I'm a big Peter Falk fan, so I watched this movie because he was in it. Iwas in for quite a surprise. It has quickly become one of my favoritecomedies of all. Peter Falk and Alan Arkin are a perfect pair. The greatthing about this movie is that it seems to invent itself as it goes along.The movie isn't following any type of formula, it's making itself up as itgoes along, or so it seems. Very funny. My rating: 10
The In-Laws (1979) 720p YIFY Movie
The In-Laws (1979)
In preparation for his daughter's wedding, dentist Sheldon Kornpett meets Vince Ricardo, the groom's father. Vince, a manic fellow who claims to be a government agent, then proceeds to drag...
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In preparation for his daughter's wedding, dentist Sheldon Kornpett meets Vince Ricardo, the groom's father. Vince, a manic fellow who claims to be a government agent, then proceeds to drag Sheldon into a series of chases and misadventures from New York to Central America.
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Reviewed bycwillis_mVote: 10/10/10
peter faulk and alan arkin make a great comedy,team, because theycounterbalance each other. With a great script and a very funny adjoiningcast of characters, arkin and falk takes us to a various locales andabsurdlocations to show a great talent of comedic timing between the two of themone being a dentist and the other, a character of enigmatic qualities.Haveto see this one.
Peter Falk and Alan Arkin are an absolutely killer combination in thisover-the-top comedy. The writer who helped pen "Blazing Saddles," AndrewBergman, is back in a solo effort this time that downplays the profanity andadult situations of that earlier classic for a family-friendly outing thatloses none of its bite or wit.
For me, this film carries the same buttoned-down lunacy of a great Bob andRay routine, only sustained for 90 minutes, with hardly a sagging line ornote. Get through the first five minutes, a fairly routine armored carrobbery and a protracted stairwell run, and you will not be sorry, becausethe rest of "The In-Laws" is so funny, it will take you three or four eagerviewings before you appreciate just how brilliant beyond belief it is. Atleast that's what happened with me.
It's a strangely genial film, its approach personified in Peter Falk's"friend of the world" interpretation of Vince Ricardo. There's nothing thatphases him, or is too minute to warrant some breezily cheery comment, like"Is this coffee freeze-dried? It's very good." Or "The benefits [forbelonging to the CIA] are terrific. The trick is not to get killed. That'sthe whole key to the benefits package."
Ricardo's approach is exemplified in an apron he is seen wearing at abarbeque: "I'm loaded with options." That he is, and screenwriter Bergman,too. In a somewhat desultory but still necessary DVD commentary for"In-Laws" fanatics like me, it is revealed by Bergman and director ArthurHiller reveal the key moment for the screenplay is a fairly straight andjokeless scene between Alan Arkin's Dr. Kornpett and his daughter, where sheurges him not to reject Ricardo because of his subliminated sexual jealousyabout losing his daughter to Ricardo's son in marriage. Okay, maybe thatdoes read funny, but it doesn't come across as funny.
The way the scene works, once the hapless dentist hears this, he is screwed.He has to help out Ricardo, in an inane flight from the government into thearms of the only Latin American dictator who's national flag features atopless woman, and whose apparent deputy is a Senor Wences hand puppet. Youjust follow along the same way Dr. Kornpett does, never knowing what toexpect next, and, unlike him, enjoying it all the way through.
This film isn't laughs for everyone. Senator Jesus Braunsweiger'snext-of-kin and BMW enthusiasts will find plenty to mourn. But for everyoneelse seeing it for the first time, it will be a joy forever, and a bit of apuzzlement: Why isn't this comedy better-known? Why don't people quote it asreadily as "Caddyshack," "The Blues Brothers" or other lesser, contemporaryfare?
One last thing: Alan Arkin's performance is maybe the best thing in themovie. I only realized this after repeat viewings. He's not the funniestcomic actor around, frankly I never found his stuff that good in the otherfilms of his I've seen, but here he makes the thing work. I wanted to saysomething about this containing the best straight-man work since Bud Abbott,but the more I see it, the less I'm sure who's the straight man. So many ofthe great lines are his: "There are flames on my car." "Flies with beaks?""A Zee? A Zee?" "What flow? There isn't any flow." And to think his firstline in the movie is a complaint about the viscosity of his dentalbibs.
Just shut me up and go see it already. Or see it again. There's worse thingsyou could do with your time, and not much better.