"Serpentine, Shel, serpentine!" The In-Laws never gets old. Peter Falk and Alan Arkin made a great comedy team. I wish they had done more together. Martin and Lewis, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy--made lots of entertaining movies, but Arkin and Falk were extraordinary, and without the silliness that was so often part of the other comedy duos. I'm not saying that this film doesn't require significant suspension of disbelief. It's just at a higher level. IMDB: 7.4 (I'd give it 8)
That's why I wondered why...why remake a modern classic? Bigger budget, contemporary stars? OK. This movie has its moments, and Albert Brooks does great comedy. Michael Douglas also did a credible job here. This one, though, complicates the story line, has a few too many personalities, and takes Suspension of Disbelief over the top. Moderately entertaining, and your wife will like it for Michael Douglas. IMDB: 5.7 (I'd give it 6)
I know it was an easy deal putting these two in the same package, since they were the same studio. Imagine a boxed set of all the movie versions of War of the Worlds!