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Monster-in-Law (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  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.



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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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She met the perfect man. Then she met his mother. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex references and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Schwiegermonster  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,312,679 (UK) (13 May 2005)


$1,307,593 (Italy) (7 October 2005)

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Near the end of the film when Charlie and Viola are fighting just before the wedding, they actually had to slap each other in real life since they decided to go all out and go for it. See more »


When Charlie's dress rips, the rip is visible and her hair is messed up but in the next shot the rip disappears and her hair is perfectly fine again. See more »


[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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References Bride of Frankenstein (1935) See more »


Sun Quartet for Strings, Op. 20, No. 6
Written by Joseph Haydn
Performed by Kodaly String Quartet
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangment with Source/Q
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Fun and delightful
22 July 2007 | by (Earth) – See 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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