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Image credit: Monster In-Law: Melissa Moseley

We're dying to see ''Monster-in-Law''


WHY WE CAN'T WAIT Not only have we waited 15 years since Jane Fonda's last movie, but the idea of the two-time Oscar winner doing a goofy comedy is intriguing.

THE PREMISE It's Jennifer Lopez's turn to meet the parents, as she gets engaged to a guy (Alias' Michael Vartan) whose only flaw is his scary, disapproving mother, Viola (Fonda, at left). In mom's defense: Would you want your son to be J. Lo's next ex-husband?

SOURCE An original screenplay by first-time screenwriter Anya Kochoff

THE BACKSTORY What drew the 67-year-old Fonda out of retirement? ''I wanted to have fun,'' she says. ''And I've never played anybody like [Viola]. Totally over-the-top, outrageous. I loved it — I want to do a sequel.'' Also, she did it for a good cause. ''My salary went into the work I'm doing now in Georgia,'' which includes G-CAPP, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.

BURNING QUESTION If the movie's not a hit, will we have to wait another 15 years for the next Fonda film?

COME FOR The Jane-Jenny showdown

STAY FOR Wanda Sykes, whose tart tongue should help puncture the picture if it gets too silly or syrupy

Originally posted Apr 15, 2005

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