Would David Denby have even bothered with Monster-in-Law had it not marked the return of Jane Fonda? Doubtful, but once the question of the quality of the comeback is asked and answered with a resounding "it sucks", the New Yorker critic dances around the great unasked question of Jennifer Lopez's career.
"[Fonda's character] objects to Charlie for all sorts of reasons, though she never mentions what her snobbish character is most likely to find amiss—the fact that Charlie is a Latina. You can see the strategic thinking here: Lopez is a big crossover star; why dramatize the issue of ethnicity? Someone, somewhere, in some corner of the world, might get upset."
But have we *ever* dramatized the issue of Lopez' ethnicity?