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Monster-in-Law Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The movie itself is grotesque, and may drive you nuts as it makes you laugh, mostly at the stupidity of the thing.

  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A deeply dispiriting movie, not just because it is grindingly bad but because Jane Fonda actually chose this for her comeback after a 15-year absence from the screen. But it's worse than that. Fonda, one of the best actors of her generation, is downright awful in a role she could have -- and probably should have -- sleepwalked through.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Doesn't make the movie worth watching -- even if you're monstrously bored.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    As for Monster-in-Law, it's tripe on a plate.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Predictable romantic comedy lacks kid appeal.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes some loud displays of drunkenness and physical violence, framed as comedy (including Jane Fonda slamming Jennifer Lopez's head onto a table). Though the tone is mostly light, the jokes become repetitive: Fonda and Lopez spar while vapid son/fiancé Michael Vartan stands by (or at one point actually disappears for a medical convention, being a doctor). Characters drink, smoke, and make snide remarks to and about one another.

  • Families can talk about the jealousy and silly fighting between the two primary women. Why do women (in movies) compete over a man's attention? How does the movie make their insecurities into jokes? How might the mother and son develop better communication?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Catfighting women, not exactly innovative.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Slapping.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Lovey-dovey couple.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Diva goes shopping.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Jokes made of diva's drinking and drug abuse.