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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)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 38
  2. Negative: 23 out of 38
  1. 75
    It's a hoot to watch Fonda cut loose and mix it up with J. Lo, even when the laughs turn mean-spirited.
  2. 50
    This is a gay men's movie whose primary function is to doll Fonda up like a drag queen and let her rip.
  3. 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.
  4. 38
    Monster-in-Law is appalling misfire of a comedy - a motion picture that takes a situation ripe for the blackest vein of satire and reduces it to a puerile and edgeless pile of goo
  5. 30
    Billed as a comedy, this low-wattage sitcom is both ill-tempered and mean-spirited.
  6. To boost this movie's rating to "worth seeing" would make me feel like a publicist or simply a dope.
  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: 19 out of 40
  2. Negative: 18 out of 40
  1. AngelicaG.
    Apr 2, 2008
    It couldn't have been any the real question there going to be a part 2 to this movie?
  2. CheriffL.
    Sep 8, 2005
    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. Collapse
  3. Jan 28, 2012
    Monster In Law stars Jennifer Lopez as Charlie, a dog-loving artist looking for the right guy. She finds it with Kevin, played by Michael Vartan, and they soon get engaged. Their life seems to be perfect- that is, until Kevin's overprotective famous mom (Jane Fonda) gets in the way. Monster In Law is a pleasant surprise for a romantic comedy, though it's far from perfect. Jennifer Lopez is likable, but her performance hardly required anything at all. The main thing that keeps the film interesting is Fonda and Wanda Sykes, her wacky assistant. Their chemistry is the main thing that keeps this film afloat, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a spin off. Expand
  4. Greg
    Sep 7, 2005
    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
    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. Expand
  6. Apr 3, 2012
    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. Maybe if someone actually wrote the script with a little brain power it could have been better. Expand
  7. CrowRobot
    Oct 7, 2005
    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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