The In-Laws

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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This movie has more misfires than hits.
  • PG-13
  • 2003
  • 98 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


Action violence and peril.


Very explicit sexual references for a PG-13.


Some strong language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some very strong material for a PG-13. This includes crude jokes about the criminal's homosexual attraction to Jerry and Steve's ex-wife (Candace Bergen) explaining that she and Steve used to have great "angry sex." A bridesmaid gets drunk and confesses that she and the groom had sex before he met the bride. There's comic peril and violence, and characters are killed.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byjmo97 May 28, 2016

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. I... Continue reading
Adult Written byWhatdoIthink? April 9, 2008

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What's the story?

In this remake, Albert Brooks plays Jerry, a worrywart of a podiatrist who is obsessively planning every detail of his daughter's wedding. Enter Steve, his daughter's prospective free spirit father-in-law who is some sort of secret agent. Steve's case involving an arms dealer and a stolen submarine is concluding just as the wedding approaches, and Jerry gets mixed up in a series of wild adventures that include Barbra Streisand's jet, parachuting off a skyscraper, and a dip in a hot tub with a high strung international criminal who is having something of a sexual preference meltdown.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the stories of bringing their own in-laws together for the first time.

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