I don't like pointless chick flix. I am the King of this notion. I would rather sit alone for six hours staring at a pine tree than give an hour and a half-plus to a nightmarish meet-cute. Thankfully, in this very manly reviewers opinion, Maid in Manhattan shines a little.
Jennifer Lopez is accredited to acting in one of the grandest modern bombs of our time. The mention of the word sends chills up the spine, but here it goes: Gigli. (Which according to Ebert didn't deserve the negative attention it got. Though he thumbs-downed it.) I say that to say this, Jennifer Lopez ain't bad. I am no fan of her music, but as I have said many times - to each his own - but she's not too bad at acting. In Maid, she holds her own as a mother trying to balance time with her son and trying to hold her head up through her work situation.
There are a few scenes which on their own stand out. No major spoilers to worry about. The first is the moment where she confronts her own mother about raising her to believe that she's just a stupid chicano that can't achieve goals higher than cleaning. I also liked the supportive comradery between all the Maids. Also, Mr Fiennes shows his acting abilities beyond the sadistic jew killer in Schindlers list. Yes, he has proven it many times, but after the latest Harry Potter, he reaffirmed his strength in personifying evil.
I am giving this movie a good review for those of you who have a guy whom you would rather not torture, and can appreciate a good chic flick. Or, you have a girlfriend that is tired of watching Kill Bill and Lord of the Rings all of the time. Maid in Manhattan is a cheat-sheet for anyone.
To understand why MAID IN MANHATTAN was so wildly popular at the box office when first released in 2002, one must first examine the times in which it first appeared. Less than a year on from September 11th, audiences needed fairytale escapism, and this movie delivered it with an adorable Jennifer Lopez (then riding high on her dual career of actress and chart-topping pop singer) and a whimsical Norah Jones soundtrack. Seven years later, does MAID IN MANHATTAN still hold it's entertaining spell? … more
I was writing another book review when this movie came on TV. When I saw Jennifer Lopez, I started watching and was hooked from the first scene with her little son. I just finished it and must say I truly enjoyed the time spent watching this "feel-good" movie. It was just what the doctor ordered after a two-day stint with the flu. This certainly went well with my recuperative fare of tea and toast. ... lol ... In this movie, Lopez plays--you guessed it!--a maid who works in … more
Where Julia Roberts has great success in her box office Cinderella story, 'Pretty Woman', Jennifer Lopez is less than successful. I'm not saying that this is a bad movie---its cute, but its similarity to 'Pretty Woman' is almost text book and too convenient. J-lo is Marisa, a maid in a distinguished Manhattan hotel---she aspires to a management position and is motivated by her colleagues, and her son, Ty a young boy with a penchant for politics. She's got two thorns in her side: a mother … more
Pros: Cute boy, Ralph Fiennes, starts to discuss interesting themes Cons: predictable, bland, shallow The Bottom Line: This movie made being a maid look like fun, so it must feature extremely poignant social commentary, right? When my friends and I saw the trailer for Maid in Manhattan, we groaned at the cheesiness of the title and the utter unoriginality of the plot. "Wasn't this movie already made with Julia Roberts in it?" … more
In the breezy Maid in Manhattan, a maid in a top-flight hotel (Jennifer Lopez, Out of Sight, The Wedding Planner) chances to dress in a guest's clothes just when a handsome political candidate (Ralph Fiennes, Schindler's List, Red Dragon) walks in. Naturally, he's bowled over and pursues her; he's initially drawn to her gorgeous good looks but soon comes to appreciate her honesty and common sense. Of course, she can't let him know that she's only a maid, and various high jinks ensue--it's all pretty formulaic, but lurking in the edges of this glossy, brainless romance are a wealth of sly turns by Natasha Richardson and Amy Sedaris (as callow socialites), Bob Hoskins (as a dignified butler), Stanley Tucci (as Fiennes' exasperated campaign manager), and many less familiar faces. All help to give Maid in Manhattan the life and texture that has been processed out of the main characters. -- Bret Fetzer