Monster-in-Law (2005)



Critic Consensus: While Jane Fonda steals the movie in her return to the screen, a tired script and flimsy performances make this borderline comedy fall flat.

Movie Info

It's not unusual to see two women fighting over the same man in a movie, only this time it's his mother and his fiancée vying for his attention in this broad comedy. While Charlotte Cantilini (Jennifer Lopez), known to her friends as Charlie, has never had much luck in her love life, one day her ship arrives in a big way when she meets Kevin Fields (Michael Vartan), a doctor who is charming, handsome, and wealthy. Kevin also has a famous mother, Viola Fields (Jane Fonda), who has enjoyed a long … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sex references and language.)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Richard LaGravenese, Anya Kochoff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 30, 2005
Box Office: $82.8M
New Line Cinema - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Monster-in-Law

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (47)

Fonda is terrific playing the mess that is Viola. Her introduction tells you everything you need to know about her: after learning she has been fired she attacks a vacuous Britney Spears clone on air. It never reaches that kind of mean-spirited fun again.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011

The catfight battle between Fonda and Lopez barely reaches a simmer before all is forgiven and the audience is dismissed from their seats.

Full Review… | June 20, 2009

For a revenge comedy to work, the villain should be so despicable that you relish those moments when the victim turns the tables and gets even. This flick is misleading because the title character is not really mean, but rather a sympathetic figure.

Full Review… | June 20, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

In the American tradition of diva moms from hell.

Full Review… | May 11, 2007
Long Island Press

In this casting match-up, Lopez is totally outclassed.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

For such a rich premise, Kochoff produced a fairly lackluster script.

November 2, 2006
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for Monster-in-Law

Harmless piece of fluff. The best thing about it is the location, really beautiful to look at. Story is a bit predicable and no real laughs, but pleasant enough use of two hours on a boring weekend.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Bad return of Jane Fonda to the cinema. Monster-in-Law have a terrible and tired script. A poor work of Richard LaGravenese. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Some of the scenes were funny between Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda. But, sadly just another average chick flick where you know the ending by the start of the film.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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