Monster In Law


Robert Luketic (2005)

12A Certificate


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.



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: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Edited for violence and languageAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 13 May 2005
Comedy Drama