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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Douglas brings a hilarious kind of Gordon Gekko assurance to his character, and Brooks' long-suffering, naggy persona -- which hasn't had a showcase this strong since "Lost in America" -- sparks off it like Hope with Crosby.
  2. But uneven acting isn't fatal here, since Andrew Bergman's screenplay is strong enough and Andrew Fleming's direction seamless enough to carry it forward.
  3. 63
    Albert Brooks is expertly cast as a hopelessly neurotic, fanny-pack-wearing podiatrist.
  4. 50
    This In-Laws isn't a disaster, it's just not very good.
  5. 50
    Overdoes it and falls on its farce.
  6. Why do filmmakers persist in remaking films that were already great to begin with? Why not instead remake bad movies that had terrific premises?
  7. A walking-talking affront to every middle-class middle-ager it intends to sucker, this remake of the 1979 accidental-classic screwball hits every wrong note and trips on every chair leg.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. ChadB.
    Jan 25, 2008
    Kind of a "get smart" for the 21st century, very entertaining.
  2. Aug 28, 2014
    To call The In-Laws unfunny and mediocre would be a lie. Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks are genius together. It may often be over the top, but it's satisfying and hilarious. Expand
  3. JeffreyL.S.
    May 26, 2003
    I'm a huge fan of Albert Brooks & the orig. '79 version of "In-Laws" terrific! But the only thing that even keeps this from being an all-out bad-film is it's 2 stars & still barely at that. I cannot recall one scene & this is a 1st for Brooks, that was a real funny-bit? Falk was perfect in first & Arkin was a good straight man. I like to compare films in own right though. & In any right, this soon to be gone remake is just about a total dud. & Candy Bergen has an asinine throw away cameo as well. Expand
  4. PatC.
    Jun 30, 2006
    Awful in the early going, finger poised over the remote to stop the pain, but it does become watchable while remaining insultingly stupid.