Monster-in-Law

Monster-in-Law

Robert Luketic (2005)

97min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

An unlucky-in-love woman thinks she has finally landed on her feet when she meets the man of her dreams. However, his meddling mother proves to be an overprotective nightmare who is adamant the would-be bride is Miss Wrong and hatches a plan to drive her away. Romantic comedy, starring Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda and Michael Vartan.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Robert Luketic
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment Guidance: Edited for language Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 13 May 2005

Comedy Drama

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