DVD 102 mins IMDB 5.2 (5,996 votes)
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
New Line Home Entertainment (5/13/2005)
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(10/30/2005 )

John Wood
USA  /  English

Jennifer Lopez Charlie
Jane Fonda Viola Fields
Michael Vartan Kevin
Wanda Sykes Ruby
Monet Mazur Fiona
Elaine Stritch Gertrude
Adam Scott Remy
Annie Parisse Morgan
Will Arnett Kit
Stephen Dunham Dr. Chamberlain
Randee Heller Beverly Hills Dog Owner
Mark Moses Guy in Coffee Shop
Tomiko Fraser Girl in Coffee Shop
Rochelle Flexer Nurse in Dr. Patel's Office
Wayne Nickel George

Director Robert Luketic
Producer Chris Bender; J.C. Spink; Paula Weinstein
Writer Anya Kochoff
Cinematography Russell Carpenter
Musician David Newman; Rosey
User Credit 1 Scott Hill; Kevin Tent
User Credit 2 Kym Barrett

As an esteemed television journalist put out to pasture by the networks and faced with the engagement of her son, Jane Fonda is fierce, funny, and ready to rumble as the title character in Monster-in-Law in a way that the rest of the film itself never really is. Jennifer Lopez, the film's other above-the-title star, is set to marry handsome, wealthy Michael Vartan but has one helluva time dealing with his insanely possessive mother. The result is pretty much what you'd expect--lots of snarls and slapstick and an easy, kisses-all-around conclusion, though it is surprising (and maybe a little disheartening) to watch Fonda throw herself into such disposable comedy with such gusto. Director Robert Luketic, who slept while Reese Witherspoon tottered off with his Legally Blonde, once again relies solely on the assembled talent: He leaves a high-wattage Lopez playing things a little too cute, a reedy Vartan looking visibly disinterested, and canny comedian Wanda Sykes making what she can--which, luckily, is a lot--of her role as Fonda's wisecracking personal assistant (the type of black sidekick role that's an indication of how creakily formulaic the film is). See it for Fonda, if you feel like it, then wish her a better engagement in the future. --Steve Wiecking

Edition Details
Barcode 794043831423
Region Region 1
Release Date 8/30/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 2

Disc 1: Hilarious Blooper Reel
7 Deleted scenes
Ruby's Make-up Bag
5 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
....And More!
Personal Details
Purchase Date 10/30/2005
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Sex references and language.
User Text 2 She met the perfect man. Then she met his mother.
Links Amazon US
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Trivia: All of the photos of Viola Fields on her table with famous people are real pictures of Jane Fonda with Oprah Winfrey, Ted Turner, Jon Voight and Gloria Steinem. The only "doctored" item is the cover of Time Magazine, which Fonda was set to appear on the cover of, however the Pope's Death in 2005 took the headline and subsequently, the cover. (more)

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When Charlie's dress rips, the rip is visible, but in the next shot the rip disappears. (more)

Viola Fields: What do you do for fun?
Pop Star: I love watching really old movies. They're my favorite.
Viola Fields: Really? Really? Which ones?
Pop Star: Well, "Grease" and "Grease II." Um, "Benji." I love "Benji." "Free Willy," um..."Legally Blonde," "The Little Mermaid."

Awards: 1 win & 8 nominations (more)