Raymond Wong's Mandarin Films jumps back into the Lunar New Year fray with In-Laws, Out-Laws, an ensemble comedy which recalls the Lunar New Year flicks of years past. Like some of the other flicks Wong had his name on (Eighth Happiness, All's Well Ends Well), In-Laws, Out-Laws centers on family hijinks, and is generally steeped in cultural mores which may lose some Western audiences. However, unlike those films, In-Laws, Out-Laws has extra source material: it was based on a hit Guangzhou television show, which means an extra layer of cultural specificity which might make the film even more inaccessible to Western audiences. Another major difference: most of the cast members of this film are generally not "names" in the Hong Kong entertainment circle. Also, the movie is really not very good, though that's not really a function of the above-named differences. It's just the way things are.
When the teenager Mary Elizabeth Steppe, a.k.a. Lola, moves with her mother and two younger twin sisters from New York to the suburb of Dellwood, New Jersey, she has the feeling that her cultural and entertaining world ended.
In 1950, in South Korea, shoe-shiner Jin-tae Lee and his 18-year-old old student brother, Jin-seok Lee, form a poor but happy family with their mother, Jin-tae's fiancé Young-shin Kim, and her young sisters.