The In-Laws
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Lots of people have misgiving about their in-laws, but in this offbeat comedy, a man discovers that his new son-in-law's father is significantly stranger than he's able to deal with. Jerry Peyser (Albert Brooks) is a well-meaning but slightly anal-retentive podiatrist who doesn't much care for surprises in his life. When his daughter Melissa (Lindsay Sloane) announces she's going to marry her boyfriend, Mark Tobias (Ryan Reynolds), Jerry figures that helping his wife plan the wedding and getting through the ceremony is as much excitement as he needs or wants. However, when… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Humdrum direction fails to elevate an already bankrupt idea from its relentless doldrums."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"This In-Laws isn't a disaster, it's just not very good."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"This movie has more misfires than hits."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Like most weddings, it's more tedious than terrific. The humour is one note, with the same jokes being told and retold throughout the film."
‑ Terri Clark, Apollo Guide
"It's good to see Douglas, who's so good at those nasty Gordon Gekko types, take on a comic role but he has little chemistry with Brooks"
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"Amazingly, the two versions have hit the casting bull's-eye twice in 24 years to provide superior entertainment."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Funny, if a bit broad."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Medíocre se analisada isoladamente, esta refilmagem se torna ainda mais constrangedora quando comparada ao divertido original."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"...a tepid remake at best and a dreary exercise in wastefulness at worst."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"scriptwriters fill in plotting gaps with unnecessary jokes at the expense of minorities, as the story heads towards a deflated, kind of begrudgingly happy ending"
‑ Mark Adnum, FILMINK (Australia)
"One of the problems with The In-Laws is that it spends as much time with the uninteresting and unfunny wedding story as it does with the spy stuff."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Its laughs are sweet-natured, and Heaven knows the lead players earn every one."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A sloppy excuse for 95 minutes of celluloid . . . Andrew Fleming's film should be outlawed for its sheer laziness alone."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"The kind of sequel-and-remake overkill that turns Hollywood on-and on and on."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"If the CIA really did every-thing so openly as one of its operatives does in The In-Laws, it's amazing any of them could stay under cover."
‑ Michael Drakulich, Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
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