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Monster-in-Law Details


It's not unusual to see two women fighting over the same man in a movie, only this time it's his mother and his fiancée vying for his attention in this broad comedy. While Charlotte Cantilini (Jennifer Lopez), known to her friends as Charlie, has never had much luck in her love life, one day her ship arrives in a big way when she meets Kevin Fields (Michael Vartan), a doctor who is charming, handsome, and wealthy. Kevin also has a famous mother, Viola Fields (Jane Fonda), who has enjoyed a long and successful career as a news broadcaster. When Kevin and Charlie fall head over heels for one another, he opts to propose marriage to her as he's introducing Charlie to Viola over lunch. However, as far as Viola is concerned, this could not come at a worse time -- Viola has just been fired from the anchor desk, and regards her son as the only anchor left in her life. Not willing to share Kevin with anyone, Viola sets out to sabotage his relationship with Charlie in any way she can, often with the wary assistance of her secretary Ruby (Wanda Sykes). But once Charlie gets wind of Viola's schemes, she decides two can play this game. Monster-in-Law marked Jane Fonda's return to the screen after a long leave of absence; it was her first film after co-starring with Robert De Niro in 1990's Robert De Niro. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 13, 2005


Jennifer Lopez
as Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini
Jane Fonda
as Viola Fields
Michael Vartan
as Kevin Fields
Wanda Sykes
as Ruby
Adam Scott
as Remy
Monet Mazur
as Fiona
Annie Parisse
as Morgan
Will Arnett
as Kit
Elaine Stritch
as Gertrude
Jimmy Jean-Louis
as Prince Amir
Stephen Dunham
Jimmy Jean-Louis
as Prince Amir


Robert Luketic
Paula Weinstein
J.C. Spink
Chris Bender
Anya Kochoff
Russell Carpenter
David Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Dana Sano
Musical Direction/Supervision
Scott Hill
Kevin Tent
Missy Stewart
Production Designer
James F. Truesdale
Art Director
Magnus Kim
Associate Producer
Toby Emmerich
Executive Producer
Richard Brener
Executive Producer
Michael Flynn
Executive Producer
Anthony D. Parillo
Set Designer
Andrew Menzies
Set Designer
Kym Barrett
Costume Designer
Steve Cantamessa
Sound/Sound Designer
Greg Orloff
Sound Mixer
Ronna Kress
Gary Bourgeois
Sound Mixer