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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.

Director:

Robert Luketic

Writer:

Anya Kochoff
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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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She met the perfect man. Then she met his 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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Trivia

Both Mark Moses and Harriet Sansom Harris had cameos in this film who played enemies Paul Young and Felicia Tillman, respectively, on the U.S. TV hit Desperate Housewives. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie's lips are swollen, her hair is down/up between shots. 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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Where Happiness Lives
Written by Even Johansen
Performed by Magnet
Courtesy of Filter US Recordings
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Fun and delightful
22 July 2007 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about the tug of war between a mother who cannot bear losing her son through marriage, and the daughter in law who does not give in to the mother's manipulative behaviour.

The pacing is quite fast for a romantic comedy, as it squeezes in a romantic comedy in the first half and hour and then the tug of war in the last hour. The psychological games they play are clever and fun. Though there is clear rivalry between Charlie and Viola, it is still conveyed in a light hearted and fun way without hatred or malice. It brings out a great message that differences can eventually be solved through honest communication. I find this film fun and delightful.


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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:

$155,457,327
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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