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Monster-in-Law (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 13 May 2005 (USA)
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The love life of Charlotte is reduced to an endless string of disastrous blind dates, until she meets the perfect man, Kevin. Unfortunately, his merciless mother will do anything to destroy their relationship.

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Robert Luketic

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Anya Kochoff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lopez ... Charlie
Jane Fonda ... Viola Fields
Michael Vartan ... Dr. Kevin Fields
Wanda Sykes ... Ruby
Adam Scott ... Remy
Monet Mazur ... Fiona
Annie Parisse ... Morgan
Will Arnett ... Kit
Elaine Stritch ... Gertrude
Stephen Dunham ... Dr. Paul Chamberlain
Randee Heller ... Beverly Hills Dog Owner
Mark Moses ... Coffee Shop Customer
Tomiko Fraser ... Coffee Shop Clerk
Rochelle Flexer Rochelle Flexer ... Dr. Patel's Nurse
Wayne Nickel Wayne Nickel ... George
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Storyline

After years of looking for Mr. Right, Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini finally finds the man of her dreams, Kevin Fields, only to discover that his mother, Viola, is the woman of her nightmares. A recently fired news anchor who is afraid she will lose her son the way she has just lost her career, Viola determines to scare off her son's new fiancé by becoming the world's worst mother-in-law. While Viola's long-time assistant Ruby does her best to help Viola execute her crazy schemes, Charlie decides to fight back and the gloves come off as the two women battle it out to see just who is the alpha-female. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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This relationship is going to be a real mother. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex references and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster-in-Law See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,000,000, 15 May 2005

Gross USA:

$82,931,301

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$153,774,400
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film marked Jane Fonda's return to the big screen, a hiatus of fifteen years since Stanley & Iris (1990). Fonda had been living in Atlanta, Georgia since the early '90s and planned on staying there for the rest of her life, only making one other movie (Georgia Rule (2007)) during the remainder of the '00s. "I'm not looking to start a new career" said the then-semiretired star, but in late 2010 she announced on her website that she'd changed her mind and was moving back to L.A. Fonda's full-fledged comeback started in 2012, seven years after Monster-in-Law (2005) was released and now she's working constantly. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie and Viola are watching A Nightmare on Elm Street, the scene in the movie where Freddy chases Tina is shown first and a few moments later the scene where Freddy appears for the very first time is shown, like the movie is playing backwards. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Charlie sitting at her desk at home. Phone rings. Charlie lets the answering machine pick up and listens to the recording]
Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini: [Answering machine message] Hi, it's Charlie. Leave a message.
[Answering machine beeps to signal beginning of message]
Carol, from LA Temp Agency: [Leaving message on answering machine] Hi Charlie, it's Carol from the L.A. Temp Agency. Listen, Dr. Patel's office needs you for tomorrow. Is that ok? Let me know. Bye.
[Answering machine beeps signaling end of message]
Remy: [Charlie sketching]
[...]
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Soundtracks

Love (Koop Remix)
Written by Rosey (as Nancy Joy Kaye) and Darryl Swann
Performed by Rosey
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Enjoyable to watch as long as you don't take it too seriously
13 May 2005 | by christian123See all my reviews

Charlotte Honeywell (Jennifer Lopez) has had problems finding the perfect man until she starts dating Kevin (Michael Vartan). Thing are going well until she meets his overbearing mother (Jane Fonda), a recently fired news anchorwoman who takes her aggression out on her son's new girlfriend with help from her assistant Ruby (Wanda Sykes). But Charlotte is ready to fight back.

The premise is rather old and it has been done to death recently. Shrek 2, Meet the Fockers, Guess Who and now this film. I still enjoy this type of comedy but this is the worse one of the previous four. However, Monster-in-Law is still an enjoyable movie. It doesn't offer anything memorable but it's pretty entertaining while it lasts. I'll admit the movie is highly unrealistic from the cruel stuff Fonda and Lopez do to each other to the nice home Lopez owns despite the fact that it looks way too expensive for her to own. Some of the cruel things they do to each other is pretty funny while other times it's just a bit too much. Luckily, there really isn't too much of this material since the movie is only 100 minutes long. So the film hardly gets boring and it ends before it wears out its welcome.

The acting is alright, with a few performances really saving the movie. Jane Fonda gives a really funny performance as Charlotte. She does go over the top but her performance is still a lot of fun to watch on screen. Jennifer Lopez gives a bland performance, nothing special. Her chemistry with Fonda is weak and their scenes aren't as good as they could have been. Wanda Sykes offers a funny performance as Ruby. Her scenes with Jane Fonda are the best things about the movie though she gets a little annoying. Michael Vartan is kind of just there and he doesn't really do anything special.

Robert Luketic directs and he does an okay job. He could have made the film a little more realistic and a little less sitcomish but the movie turned out okay. The audience I saw this with were really into it and they seemed to be enjoying themselves. Obviously, critics won't like this film but those looking for a nice comedy should check out this movie. It is a little mean spirited and predictable but this doesn't take away too much from the movie. In the end, Monster-in-Law is a good time passer, nothing more or less. Rating 7/10


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