Monster-in-Law – Filtered

Theatrical Release: May 13, 2005
DVD Release: August 30, 2005
Monster-in-Law – Filtered


Unlucky in love, beautiful Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Cantilini (Jennifer Lopez) has finally met the man of her dreams, Dr. Kevin Fields (Michael Vartan). There’s just one problem – his mother. Overbearing and controlling, not to mention volatile, Viola Fields (Jane Fonda) has recently been canned from her job as a star news anchor. Fearing she will lose her son’s affections as she has her career, Viola decides to break up the happy couple by becoming the world’s worst mother-in-law. Helping her with her crazy schemes is Viola’s long-time assistant, Ruby (Wanda Sykes). The gloves come off when Charlie finally decides to fight back and it looks like Viola has finally met her match.

Dove Review

Charlie finally meets the perfect guy-Kevin, and after only a couple months they are completely in love and Kevin pops the question. The only problem in their relationship? His mother! Charlie’s new mother-in-law. For his entire life, Kevin’s famous, news anchor mother (Viola) has been a mother hen. Despite the fact that Kevin is an adult and successful doctor, she calls and pages him multiple times a day in order to stay in the forefront of his life. Enter Charlie, and Viola goes into overdrive to try and get rid of her and keep her position as number one in Kevin’s eyes. But, Viola has underestimated Charlie, who stands her ground as the two women battle for Kevin’s affection! The mother-in-law calls Charlie a slut and a pimp. This movie was a fun watch! Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez compliment each other as they duke it out on film. Unfortunately, the mother-in-law drinks heavily throughout the entire movie with no regret, and Charlie and Kevin decide to move in together before they get married. These two things along with some aspects of new age thinking, don’t allow Dove to approve this movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Girl and Guy kissing.
Language: None
Violence: One slap and a hit with a frying pan (comedic).
Drugs: Mother drinks constantly throughout film. Smoking.
Nudity: Guy with no shirt, cleavage, short skirts and low-cut shirts, guy in boxers, men and women in bathing suits on the beach.
Other: Charlie is “spiritual” and reads the horoscopes, talks about karma, and reads Taro cards


Company: New Line/Fine Line
Writer: Anya Kochoff
Director: Robert Luketic
Producer: Chris Bender
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 95 min.
Reviewer: Sarah Bennor