The In-Laws [DVD]
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The In-Laws is a hilarious action comedy starring 5-time Emmy Award winner Peter Falk (Columbo, The Brinks Job, The Princess Bride) as CIA agent Vincent Ricardo and Golden Globe winner Alan Arkin (Catch-22, Grosse Pointe Blank) as dentist Sheldon Kornpett. Sheldon is a dentist from New Jersey, Vincent travels a lot on business. Sheldons got a successful practice and Vincents got a dubious past. In 48 hours Vincents son is marrying Sheldons daughter and what happens in between will bring them together for better or worse. Arthur Hiller (Love Story) directs the car chases, gunfights and witty one-liners, extracting perfect chemistry between the two leads as they adventure across South America together.
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This is a wonderful film, very very funny from beginning to end. Arkin's bemused dismay as he finds himself dragged into the complex plotting of the maverick Falk is marvellous, and Falk's nonchalant acceptance of everything that happens, up to and including a firing squad, makes an hilarious contrast with Arkin's panic. One of my favourite scenes is where Falk is in a cafe explaining to a taxi driver that he works for the CIA. He explains: "The benfits are terrific. The trick is not to get killed. That's really the key to the benefit programme." Falk and Arkin make an absolutely wonderful double act.
Warners DVD includes an audio commentary by Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Arthur Hiller and Andrew Bergman and trailer as extras.
shown on television, but if it ever was I must have missed it. To my delight I recently found it on Amazon and with trepidation
I bought it, worrying that my memory of the comedy factor might have become distorted with the passage of time.
I worried needlessly, it is still fantastically funny.
Falk and Arkin play off each other wonderfully, there's a good support cast of characters (the barmy South American general with his painted on hand puppet is a gem and James Hong's airplane safety routine speech that he gives to the almost catatonic Arkin in the tiny private jet, all done in frenzied Chinese and mime, is a blast!), it's fast moving and just plain out and out fun in that unique 70's way.
Which of course meant it got yet another pointless re-make recently.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my all time favourite comedies, wall to wall wit and belly laughs. Could watch this movie over and over and still laugh. A timeless classic.Published 21 months ago by Kristina Lavica
Two brilliant actors, Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, share a special chemistry in this film. The script is full of lines you can quote for the rest of your life. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2014 by Very Eclectic Lady