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The In-Laws
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The In-Laws

1979
Comedy
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1h 43m
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Avg Percentile 58.14% from 225 total ratings

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Rated 12 Jun 2014
63
19th
Why is this guy so LOUD???
Rated 09 Apr 2009
72
71st
There are a lot of good things to say about The In-Laws. The casting is terrific and the two leads make a very amusing odd couple. The story seems just haphazard enough to surprise you at the end, and it's peppered with amusing minor characters. Even the music is rather delightful. It isn't so much a laugh-out-loud comedy as a quietly amusing comedy, but that's mostly because it's busy keeping you guessing about what will happen. Or maybe I just identify too much with Arkin's character.
Rated 04 Mar 2017
63
54th
Comedies from the 1970's tended to suffer from pacing problems and The In-Laws is no exception. Hiller's direction is a double edged sword; his light and loose approach gives Falk and Arkin room to breathe, which was smart given their considerable talent and chemistry as the perfect odd couple (the film is beneath them) but the action scenes are clumsily staged and the jokes often miss their marks even if the actors don't. There are a few solid laughs, but it should have been better.
Rated 06 Jul 2021
50
34th
Andrew Bergman's absurd screenplay is heightened by great performances from Falk and Arkin. The two lead actors seem perfectly cast as Bergman wrote the roles specifically for the two of them. Arthur Hiller's direction mostly stays out of the way as Falk and Arkin skillfully move between wit and slapstick.
Rated 30 Mar 2007
80
68th
Looney, highly fun movie
Rated 24 Nov 2020
80
68th
This is the kind of comedy that works very well partly because it's clever, but mostly because it's impeccably cast. Falk and Arkin are both in top form and you just want to see more of them. Richard Libertini comes along and steals scenes from them as the dictator. James Hong gives the world's funniest airline safety lecture. It's superb. Remember ... serpentine.
Rated 03 Mar 2018
60
51st
A hit and miss spy caper comedy that relies heavy on the chemistry and comic timing of the two leads. The beginning is great and it had some funny scenes throughout but it ran out of steam towards the end.
Rated 28 Jul 2015
85
59th
A sprightly comedy that relies mostly on the brilliant pair of Peter Falk and Alan Arkin for laughs, but it's also the sort of zippy, plot-heavy, kinda-suspenseful comedy that was done really well back in the day and is never done now. It's a good one.
Rated 28 Jan 2015
70
50th
Predictable in many ways but enjoyable nonetheless.
Rated 23 Aug 2014
90
90th
Much more than a predictable odd couple movie. Casted and acted perfectly, with superb writing. Honestly just stick with it. The first third of the film does an amazing job of setting up the other two thirds. Such an underrated film.
Rated 11 Aug 2014
75
30th
A comedy script that accelerates gradually and crisply with great clear-cut farce, so that even if it falters, the manic on-screen presence of able comic actors will be all we could ask of it. Arkin is one of the funniest men in the movies, and most of his most side-splitting moments come from the pure spontaneity of his reactions to what happens to him.
Rated 17 Oct 2013
80
86th
I need to buy more black velvet paintings.
Rated 09 Apr 2011
40
27th
Fairly frivolous, but trite and really not funny.
Rated 30 Jul 2010
6
0th
Andrew Bergman's script commendably unpredictable start to finish; Libertini hilarious as Latin dictator with a Señor Wences fetish. Enjoyable score by John Morris.
Rated 04 Dec 2009
71
50th
A standard slapstick premise made fresh by excellent casting. Falk and Arkin delightfully engage in their particular brands of shtick; they're a perfectly matched odd couple.
Rated 22 Sep 2009
81
83rd
Love this film. Arkin and Falk do the "odd couple" routine perfectly. Stiller and DeNiro should have watched this before attempting Meet The Parents.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
90
75th
Watch this original instead of the remake. This one's actually funny.

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