Release year: 2003
Director: Andrew Fleming
Screenwriter: Andrew Bergman, Nat Mauldin, Ed Solomon
Starring: Michael Douglas, Albert Brooks, Ryan Reynolds, Lindsay Sloane, Maria Ricossa, Candice Bergen, David Suchet, Robin Tunney
The up-coming marriage between Mark (Ryan Reynolds) and Melissa (Lindsay Sloane) is endangered by the groom’s unreliable dad Steve (Michael Douglas). The reason is that he is a deep undercover CIA agent and soon he has Melissa’s unwilling dad (Albert Brooks) involved in dangerous spy stuff.
A mediocre script is somewhat refreshed by the performances by Douglas (Basic Instinct, 1992) and Brooks (Broadcast news, 1987), but not enough to make this spectacular. A remake of the 1979 action comedy by the same name and starring Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, the movie has its charms but somehow feels lukewarm. The movie focuses mainly on the two fathers fighting their way through Steve’s latest assignment, meaning the otherwise great support cast is mostly wasted, which is probably what makes them seem so unenthusiastic. It somehow seems so eager to get from scene to scene that the jokes ends up feeling rushed and shallow. A nice attempt but a movie you will forget shortly after watching it.
The working title for this movie was “‘Til Death Do Us Part.”
Picture copyrights: Warner Home Video