The In-Laws (2003 film)

The In-Laws

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andrew Fleming
Produced by Bill Gerber
Elie Samaha
Bill Todman, Jr.
Joel Simon
Written by Andrew Bergman (screenplay The In-Laws)
Nat Mauldin (screenplay)
Ed Solomon (screenplay)
Starring Michael Douglas
Albert Brooks
Ryan Reynolds
Candice Bergen
Maria Ricossa
Lindsay Sloane
Robin Tunney
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • May 23, 2003 (2003-05-23)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
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, 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 and received negative 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.



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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