It's not unusual to see two women fighting over the same man in a movie, only this time it's his mother and his fiancée vying for his attention in this broad comedy. While Charlotte Cantilini (Jennifer Lopez), known to her friends as Charlie, has never had much luck in her love life, one day her ship arrives in a big way when she meets Kevin Fields (Michael Vartan), a doctor who is charming, handsome, and wealthy. Kevin also has a famous mother, Viola Fields (Jane Fonda), who has enjoyed a long and successful career as a news broadcaster. When Kevin and Charlie fall head over heels for one another, he opts to propose marriage to her as he's introducing Charlie to Viola over lunch. However, as far as Viola is concerned, this could not come at a worse time -- Viola has just been fired from the anchor desk, and regards her son as the only anchor left in her life. Not willing to share Kevin with anyone, Viola sets out to sabotage his relationship with Charlie in any way she can, often with the wary assistance of her secretary Ruby (Wanda Sykes). But once Charlie gets wind of Viola's schemes, she decides two can play this game. Monster-in-Law marked Jane Fonda's return to the screen after a long leave of absence; it was her first film after co-starring with Robert De Niro in 1990's Stanley & Iris. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
-- Conduct of life
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- Drama.
Mothers and sons -- United States -- Drama.
Possessiveness -- United States -- Drama.
Parents-in-law -- United States -- Drama.
Romantic comedy films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Burbank, CA :New Line Home Entertainment :2009
Distributed by Warner Home Video,
|Edition||Full screen, Widescreen.|
Bender, Chris, 1971- film producer.
Spink, J. C., 1973- film producer.
Kochoff, Anya, screenwriter.
Luketic, Robert, 1973- film director.
Lopez, Jennifer, 1970- actor.
Fonda, Jane, 1937- actor.
Vartan, Michael, actor.
Sykes, Wanda, 1964- actor.
Mazur, Monét, 1976- actor.
Stritch, Elaine, actor.
Newman, David, 1954- composer.
New Line Cinema Corporation, presenter.
Benderspink (Firm), production company.
Spring Creek Productions, production company.
New Line Home Entertainment (Firm), publisher.
Warner Home Video (Firm), film distributor.
Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda, Michael Vartan, Wanda Sykes, Monet Mazur, Elaine Stritch.
Director of photography, Russell Carpenter ; editors, Scott Hill, Kevin Tent ; music, David Newman.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for sex references and language.
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2005.
Special features: director's commentary.
DVD; region 1; widescreen (letterbox) and full screen (1.33:1) presentations; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dobly Digital stereo; dual-layer.
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.