It’s been four years since Jennifer Lopez battled with Jane Fonda in Monster-in-Law, but someone has jumped out of the woodwork claiming she deserves some rights to the film. E! reports a North Carolina woman has filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing Lopez, Fonda and 28 other people who worked on the film, of stealing the plot of a screenplay she wrote in 1998. She believes she is entitled to a portion of the $154.8 million the film made at the box office. Okaaay.
"I felt it unusual," Gilbert says of the relationship she shared with her own mother-in-law, which she felt Lopez and Fonda captured in the movie. "I'd never experienced it before." We have news for you, honey, just because you’d never experienced it doesn’t mean that the same is true for the rest of the world. In-laws have been driving married people insane for centuries.
Moving on, lawyers for the defense have requested the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Raleigh, N.C., be dismissed. "Plaintiff contends that she can 'own' the well-worn, general 'mother-in-law' character type simply by filing a copyright application," counsel for Warner Bros. said in a statement. We wonder what Gilbert will invent next. Rambunctious toddlers? Angst-driven teens? Overweight, religious grandmothers? We see a lot of lawsuits in her future.