35. Monster-in-Law (2005)
Director: Robert Luketic
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda, Wanda Sykes, Adam Scott, Will Arnett, Elaine Stritch
Lame Love Song: "Everyday is a Holiday (with You)," Esthero
Love Conquers: The Mother-in-Law
"Bitchy Mother-in-Law" is probably one of our least favorite cinematic stereotypes. Not only does it invite performances as flat and predictable as the "manic pixie dream girl" or the "hooker with a heart of gold," but you can't help but feel bad for the actress playing the role.
Like Jane Fonda, the actress is usually an ex-bombshell who stopped working for a decade, and her only way back to Hollywood is to play a petulant battle-ax. Damn it, the woman won the Oscar for Best Actressâ€”twice! She deserves better.