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Monster-in-Law (2005)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Romance

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The love life of Charlotte is reduced to an endless string of disastrous blind dates, until she meets the perfect man, Kevin. Unfortunately, his merciless mother will do anything to destroy their relationship.

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  • Will Arnett and Christina Masterson in Monster-in-Law (2005)
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  • Jane Fonda and Wanda Sykes in Monster-in-Law (2005)
  • Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda in Monster-in-Law (2005)
  • Jane Fonda and Elaine Stritch in Monster-in-Law (2005)
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13 May 2005 | christian123
| Enjoyable to watch as long as you don't take it too seriously
Charlotte Honeywell (Jennifer Lopez) has had problems finding the perfect man until she starts dating Kevin (Michael Vartan). Thing are going well until she meets his overbearing mother (Jane Fonda), a recently fired news anchorwoman who takes her aggression out on her son's new girlfriend with help from her assistant Ruby (Wanda Sykes). But Charlotte is ready to fight back.

The premise is rather old and it has been done to death recently. Shrek 2, Meet the Fockers, Guess Who and now this film. I still enjoy this type of comedy but this is the worse one of the previous four. However, Monster-in-Law is still an enjoyable movie. It doesn't offer anything memorable but it's pretty entertaining while it lasts. I'll admit the movie is highly unrealistic from the cruel stuff Fonda and Lopez do to each other to the nice home Lopez owns despite the fact that it looks way too expensive for her to own. Some of the cruel things they do to each other is pretty funny while other times it's just a bit too much. Luckily, there really isn't too much of this material since the movie is only 100 minutes long. So the film hardly gets boring and it ends before it wears out its welcome.

The acting is alright, with a few performances really saving the movie. Jane Fonda gives a really funny performance as Charlotte. She does go over the top but her performance is still a lot of fun to watch on screen. Jennifer Lopez gives a bland performance, nothing special. Her chemistry with Fonda is weak and their scenes aren't as good as they could have been. Wanda Sykes offers a funny performance as Ruby. Her scenes with Jane Fonda are the best things about the movie though she gets a little annoying. Michael Vartan is kind of just there and he doesn't really do anything special.

Robert Luketic directs and he does an okay job. He could have made the film a little more realistic and a little less sitcomish but the movie turned out okay. The audience I saw this with were really into it and they seemed to be enjoying themselves. Obviously, critics won't like this film but those looking for a nice comedy should check out this movie. It is a little mean spirited and predictable but this doesn't take away too much from the movie. In the end, Monster-in-Law is a good time passer, nothing more or less. Rating 7/10

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The film marked Jane Fonda's return to the big screen, a hiatus of fifteen years since Stanley & Iris (1990). Fonda had been living in Atlanta, Georgia since the early '90s and planned on staying there for the rest of her life, only making one other movie (Georgia Rule (2007)) during the remainder of the '00s. "I'm not looking to start a new career" said the then-semiretired star, but in late 2010 she announced on her website that she'd changed her mind and was moving back to L.A. Fonda's full-fledged comeback started in 2012, seven years after Monster-in-Law (2005) was released and now she's working constantly.


Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini: Hi, it's Charlie. Leave a message.
Carol, from LA Temp Agency: Hi Charlie, it's Carol from the L.A. Temp Agency. Listen, Dr. Patel's office needs you for tomorrow. Is that ok? Let me know. Bye.
Remy: Morning neighbor.
Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini: Heeeyyy...
Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini: Help yourself.
Remy: Oh thanks, I was out of everything.
Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini: Uch...


When Charlie picks up the dogs she walks, the open front door behind her shows a short front lawn and a busy street; the exterior shot of her running down the front lawn as the dog owner waves goodbye from the door shows a much larger front lawn.


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Comedy | Romance

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