Parents' Guide to

The In-Laws

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

This movie has more misfires than hits.

Movie PG-13 2003 98 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Very suggestive, but entertaining to watch.

This movie about a spy who is trying to not mess up his son's wedding has some very funny moments, and entertaining chemistry between Douglas and Brooks. It's not a film I'd recommend to younger teens or kids, though. There is some very provocative sexual innuendo (mainly where a man overhears dialogue between two characters and thinks they are getting intimate), other sexual references, and a homosexual kiss (one of the male characters is attracted to Brooks' character). For violence, nothing too intense, it's pretty standard action for a PG-13 film (explosions, hand-to-hand combat, and shootings). For language: one f-bomb, and other curse words (s-words included). I have not seen the original, but I do think this movie does its job at entertaining and making its audience laugh, even if it isn't the best. 6.8/10

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

It's hard to blow a premise like this one -- color-in-the-lines, risk-adverse man meets his daughter's overly adventurous father-in-law just before the wedding. It worked pretty well in the 1973 original starring Alan Arkin and Peter Falk. But this retread has more misfires than hits.

It's always fun to watch Brooks unravel, Douglas gives an appealingly loose performance, and there are a couple of genuinely funny moments. But the film lacks the energy and zaniness of the original.

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