it came out and was floored by how good Peter Falk and Alan Arkin were together in this movie. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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|How to get the most from the commentary track.||
I love the commentary almost as much as the movie- I agree there's no point trying to watch the movie at the same time . But when you go back to the movie after hearing the commentary it makes it even funnier.
Feb 27, 2012 by elizabeth | See all 2 posts
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I have to agree with you. And what's amazing to me is that people of all ages seem to love it equally. Even teens, who usually need plenty of blood, sex, and cussing, seem to cherish this gem. I don't recall ever laughing as hard at any other movie. A couple have come close, but this tops the... Read More
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