Monster-in-Law

  • 12
  • Robert Luketic (2005)
  • US
  • 97 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

It's Gucci handbags at dawn for Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez in this romantic comedy with bite from Legally Blonde director Robert Luketic. While it stumbles a little during the corny courtship between J-Lo's bohemian babe Charlie and well-heeled doctor Kevin Fields (played by Alias's Michael Vartan), once Fonda turns up, the battle - and laughter - lines are very quickly drawn. After a 15-year sabbatical from movies, Fonda evidently relishes the role of Kevin's manic mommy, Viola, who's in the middle of a midlife meltdown after being axed from her job as a TV journalist. Indeed, the actress displays a surprising gift for physical humour, so while the bitchy banter is funny, the heartiest laughs actually come from slapstick moments, such as when Viola imagines pushing Charlie's face into a plate of cake. The ending might be sappy, but at least Lopez manages to hold her own and Wanda Sykes is enjoyably droll as Viola's wisecracking confidante.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy starring Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez. Charlotte "Charlie" Cantilini seems to have everything in her favour: beauty, a sweet nature and a dream lover in surgeon Kevin Fields, who can't wait to propose. But Charlie hasn't counted on Kevin's mother Viola, who won't allow her darling son to waste himself on anybody she thinks is unsuitable.

Cast and crew

Cast

Charlotte "Charlie" Cantilini
Jennifer Lopez
Viola Fields
Jane Fonda
Kevin Fields
Michael Vartan
Ruby
Wanda Sykes
Remy
Adam Scott
Fiona
Monet Mazur
Morgan
Annie Parisse
Gertrude
Elaine Stritch

Crew

Director
Robert Luketic

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment
Guidance: 
Edited for language, violence.
Available on DVD
Released 13 May 2005
Certificate 12
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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