The Washington Post By Ann Hornaday
Is there an actor alive who can make discomfort as hilarious as Albert Brooks?
Woody Allen comes to mind, and indeed Brooks has often been called Allen’s West Coast obverse. But the comparison doesn’t do justice to Brooks as the original that he is. Happily, Brooks takes center stage in “The In-Laws,” a surprisingly sprightly remake of the 1979 movie starring Alan Arkin and Peter Falk. Here, Michael Douglas takes on Falk’s role of the high-flying undercover agent, but in the updated version Douglas is mostly a slick, loquacious foil for Brooks’s pained comedy, which gets only funnier as the film gets busier. As an anxious Everyman caught in a whirlwind of international intrigue and ever-escalating action, Brooks is a quietly molten core of hapless, and helplessly funny, midlife angst.
New York Daily News By Nancy Mills
Father of the Bride Meets a Son of a …: Albert Brooks in ‘The In-Laws’
HOLLYWOOD — Albert Brooks is not pacing around his hotel room. He has two movies about to open — “The In-Laws” tomorrow and “Finding Nemo” May 30 — but angst is not piling up in little neurotic molehills.
What’s wrong with him?
“Having a wife and kids has more than mellowed me,” says Brooks, 55, who married multimedia artist Kimberly Shlain six years ago and is the father of a son (Jacob, 4 1/2) and a daughter (Claire, 3).
Los Angeles Times Calendar Section By Lewis Beale & Jennifer S. Altman
In “The In-Laws,” Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks
clown and carouse in the best tradition of comedy teams.
Abbott and Costello. Rowan and Martin. Hope and Crosby. Burns and Allen.
Douglas and Brooks?
Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks haven’t exactly joined the pantheon of immortal comic teams, but they give it their best shot in the Warner Bros. film “The In-Laws,” opening Friday. Based very loosely on the 1979 comedy starring Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, the movie features Brooks as an uptight Chicago podiatrist who, because their children are about to get married, becomes involved with wild and crazy CIA operative Michael Douglas.
In 1971, a stand-up comic named Albert Brooks wrote an Esquire article about a non-existent school for comedians. Later, PBS hired him to make an information commercial for the same fake school. The show ran on the network’s The Great American Dream Machine. Brooks went from there to a season making short films for Saturday Night Live and wrote, directed and starred in the feature film Real Life.
Since then he has made six films of his own and has taken acting roles in 10 other movies including the recent My First Mister, which marked the directing debut of Christine Lahti. While promoting the film, Brooks talked to Reel West about Saturday Night Live, the on-set problems that arise when the director also acts and the reasons why he became a triple threat.
Tribute.com Bonnie Laufer
B.L. So what took so darn long to get you two together in a film?
A.B I’ve got a terrible agent. (turns to Michael) What’s your excuse?
M.D. (laughing) I don’t now, I wasn’t the first person they thought about for a buddy picture…
A.B. Oh come on, I wasn’t Gwyneth Paltrow that’s why!
M.D. That’s true and I didn’t try to kill your dog or you or your sister.
A.B. Michael came to the conclusion that he should work with men too.
M.D. That’s true, you reach a certain age and it’s the only way to go.