The In-Laws (2003 film)

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The In-Laws
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndrew Fleming
Produced byBill Gerber
Elie Samaha
Bill Todman, Jr.
Joel Simon
Written byAndrew Bergman (screenplay The In-Laws)
Nat Mauldin (screenplay)
Ed Solomon (screenplay)
StarringMichael Douglas
Albert Brooks
Ryan Reynolds
Candice Bergen
Maria Ricossa
Lindsay Sloane
Robin Tunney
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • May 23, 2003 (2003-05-23)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$40 million
Box office$26,891,849[1]

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 of the same name. Scenes for the 2003 film were shot on location in Chicago. The film was a box office failure and received negative reviews.


Steve Tobias is an undercover agent of the CIA whose son, Mark, is getting married to Melissa Peyser. Her father is mild-mannered foot doctor, Jerry Peyser. 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 bait to catch arms smugglers. 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 future fathers-in-law end up dodging bullets, jumping off buildings, and stealing jets together as they attempt to avoid capture by the FBI.



The In-Laws had a negative critical reception. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 34% score, based on 129 reviews, with a 41% audience approval rating. The consensus states "Bigger and slicker than the original, but not necessarily better".[2] The film failed at the box office, recouping just under $27 million, compared to its $40 million budget.

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  1. ^ The In-Laws (2003). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
  2. ^ [1]

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