Monster-in-Law (2005, USA) C-101m. SCOPE * D: Robert Luketic. Starring Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda, Michael Vartan, Wanda Sykes, Adam Scott. Almost unwatchable comedy marks Fonda's return to motion pictures after a hiatus of 15 years. Surgeon Vartan meets and falls in love with aspiring artist Lopez, just then his mother gets fired from her immensely popular talk show because they want a younger host. Guess which mother instinct is awakened next. Painful, unfunny, sappy romance, even more contrived than the Hollywood standard. Fonda is thoroughly thrashing her image with this (although she tries hard to be radiant).

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