Directed by Robert Luketic, Starring Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Vartan, Wanda Sykes, Adam Scott and Annie Parisse.

Charlotte 'Charlie' Cantilini (Lopez), a dog walker and aspiring artist, meets her perfect man in handsome surgeon Kevin Fields (Vartan). Everything seems rosy until we meet Kevin's mother Viola (Fonda), a high-powered journalist who's just learnt she's being replaced by someone younger. With Viola's mental state so unstable, it's not a good time for her to meet Charlie, but worse is to come when Kevin proposes.

Deciding that Charlie is not good enough for her beloved son, Viola and long-suffering assistant Ruby (Sykes) set about breaking up the happy couple. First she tries the tack of taking over the wedding arrangements and when that fails, she moves in with her new daughter-in-law and attempts to destroy her sanity. But Viola has reckoned without Charlie's cunning and soon the women are vying for an oblivious Kevin's attention.

While Jane Fonda appears to enjoy her drama queen role, it's a bit of a mystery why she picked 'Monster-in-Law' to make her comeback. The film is far from spectacular in terms of plot and the comic moments are barely even chuckle-inducing.

That said, Fonda does still steal the show from Jennifer Lopez, who isn't at all engaging as Charlie. If there was ever a romantic comedy made without the romance, or the comedy, 'Monster-in-Law' is it.

Katie Moten