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Monster-in-Law (New Line Platinum Series) (2005)

Jennifer Lopez , Jane Fonda , Robert Luketic  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda, Michael Vartan, Wanda Sykes, Adam Scott
  • Directors: Robert Luketic
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A343RI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,585 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Monster-in-Law (New Line Platinum Series)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Welcome Back, Jane Fonda!" featurette
  • "Keeping it Real with Jennifer" featurette
  • "Vartan, the Man!" featurette
  • "Robert Luketic - The Man Behind the Monster"
  • "Trendsetters" two-part featurette on lifestyles and fasion
  • Gag reel
  • Deleted scenes with director introduction
  • "Ruby's Make-up Bag"
  • Teaser and theatrical trailers
  • Includes widescreen anamorphic and full-screen versions

Editorial Reviews

After years of incredibly bad dates, Charlie (Jennifer Lopez) thinks she's met the perfect man...until she meets his possessive and merciless mother! Jane Fonda returns to Hollywood to play the worst mother-in-law ever who will do everything she can to break up the happy couple!

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary
Deleted Scenes
Featurette


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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not The Train Wreck I Was Expecting, But... May 17, 2005
"Monster-In-Law" is not the train wreck I was expecting, but it could've been so much more.

Charlie (Jennifer Lopez) works a series of temp jobs and enjoys everything she does, making ends meet. It makes life interesting. One day, she meets Kevin (Michael Vartan), a doctor, and they quickly fall in love. Kevin's Mom is Viola Fields (Jane Fonda), a successful Barbara Walters-like network news anchor, with problems of her own. Kevin brings Charlie to his mother's estate to meet her. Kevin decides to propose, in front of his mother. Viola clearly disapproves and sets about breaking them up. As she and Ruby (Wanda Sykes), her assistant, set a series of events in motion, Charlie gradually begins to realize what she is working against and fights back.

"Monster-In-Law", directed by Robert Luketic ("Legally Blond", "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!"), frequently veers into sitcom territory.

The acting is very broad and cartoonish. At one point, Charlie, having pulled one off on Viola, shakes her head and sniggers, much like a Hanna Barbera cartoon character. Lopez's character is all over the place. At one moment, she appears to be normal and caring and sympathetic, the other, she is acting like Peg Bundy from "Married with Children". Fonda, returning to feature films after 15 years, is clearly having fun chewing the scenery. And it is fun to watch her. But she is so over the top and Lopez is over the top only part of the time, that it seems like a bad sitcom. Wanda Sykes is very funny as Ruby. Her natural allegiance is with Viola, someone she has worked with for years, maybe decades, but she isn't beyond dressing down her boss, pointing out the problems with her theories.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MONSTER IN LAW July 28, 2005
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I have read many reviews and cant believe this is the same movie I saw!!!! I LOVED the movie and cant wait to get it on DVD. I took all my girls ages 16 to 25 and we all laughed so hard.I took mu husband the week later and he enjoyed it and laughed. JANE FONDA was so funny and I was so glad to see her back in a movie. It's a movie people-some people think the world had to move to make it great. And what made it even funnier is as we were watching it was we all realized she's MY mother in law, to the tee. Rent it- buy it. IT IS FUNNY!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slapstick Return for Jane Fonda September 7, 2005
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This movie isn't as bad as a lot of reviewers make it out to be. In a sea of unrelenting bad box office movies, this film at least keeps it's head above water. For Jennifer Lopez fans, there is enough sweetness factor to keep them happy. The plot is familiar and formulamatic, yet light and often funny. Charlie (Lopez) has lead a life of many part time jobs and is getting along just fine till she has a chance meeting with Dr. Kevin Fields (played a bit woodenly by Alias' Michael Vartan)and falls in love. Things couldn't be better until Kevin arranges for Charlie to meet his mother, Viola Fields (Fonda)a talk show host put out to pasture by her network and recently released after a break down from a hospital who has nothing left in life but making her son's prespective dates miserable. Kevin chooses to ask Charlie to marry him in front tof his mother and the hijinks begin. Viola has other plans and is hell bent to break them up. But as misery loves company, Charlie decides to fight back. Throw in Wanda Sykes as Viola's personal assistant who wants no part in this struggle and this makes for some very comical moments. Sykes is great in her small role but really chews on the scenery and makes the most of a role written far to small for this large comedic talent. The movie is largely entertaining but you may want to rent it before actually making the purchase. Worth a viewing at least.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Great from start to finish. The story fallows Charlie (Jennifer Lopez)one day, she meets Kevin (Michael Vartan), a doctor, and they quickly fall in love. Kevin's Mom is Viola Fields (Jane Fonda), a successful Barbara Walters-like network news anchor, with problems of her own. Kevin brings Charlie to his mother's estate to meet her. Kevin decides to propose, in front of his mother. Viola clearly disapproves and sets about breaking them up. As she and Ruby (Wanda Sykes), her assistant, set a series of events in motion, Charlie gradually begins to realize what she is working against and fights back. The acting is great all the characors do great jobs. Theres Jennifer Lopez who is innocent and then fights back and it's hallarious when she fights back. Then theres Jane Fonda who is perfect as the mother in law from hell. Wonda Sykes dose a great supporting role. the movie has reat one liners that will elave you laughing. The movie is predictable but it's still lots of fun froms tart to finish.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun and funny, but profoundly predictable May 13, 2005
MONSTER IN LAW represents Jane Fonda's return to the movies for the first time in fifteen years. The role is a genuine departure for her, for she plays an aging TV host and mother who has lost her job and is losing her son to Jennifer Lopez in marriage. She was fifty-two at the time of her previous film, so this is the first time on screen where playing an older woman has arisen. So, how did Jane do? First, anyone would have to grant that she is aging with grace. Yes, she looks older, but she has also obviously worked hard at taking care of herself, and I only pray that when I reach her age I am even remotely in as good a shape as she is now. Unfortunately, I am not sure that the role was completely appropriate for her. She basically has to play an extraordinarily shallow, selfish, self-absorbed jerk, and though she throws herself into this wholeheartedly, she isn't completely believable. Nonetheless, there are still a host of very funny scenes, and while the part might not be perfect for her, it certainly wasn't an utter mistake.

The real problem with the movie is that it is utterly predictable. Before it starts, you know pretty much everything that is going to happen. You know that it will start off at Point A and end up at Point Z, the only question being some of the variations along the way. There is nothing necessarily bad about being predictable, as long as one makes up for it by being creative within that framework. And indeed many of the jokes here are quite funny, and there are a number of nice moments. However, almost all of the key transitions are rather tired and true. By the end of the film, the viewer is left with the distinct impression of having seen it all before.
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