The In-Laws The Criterion Collection
Criterion Collection, Special Edition
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Peter Falk (A Woman Under the Influence) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) make for a hilarious dream team in this beloved American sidesplitter. Directed by Arthur Hiller (Love Story) from an ingenious script by Andrew Bergman (Blazing Saddles), The In-Laws may at first seem like a generic meet-the-parents comedy, as Arkin s mild-mannered dentist suspiciously eyes Falk s volatile mystery man, whose son is engaged to his daughter. But soon, through a series of events too serpentine and surprising to spoil, the two men are brought together by a dangerous mission that takes them from suburban New Jersey to Honduras. Fueled by elaborate stunt work and the laconic, naturalistic charms of its two stars, The In-Laws deserves its status as a madcap classic and has continued to draw ardent fans in the years since its release.
DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New 2K digital restoration
- Audio commentary from 2003 featuring director Arthur Hiller, actors Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, and writer Andrew Bergman
- New interview with Arkin
- In Support of The In-Laws, a new interview program featuring actors Ed Begley Jr., Nancy Dussault, James Hong, and David Paymer
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by comedy writer Stephen Winer and a 2011 recollection of the making of the film by Hiller
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But, especially the Actors. The late Peter Falk and the alive Alan Arkin are PERFECT together. They interact exactly how I did "back in the days" when I worked in Central America- in the 1970s. There is more TRUTH to this tale than anyone but those of us who LIVED IT can know. Not only that, but my Dear, Late Wife, Judy, managed a Dental Office. One of my best friends was the Dentist!
Watch this movie! BUY this movie! You won't be disappointed. "Beaks.......! Flies with BEAKS!?" FUNNY to the point of HILARITY!
For god's sake, leave the remake alone and stick with the original. Peter Falk and Alan Arkin make for a pair of comedic masters carrying this film, but there's also not a single weak point in any of the supporting cast.
I'm laughing from running lines in my head even as I type this. You'd be surprised what you can get away with in bars and parties simply by citing the "Guacamole Act of 1917" or bemoaning the "tremendous red tape in the Bush."