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128 Ratings

The In-Laws

Directed by Arthur Hiller
United States, 1979


Directed by Arthur Hiller from an ingenious script by Andrew Bergman, The In-Laws deserves its status as a madcap classic—one that still continues to draw ardent fans—as Alan Arkin’s mild-mannered dentist suspiciously eyes Peter Falk’s volatile mystery man, whose son is engaged to his daughter.

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The In-Laws Directed by Arthur Hiller

Critics reviews

The character’s silly demeanor wisely takes aim at films where the depiction of Hispanic figures is almost exclusively foreboding (once again, The French Connection comes to mind with its use of Fernando Rey’s character). And yet, despite these considerable jabs and jokes, The In-Laws never makes deeper, sustained sense of its premise and seems content to revel in the more basic pleasure of seeing Falk and Arkin interact with one another.
July 14, 2016
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Everyone involved with The In-Laws appear to have worked together in perfect synchronization to make this film the gem it is. Like most great comedies, it started with the script, and Bergman’s takes the form of farce… The script gives solid underpinnings to the craziness, but Bergman’s greatest farcical concept is this: to introduce an apparent madman into the world of a sane character and, scene by scene, bring that ordinary man into a world fully as insane as its avatar.
July 05, 2016
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