In-Laws, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3

In this Warner Brothers Comedy Romance, Angela Harris (Robin Tunney), wants a simple marriage with six people on the beach, but her over-bearing father, Jerry Peyser (Albert Brooks), is going out of his way to make the wedding something to remember. What he finds out when he finally meets the grooms father, Steve Tobias (Michael Douglas), is more than he bargained for. Tobias, who is supposedly a copier salesman, is in fact a CIA-agent, involved in a scheme to sell a renegade nuclear submarine. Straight-laced conservative podiatrist Peyser is dragged kicking and screaming into a wild series of comical and exciting events with his out-going, globetrotting, flamboyant future in-law. Through their adventures, the quiet Peyser overcomes some of his insecurities, and the hard-boiled Tobias discovers his softer side. There are plenty of laughs and a great deal of secret agent action/thrills in this remake of the 1979 movie.

As the CIA plot unfolds there are several scenes involving violence, however, none are of a graphic or bloody nature. Several characters use martial arts moves and there are several hand-to-hand fights. In one scene a plane crash is actually a remote-control plane with no one in it. A torpedo destroys a submarine, yet we see survivors being rescued. The terrorist to whom Tobias is selling the submarine is portrayed as a bi-sexual who develops a crush on Peyser. He makes several suggestive comments and passes at Peyser, who is simply playing along and is certainly uncomfortable as he turns away the advances. Several uses of exclamatory profanity and a few obscenities, along with the mild violence and sexually suggestive dialogue earn The In-Laws a negative acceptability rating.

Preview Reviewer: Bob Nusser
Warner Brothers

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Crude Language: Many (17) times Mild 14, moderate 3

Obscene Language: Few (4) times F-word 1, S-word 3

Profanity: Many (12) time Exclamatory (O.M.G., Mother of God, Thank God, Oh God)

Violence: Several mild scenes (Men shot at by terrorists, car chases, martial arts fights, man punched in face, man slapped in face, man kicked, car crashes, plane crash, explosions)

Sex: None.

Nudity: Near Nudity: Few (girl bends over to show her underwear, several shots of women in bathing suits, men shown in thong bathing suits).

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many (man discusses his sexual preferences, man tells other man he is attracted to him and wants to marry him, man makes several sexually suggestive comments regarding his desire for man, woman talks about her sexual activity with her ex-husband, mans sexual prowess discussed, man given nickname that refers to his sexual endowment, bridesmaid tells bride she slept with groom in the past, man and womans discussion full of sexual innuendo)

Drugs: Few Beer drinking at dinner, champagne/wine drinking shown in several restaurant scenes, references made to drug use.

Other: Man overcomes his insecurities, father realizes his family is more important than his work, FBI agents shown as somewhat incompetent.

Running Time: 98 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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