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Monster-in-Law (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 13 May 2005 (USA)
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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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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Rated PG-13 for sex references and language | See all certifications »

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13 May 2005 (USA)  »

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Una suegra de cuidado  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,312,679 (UK) (15 May 2005)

Gross:

$82,931,301 (USA)
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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 Pope John Paul II's Death in 2005 took the headline and subsequently, the cover. See more »

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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 »

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[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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References Free Willy (1993) See more »

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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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Great fun -- food for thought, too!
26 August 2005 | by (Charlotte, NC) – See all my reviews

There aren't enough movies like this. Jane Fonda is hilarious! Human relationships need more light, less heat; this film supplies the former in all senses of the word.

Have seen it three times: once in a theater, twice on trans-continental flights. Familiar family stresses in high comedic livery make people laugh, think about the dynamics of relationships in a fresh context.

Highly recommended for those who can get their heads out of fantasy and denial. There is not a single car chase, faux murder or simulated coitus in the whole 80+ minutes. The first half hour or so is a painless setup for the athletic hijinks of Jane as prospective mother-in-law, pretty people, nice clothes, acres of expensive baubles to scan. The rest is uproariously funny upheaval of wedding plate tectonics.

Watching the audiences on both plane flights, I was surprised to see the wide range of people who were drawn in to the action on screen and delighted. Refreshing change from the predictable Hollywood prescription for selling tickets and concession food. Not as original as "March of the Penguins," but what is.


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