Son in Law

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Son in Law
Pictures of a duck, a pig, a cow, a person. The person is labelled "The Weasel"
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steve Rash
Produced by Peter M. Lenkov
Michael Rotenberg
Written by Patrick Clifton
Susan McMartin
Peter M. Lenkov
Fax Bahr
Adam Small
Shawn Schepps
Starring Pauly Shore
Carla Gugino
Lane Smith
Cindy Pickett
Tiffani Thiessen
Dan Gauthier
Patrick Renna
Dennis Burkley
Brendan Fraser
Music by Richard Gibbs
Cinematography Peter Deming
Edited by Dennis M. Hill
Jerry L. Roof
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • July 2, 1993 (1993-07-02) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $36,448,400[1]

Son in Law is a 1993 American comedy film starring Pauly Shore, Carla Gugino, Lane Smith, Cindy Pickett, Tiffani Thiessen, Patrick Renna, Dan Gauthier and Dennis Burkley.


Rebecca Warner (Carla Gugino) is a small town South Dakota farm girl who has given up the small town life in favor of college at the University of Los Angeles. After arriving, she encounters a massive culture shock in both the city and her own dorm. She is seriously considering returning home — until she meets Crawl (Pauly Shore), her dorm residential advisor who has been attending college for several years. He persuades her to stay in California and begins to introduce her to the lifestyles and customs that she had been so afraid of.

Upon her return home, Becca's parents Walter (Lane Smith), Connie (Cindy Pickett), her teenage brother Zack (Patrick Renna), her grandfather Walter Sr. (Mason Adams) and Travis (Dan Gauthier) are shocked by her SoCal style and changes. Their normally conservative lifestyle is intruded upon by Crawl, who initially got on Walter's wrong foot when Walter was moving Becca into the dorms.

Travis sets up a bachelor party to welcome Crawl into their lives and sets up Tracy to sing and dance for him. The next morning Crawl and Tracy awaken in the barn, having apparently slept together, but neither of them can remember what happened. This upsets Becca, who immediately calls off the engagement. Tracy is then welcomed to the table, and just as Becca is about to reveal that the proposal was a hoax, Crawl interrupts her, advising that they should wait a while before actually getting married, suggesting he plans a legitimate proposal to Becca, and finally earning Walter's full respect.



After Encino Man, Disney had the option of two more films with Shore. Shore was considering a film Totally London with New Line Cinema, but was persuaded by Katzenberg to stay with Disney and make Son in Law.[2]


The promotional poster for the film is a parody of the painting American Gothic. The opening title sequence and graduation ceremony scene were filmed at Sierra Vista High School, located in Baldwin Park, California at the old football stadium.

To promote the film, MTV ran a contest to marry Pauly Shore in Las Vegas. Tanya Cinotti of Salisbury, Massachusetts, won the honor and the wedding was set for July 2, 1993. Though there was a ceremony, no marriage certificates were signed.[3]


Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 22% based on reviews from 18 critics.[4]

The Los Angeles Times suggests the film is trying to be a comedy version of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner although the lead character is genuinely a destructive jerk. The film is given some small praise for its "bright surface, brisk direction and even a few funny performances" but the reviewer bemoans "laborious innuendoes and slick double-entendres".[5]


  1. ^ "Son-in-Law (1993)". Box Office Mojo. IMDB. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Wells, Jeffrey (20 September 1992). "A look inside Hollywood and the movies. : TOTALLY TINSELTOWN : The War Over Pauly Shore's Next Movie or Why Hollywood Is Sooooo Much Fun". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ Meyers, Kate (30 July 1993). "Marrying Man". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Son in Law (1993)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. 
  5. ^ MICHAEL WILMINGTON (July 2, 1993). "MOVIE REVIEW : A Silly Mix of Bad Ideas in 'Son-in-Law'". Los Angeles Times. 

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