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The In-Laws Review

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by AVForums Dec 1, 2003

    The In-Laws Review
    Starring both Albert Brooks and Michael Douglas, this film in it's theatrical run was not overly well received, particularly when comparisons to the 1979 original starring Peter Falk and Alan Arkin were made. For those who are not familiar with this or the original, its nearest cousin would most likely be True Lies.

    Michael Douglas plays Steve Tobias whom, too all but his son is a Xerox retailer. His real trade however is a CIA deep cover operative. Having spent his time saving the world at the expense of his marriage and son's youth, Tobias just can't keep a family related promise due to his jet-setting lifestyle.

    This all becomes a matter conscience for Tobias as his son who is about to be wed, requests after three previous failings that his father keep a dinner date with the prospective in-laws. Even at the restaurant Tobias's work requires constant departures from the dinner table, dispatching villains in the toilets etc. It is at this point that the bride's father, Jerry Peyser (Albert Brooks) becomes a reluctant partner in Tobias's attempt to stop the selling of a nuclear submarine, bring the bad guys to justice, keep the misinformed FBI at bay and still arrive in time for the wedding.

    David Suchet puts in an appearance as Thibodoux, a camp, French criminal mastermind. K.C and his Sunshine band do a turn and there's an Eastern European criminal mastermind called Cherkasov! Hmmm...

    I didn't think this film was quite as bad some have said, it is not nearly as funny as it should be but has several mildly amusing moments. It is littered with ridiculous scenario's and is sloppily held together by a poor script indeed.