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The In-Laws

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Recently remade as a critically savaged vehicle for Michael Douglas (see page 105), this 1979 comedy isn't much better - although it's saved by two terrific performances. Dentist Sheldon Kornpett (Alan Arkin) meets his daughter's future father-in-law Vince Ricardo (Columbo stalwart Peter Falk) and decides he's quite clearly a nut. But soon he's locked into a lunatic scheme, which his in-law insists is international espionage. "The trick is not to get killed, that's really the key to the benefits programme," says Falk of the CIA's appeal, in the film's funniest line. Otherwise Arkin's face - the definition of deadpan - provides the most amusement, as their energy carries the ramshackle script along.

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: February 1st 2004

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