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Monster-in-Law (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 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 »


Comedy | Romance

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)


$82,931,301 (USA) (2 September 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jennifer Lopez and Michael Vartan's last exes were Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, who married each other after breaking up with them. See more »


When Charlie is talking to George the first time she works for Dr. Patel's office, the position of the computer chair behind her changes from shot to shot. 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 Benji (1974) See more »


Make Up Bag
Written by Savan Kolecha, Andrew Frampton and Wayne Wilkins
Performed by Andrew Frampton, Wayne Wilkins, and Emma Rhodes
Courtesy of Photogenic
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Welcome back, Jane!
9 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a surprisingly funny movie! I took my mother to the sneak preview of Monster-in-Law on Mother's Day and we had a great time. At first, I thought this film would be average and predictable. But Jane Fonda's performance changed my mind. I'm glad that she decided to make a comeback after 15 years. She did such a good job! I wouldn't be surprised if Ms. Fonda was nominated for at least a Golden Globe for her outstanding comedic performance. It was high time Jane Fonda returned to the big screen. Welcome back, Jane! Wanda Sykes was hysterical. Her one-liners were priceless! And Jennifer Lopez was actually really good too, as was Michael Vartan. I highly recommend seeing this movie.

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