The In-Laws (2003 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Andrew Fleming|
|Produced by||Andrew Bergman
Bill Todman, Jr.
|Written by||Andrew Bergman (screenplay "The In-Laws")
Nat Mauldin (screenplay)
Ed Solomon (screenplay)
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
The In-Laws is a 2003 American comedy film starring Michael Douglas, Albert Brooks, Candice Bergen, Robin Tunney, Maria Ricossa, Lindsay Sloane and Ryan Reynolds. The film is a remake of the original 1979 cult classic, which starred Alan Arkin and Peter Falk. Scenes for the 2003 film were shot on location in Chicago. The film was a box office failure, but received mixed reviews.
Steve Tobias (Michael Douglas) is an undercover agent of the CIA whose son, Mark (Ryan Reynolds), is getting married to Melissa Peyser (Lindsay Sloane). Her father is mild-mannered foot doctor, Jerry Peyser (Albert Brooks). When the two families meet for dinner, Peyser stumbles on to Steve Tobias' secret operation as Tobias tries to set up a deal to sell a Russian submarine, the Olga, to an arms smuggler in France as a bait. As Peyser's incidental involvement increases, he is suspected by the FBI of being part of a seemingly malicious deal. Dragged kicking and screaming, Peyser decides he does not want to be involved in the deal or with Tobias' family. The two fathers-in-law end up dodging bullets, jumping off buildings, and stealing jets together as they attempt to avoid capture by the FBI.
- Albert Brooks as Jerry Peyser
- Michael Douglas as Steve Tobias
- Ryan Reynolds as Mark Tobias
- Lindsay Sloane as Melissa Peyser
- Robin Tunney as Angela Harris
- Maria Ricossa as Katherine Peyser
- Candice Bergen as Judy Tobias
- David Suchet as Jean-Pierre Thibodoux
- Vladimir Radian as Cherkasov
- Michael Bodnar as Cherkasov's Bodyguard
- Boyd Banks as Patient
- Susan Aceron as Nurse
- Chang Tseng as Quan Le
- Tamara Gorski as Yadira
- Matt Birman as Agent at Restaurant
- A. Russell Andrews as Agent Will Hutchins (as Russell Andrews)
- Richard Waugh as Agent Thorn
- Kristin Chenoweth as Person in the Background (Name Unknown)
Critical reception was poor. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 34% based on 129 reviews with a 41% audience approval rating. The consensus states "Bigger and slicker than the original, but not necessarily better".
The film failed at the box office, only recouping just under $27 million compared to its $40 million budget.