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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.

Director:

Robert Luketic

Writer:

Anya Kochoff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lopez ... Charlie
Jane Fonda ... Viola Fields
Michael Vartan ... Dr. Kevin Fields
Wanda Sykes ... Ruby
Adam Scott ... Remy
Monet Mazur ... Fiona
Annie Parisse ... Morgan
Will Arnett ... Kit
Elaine Stritch ... Gertrude
Stephen Dunham ... Dr. Paul Chamberlain
Randee Heller ... Beverly Hills Dog Owner
Mark Moses ... Coffee Shop Customer
Tomiko Fraser ... Coffee Shop Clerk
Rochelle Flexer Rochelle Flexer ... Dr. Patel's Nurse
Wayne Nickel Wayne Nickel ... George
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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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He gave her a ring. His mom gave her a finger. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The mansion where Charlie picks up the dogs she walks was used as the exterior of the Governor's mansion in the sitcom Benson (1979). See more »

Goofs

When Viola and Charlie are sitting at the table talking, Viola's glasses are alternately on/off between shots. See more »

Quotes

[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 Good Times (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Tell Mama
Written by Clarence Carter, Marcus Daniel and Wilbur Terrell
Performed by Etta James
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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eradicate JLo please...
2 April 2006 | by elizabetmulderSee all my reviews

Very very painful. This was not good. This was very bad. It was almost painful to watch. It made me want to kill little puppy's and eat their intestants, just because that would be a fun way to pass my time compared to this.

The acting was horrible, I always thought JLo would be better than that, because I didn't necessarily dislike her in Cell. But to my utter discontent she wasn't. But I do have to say that she stood out. The rest of the cast acted like they were disabled people jumping around, the only thing that was missing was the restraining jacket.

Just plain stupid, because the story didn't have to turn out so bad.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,000,000, 15 May 2005

Gross USA:

$82,931,301

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$155,457,327
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2.35 : 1
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