Criterion Year Week 72: The In Laws

The Criterion Collection, the last vestige of truly collectible DVD and Blu-Ray movies in existence. These are well produced, fancy pants editions of important and interesting films for the discerning film lover.

We continue our journey through Jim's collection of movies with...

The In-Laws

Spine Number: 823

Director:Arthur Hiller

Genre: Comedy


There is no shortage of criminally overlooked movies. Yes, they have an audience, and they are beloved by that audience. But it just feels like they don't get the amount of attention they deserve.

Well,"The In-Laws" is one of those movies.


This is one of those movies that could have happened in the 70's. Alan Arkin and Peter Faulk are pitch perfect in their respective roles as an uptight dentist and a completely off the rails CIA man. It is populated with a fantastic collection of actors and is flawlessly written and directed. It's a rare feat of broad comedy with an intellegent delivery. 

So, join us as we take a look at a too often overlooked classic, and remember... "Serpentine!"



Next time...

Spine number 830: Chimes at Midnight

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