"The In-Laws"

(1979, Arthur Hiller) — While Sheldon Kornpett, the father of the bride, was extracting a molar from Mrs. Cohen, Vince Ricardo, the father of the groom, was extractiong $20 million from the United States Mint.

“Never mind the remake, this is the real deal, a formula comedy raised to the heights of hilarity by the kind of off-beam lunacy which probably wouldn’t get past the studio suits these days. [Andrew] Bergman’s screenplay melds odd-couple and fish-out-of-water templates, as their children’s forthcoming wedding brings together maverick undercover operative [Peter] Falk and fastidious New York dentist [Alan] Arkin, pitching both into potentially lethal circumstances ... Falk’s unflappable whimsicality is put to excellent use, Arkin commands sundry shades of blind panic, and if the car chases sustain the widely held belief that Arthur Hiller could not direct traffic, the script’s out-of-nowhere zingers are wonderful. We won’t spoil the fun but look out for the tin-pot dictator’s little ‘friend’, and chuckle for days afterwards at the hitherto unsuspected comic fecundity of the word ‘serpentine.’” — Trevor Johnston, Time Out

Following the screening, Film Forum’s Director of repertory programming, Bruce Goldstein, will moderate an interview with "The In-Laws" screenwriter Andrew Bergman.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 (All day)



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New York, NY 10014



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