|THE IN-LAWS (director: Arthur Hiller; screenwriter: Andrew Bergman; cinematographer: David M. Walsh; editor: Robert Swink; music: John Morris; cast: Alan Arkin (Sheldon Kornpett), Peter Falk (Vince Ricardo), Richard Libertini (General Garcia), Nancy Dussault (Carol Kornpett), Arlene Golonka (Jean Ricardo), Michael Lembeck (Tommy Ricardo), Penny Peyser (Barbara Kornpett), Paul L. Smith (Mo), Ed Begley, Jr. (Barry Lutz), David Paymer (cab driver); Runtime: 103; MPAA Rating: ; producers: Arthur Hiller/William Sackheim; Warner Bros. Pictures; 1979)|
|"The teaming of Alan Arkin with
Peter Falk was inspired casting."
by Dennis Schwartz
Hiller ("The Hospital"/"Love
Story"/"Silver Streak") skillfully directs this
hilarious buddy picture spy satire. Blazing Saddle
writer Andrew Bergman turns in the spot-on comedy
script. The teaming of Alan Arkin with Peter Falk was
inspired casting. The film's pleasures include zany
Manhattan dentist Sheldon Kornpett
(Alan Arkin) and eccentric
CIA agent Vince Ricardo (Peter Falk) meet because of
the upcoming marriage of Sheldon's daughter (Penny
Peyser) to Vince's son (Michael
Lembeck). The timid Sheldon is
talked into going on a series of risky adventures with
the CIA agent, and travels to South America on a
mission to recover US treasury plates stolen by
dangerous underworld thugs. General Garcia (Richard
Libertini) is the deranged
S.A. banana republic dictator who talks to his hand,
and has an
ongoing scheme to counterfeit and undermine U.S.
currency. Libertini is
insanely funny and his performance steals the show.
REVIEWED ON 3/27/2015 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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