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  • Summary: After years of looking for Mr. Right, Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini (Lopez) finally finds the man of her dreams (Vartan) only to discover that his mother (Fonda) is the woman of her nightmares. (New Line Cinema)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 38
  2. Negative: 23 out of 38
  1. A generational spectacle that's fun to witness.
  2. It would take the dark wit of a Billy Wilder or a Coen brother--or at least a Neil Simon--to put across this kind of material.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    50
    Imagine what someone like Danny DeVito might have done with the material, taking it in that darker "War of the Roses" direction instead of languishing in this sunny, not-nearly-sinister-enough "Legally Blonde" territory.
  4. 38
    A fairly tedious, stupid picture.
  5. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    30
    A depressing comeback for Jane Fonda, but it's still nice to see her in movies again, and in something that isn't dripping with self-actualizing virtue like her last projects.
  6. 30
    Billed as a comedy, this low-wattage sitcom is both ill-tempered and mean-spirited.
  7. 0
    It's not hard to imagine the militant Jane Fonda of 1972 angrily denouncing Monster-In-Law as insulting Hollywood claptrap trafficking in regressive, reactionary, blatantly sexist gender codes. And she'd be right.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 41
  2. Negative: 18 out of 41
  1. AngelicaG.
    Apr 2, 2008
    10
    It couldn't have been any better...now the real question is...is there going to be a part 2 to this movie?
  2. CheriffL.
    Sep 8, 2005
    8
    Pros: Hilarious, not very mean spirited, great acting. Cons: predictbale, too many "romantic-comedy" cliches. Overview: a great movie, not Pros: Hilarious, not very mean spirited, great acting. Cons: predictbale, too many "romantic-comedy" cliches. Overview: a great movie, not worthy for any awards, but its a fun watch. Expand
  3. Feb 16, 2015
    7
    No offense but Lopez is a sexy singer but she no clue how to act. This movie is an insane comedy but i do often find this movie charming andNo offense but Lopez is a sexy singer but she no clue how to act. This movie is an insane comedy but i do often find this movie charming and hilarious, Jane Fonda plays the famous **** mom who doesn't like Charlie marrying her son Kevin (Michael Vartan), Lopez tries really hard the more hard she tries the more she fails. Her acting skills are okay she just picks the dumb roles. Grade B- Expand
  4. Greg
    Sep 7, 2005
    5
    This movie was sort of fun, but I say that reservedly. It was okay but was not up to the potential of Ms. Fonda nor Ms. Lopez. I watched this This movie was sort of fun, but I say that reservedly. It was okay but was not up to the potential of Ms. Fonda nor Ms. Lopez. I watched this movie to completion but could not recommend it to my co-workers on Monday morning. Expand
  5. SusanM.
    Sep 6, 2005
    4
    Great acting by Fonda, Lopez and the very hot Michael Vartan but that doesn't stop the story from totally sucking!!! I thought it was Great acting by Fonda, Lopez and the very hot Michael Vartan but that doesn't stop the story from totally sucking!!! I thought it was poorly written and strung together, a total cheesy let down and not at all heartwarming. Collapse
  6. Apr 3, 2012
    3
    Jennifer Lopez is a total loser. Does she really think she can act???? Fonda was quite funny even with the stupid jokes she was given. MaybeJennifer Lopez is a total loser. Does she really think she can act???? Fonda was quite funny even with the stupid jokes she was given. Maybe if someone actually wrote the script with a little brain power it could have been better. Expand
  7. CrowRobot
    Oct 7, 2005
    0
    Gosh, this was a really bad movie. This is a new low for J-Lo, and that's saying something. The gags run from mildly annoying to Gosh, this was a really bad movie. This is a new low for J-Lo, and that's saying something. The gags run from mildly annoying to downright life-threatening. Notice 'funny' was no where in there. The plot is especially thin and uninvolving, even for this kind of movie. I found my attention wandering while I watched it, which I don't think has ever happened to me before while I watched a movie. Wanda Sykes puts in a pitiable performance as the comic relief. Her Greyhound commercials were funnier. Every actor and actress in this has done much better work. Avoid this film at all costs. Expand

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