MV5BMTIyMTU0NDM1NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODk3NzcyMQ@@._V1_SX214_Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda, Michael Vartan, Wanda Sykes, Adam Scott

Charlie (J-Lo) meets Kevin and they move in together after falling in love. He has a scary mother, Viola Fields, a successful, ex-talk show host with a temper and issues about her little boy (this is played by Jane Fonda). Kevin is a doctor. Charlie is a dog walker/caterer/temp/artist – clearly not good enough for her Kevin.

When Kevin asks Charlie to marry him (in front of his mother, weird), so begins Viola’s descent into madness! She sets out to sabotage the relationship, and is doing a great job at it until Charlie decides to hit back. Will there be a wedding and can their relationship stand up to the monster mother-in-law?

Lopez has appeared in quite a lot of rom coms around 2005. She seems to always play the working class Latino. I’ve grown to really like her as a rom com protagonist and find it interesting the way that class is played out with her characters. Often also, there are references to her weight, as if somehow Jennifer Lopez is playing women who are fat. She has a great body size and it’s good to see that she never did size down the more fame she got.

This film is okay. It is fairly typical of rom coms around this time – the idea of love being challenged by something, or the wedding being jeopardised. It would be an enjoyable watch when it comes on TV for those that haven’t seen it.



Posted on 23/07/2009, in the whole rom com list and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Monster-in-Law.

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