Everybody's a critic - 'The In-Laws'

Friday, May 30, 2003

One star (out of 4)

Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks are excellent future in-laws, but beyond that "The In-Laws" falls short of being "relative" to a good movie. Michael Douglas is a undercover CIA agent that likes to combine work with what family life he still possesses. Albert Brooks plays the father of the bride. On the eve their children's wedding, Douglas and Brooks embark on a CIA caper that leaves the wedding in a mess. But "The In-Laws" delivers some very funny moments of Douglas and Brooks playing off of each others character strengths and weaknesses; Douglas being very overt and "in-your-face" and Brooks playing his usual neurotic schtik. Oddly, this is another Hollywood remake and, as usual ,the original is better. Better yet, wait till the remake comes out on video and watch both, the popcorn's much less expensive.

- Teresia Shrum

Three stars (out of 4)

I have always liked Albert Brooks and some of Michael Douglas' movies. I had no idea what to expect from them together. They are very funny.

Brooks plays a very uptight podiatrist. Douglas plays a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, deep undercover CIA agent. Brooks is mistakenly accused of being Douglas' double agent partner, Fat Cobra, and is plunged into a series of adventures he would never have taken on his own.

All the while he is trying to organize what he believes is his daughter's dream wedding. The hot-tub scene is one of the funniest I've seen in awhile. The overall tone and language of the movie is definitely not family oriented. The "In-Laws" is very predictable at times. Overall, I would say it is one of the funniest I have seen so far as a critic.

- Eric Shrum, operations manager

Three stars (out of 4)

I wasn't expecting a lot from this movie as I heard the original was below some people's standards. It was however, a very comical movie. The characters were well portrayed and the acting was incredible. The fathers of the bride and groom are complete opposites and it shows. One is calm and very adventurous. He keeps his cool in danger. The other is afraid of everything known to man and has anxiety attacks looking at planes. This provided some very good entertainment. However, the movie could have had a bit more plot. The movie basically revolves around one thing. The CIA agents could have been smarter. People in the CIA wouldn't let the things that happened in this movie happen. The characters did sometimes overact. The humor is great and there are recurring jokes that are spread throughout the movie. If you have two hours to kill, go see this movie.

- Chris Eddleman, Notre Dame Regional High School student

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