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The In-Laws (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Thriller | 23 May 2003 (USA)
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Right before his daughter's wedding, a mild-mannered foot doctor discovers that his future son-in-law's father is a free-wheeling international spy.

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Andrew Fleming

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Andrew Bergman (screenplay "The In-Laws"), Nat Mauldin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Steve Tobias
Michael Bodnar Michael Bodnar ... Cherkasov's Bodyguard
Vladimir Radian Vladimir Radian ... Cherkasov
Robin Tunney ... Angela Harris
Albert Brooks ... Jerry Peyser
Boyd Banks ... Patient
Susan Aceron ... Nurse
Lindsay Sloane ... Melissa Peyser
Maria Ricossa ... Katherine Peyser
Ryan Reynolds ... Mark Tobias
Tseng Chang ... Quan Le
Tamara Gorski ... Yadira
Matt Birman ... Agent at Restaurant
A. Russell Andrews ... Agent Will Hutchins (as Russell Andrews)
Richard Waugh ... Agent Thorn
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Storyline

In four days, Jerry Peyser and Steve Tobias will become in-laws when their respective offspring, Melissa Peyser and Mark Tobias, get married. Married Jerry is a Chicago area podiatrist. He is risk averse to an extreme, afraid of heights including being in tall buildings and flying, even watching airline commercials. He is also extremely controlling, having organized the lavish wedding against the simple affair Melissa had envisioned. He is aggravated that he has not yet met Steve, who has missed one family function after another. Divorced Steve is a photocopy machine salesman... or so Mark says. In reality, Steve is a deep undercover CIA field agent, something that Mark knows but is unable to divulge to anyone, even Tracy and her family. His work, which has always overtaken his life, is the reason Steve has missed all these family events. Steve is unwilling to hand over reigns of his cases to his junior partner, the capable Angela Harris. Steve finally meets the Peysers, which Steve ... Written by Huggo

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He's not losing his daughter. He's gaining a madman. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for suggestive humor, language, some drug references and action violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wedding Party See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,319,848, 25 May 2003

Gross USA:

$20,453,431

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,891,849
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When co-screenwriter Ed Solomon came aboard in the latter stages of development, the focus was fully on co-screenwriter Nat Mauldin's script. See more »

Goofs

A submarine would never be able to get into the Great Lakes undetected as Lake St. Clair's deepest point is 27 ft. The conn tower would be showing the entire way of the trip through the lake. See more »

Quotes

Steve Tobias: So have you ever been to Vietnam?
Katherine Peyser: No, but we hear it's lovely.
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits start, the camera moves out over the water. After a while, we see and hear Angela Harris (Robin Tunney) waving and calling for help. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Multiple Takes with Albert Brooks (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Gopher Mambo
Written by Conrad Gozzo and Billy May
Performed by Yma Sumac
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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Modest script but Suchet, Brooks and Douglas are funny
22 February 2009 | by long-fordSee all my reviews

'The In-Laws' has a mediocre script but the actors successfully elevate the material. Albert Brooks in particular is very good as a neurotic podiatrist. Michael Douglas gives an energetic performance and the two work work well off each other. There are some consistent laughs throughout the film. David Suchet is fine as (MINOR SPOILERS) the gay international arms smuggler who falls in love with Brooks. The script is a gentle spoof of spy films and works well as long as you ignore the various plot holes. Douglas's family is shortchanged by the script, his relation with his estranged wife specially feels incomplete. Still watchable.

Overall 7/10


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