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Monster-In-Law

Cardboard cut-out couple Jennifer Lopez and Michael Vartan ("Never Been Kissed") have their marriage plans challenged by Vartan's jealous high maintenance mother Viola Fields (Jane Fonda) when she's left with too much time on her hands after being fired from her job as an established TV news anchor woman. Lopez does a slight twist on her "Maid In Manhattan" role here as Charlie a cater-waiter dilettante who wins the heart of a wealthy doctor (Vartan). The catfight battle between Fonda and Lopez barely reaches a simmer before all is forgiven and the audience is dismissed from their seats. Wanda Sykes ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") steals the movie as Viola's long-time assistant Ruby who sees through the whole conflict from the beginning to its predictable end. Special features include deleted scenes, a useless commentary track with director Robert Luketic, actress Wanda Sykes, producer Chris Bender, production designer Missy Stewart and director of photography Russell Carpenter, and a slew of worthless behind-the-scenes featurettes like "Keeping It Real With Jennifer Lopez" and "Welcome Back Jane Fonda!" Aspect ratio is 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, with sound quality processed in Dolby Digital 5.1. (Movie - Two Stars, DVD features - One Star) Rated PG-13, 95 mins. (New Line)

September 25, 2005 | Permalink