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.

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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 and successful career as a news broadcaster. When Kevin and Charlie fall head over heels for one another, he opts to propose marriage to her as he's introducing Charlie to Viola over lunch. However, as far as Viola is concerned, this could not come at a worse time -- Viola has just been fired from the anchor desk, and regards her son as the only anchor left in her life. Not willing to share Kevin with anyone, Viola sets out to sabotage his relationship with Charlie in any way she can, often with the wary assistance of her secretary Ruby (Wanda Sykes). But once Charlie gets wind of Viola's schemes, she decides two can play this game. Monster-in-Law marked Jane Fonda's return to the screen after a long leave of absence; it was her first film after co-starring with Robert De Niro in 1990's Stanley & Iris. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG-13 (for sex references and language.)
Comedy , Romance
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Jennifer Lopez
as Charlotte `Charlie' Cantilini
Jane Fonda
as Viola Fields
Michael Vartan
as Dr. Kevin Fields
Adam Scott
as Remy
Annie Parisse
as Morgan
Monet Mazur
as Fiona
Elaine Stritch
as Gertrude
Stephen Dunham
as Dr. Chamberlain
Randee Heller
as Beverly Hills Dog Owner
Mark Moses
as Guy in Coffee Shop
Rochelle Flexer
as Nurse in Dr. Patel's Office
Tomiko Fraser
as Girl in Coffee Shop
Wayne Nickel
as George
Bruce Gray
as TV Executive
Jenny Wade
as Viola's Young Replacement
Zach McLarty
as Assistant Director
Stephanie Turner
as Pop Star
Harriet Harris
as Therapist
Jimmy Jean-Louis
as Prince Amir
Christopher Scott
as Prime Minister
Pamela Rowan
as Woman Club Member
Monica R. Guiza
as Rehearsal Dinner Guest
Amber Mead
as Kit's Date
Christina Masterson
as Young Girl at Wedding
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Critic Reviews for Monster-in-Law

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (43)

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Full Review… | October 31, 2007
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | September 25, 2005
AV Club
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Full Review… | July 5, 2005
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

This really plays a like a really bad sitcom from forty years ago.

May 16, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

In a movie about diva-to-diva warfare, each diva is miscast.

Full Review… | May 13, 2005
Washington Post
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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
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
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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