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THE IN-LAWS

title: THE IN-LAWS
year: 1979
cast: Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Penny Peyser, Michael Lembeck
rating: **

Peter Falk and wife have dinner with their son's future in-laws, including Alan Arkin, an average-guy dentist who's stunned as Falk lies through his teeth. Seeing these two unique actors mix and mismatch is wonderful. If the entire film, which quickly becomes a zany adventure involving espionage within a third world country, remained on this extremely odd couple putting up with each other instead of battling thugs (which any actors could do), it might have been something. Although one scene involving flying bullets and the word "serpentine" is hilarious, most of the action/chase scenes are typical and monotonous, taking away from the personalities within.
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