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Monster-in-Law (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 13 May 2005 (USA)
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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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Robert Luketic

Writer:

Anya Kochoff
1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lopez ... Charlie
Jane Fonda ... Viola Fields
Michael Vartan ... Dr. Kevin Fields
Wanda Sykes ... Ruby
Adam Scott ... Remy
Monet Mazur ... Fiona
Annie Parisse ... Morgan
Will Arnett ... Kit
Elaine Stritch ... Gertrude
Stephen Dunham ... Dr. Paul Chamberlain
Randee Heller ... Beverly Hills Dog Owner
Mark Moses ... Coffee Shop Customer
Tomiko Fraser ... Coffee Shop Clerk
Rochelle Flexer Rochelle Flexer ... Dr. Patel's Nurse
Wayne Nickel Wayne Nickel ... George
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Storyline

After years of looking for Mr. Right, Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini finally finds the man of her dreams, Kevin Fields, only to discover that his mother, Viola, is the woman of her nightmares. A recently fired news anchor who is afraid she will lose her son the way she has just lost her career, Viola determines to scare off her son's new fiancé by becoming the world's worst mother-in-law. While Viola's long-time assistant Ruby does her best to help Viola execute her crazy schemes, Charlie decides to fight back and the gloves come off as the two women battle it out to see just who is the alpha-female. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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This relationship is going to be a real mother. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex references and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster-in-Law See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,000,000, 15 May 2005

Gross USA:

$82,931,301

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$153,774,400
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jennifer Lopez and Michael Vartan's last exes were Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, who married each other after breaking up with them. See more »

Goofs

Viola greets a guest at the engagement party - when she hugs him and pats his shoulders, a large amount of dust flies up from his outfit. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Charlie sitting at her desk at home. Phone rings. Charlie lets the answering machine pick up and listens to the recording]
Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini: [Answering machine message] Hi, it's Charlie. Leave a message.
[Answering machine beeps to signal beginning of message]
Carol, from LA Temp Agency: [Leaving message on answering machine] 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.
[Answering machine beeps signaling end of message]
Remy: [Charlie sketching]
[...]
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Tour of Outer Space
Written by Thomas Voyce and Simon Rycroft
Performed by Rhombus featuring Raashi Malik
Courtesy of Festival Mushroom Records/Rhombus Music Limited
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Jennifer Lopez cant act!
29 October 2005 | by fg400aSee all my reviews

Jennifer Lopez cant act!Jennifer Lopez cant act!Jennifer Lopez cant act!... at least she cant act on comedy films, she is horrible in this one. I cant tell on previous films because I don't remember, all her films (as this one) are forgettable. The only reason I watched this film is because I know a real life similar case, and that is what made me give this film a 5/10 and not a 3/10, it was fun after all...did I mentioned J Lo's acting was horrible?? The film is saved by Ruby's character, but at the end the film abuses of her "funny lines" and becomes repetitive, Fonda's acting is descent too, with some nice/funny moments.

Overall: cheap humor, veeeery cheap drama/romantic moments, some horrible acting, some horrible script lines......you know the rest.


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