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"This would never happen at the Four Seasons"

  • Sep 5, 2009
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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? Yes...

Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) manages to juggle a hectic job of working as maid in the plush Beresford Hotel in New York with being a loving single mother to her 10-year-old son Ty (Tyler Garcia Posey). One day whilst fooling around in the closet belonging to globe-trotting socialite Caroline Lane (Natasha Richardson), she happens to bump into political campaigner Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes) and a warm friendship begins which soon turns into romance. All the while hiding her true identity, Marisa teeters on the brink of losing her job--and a shot at landing a management position. Will she risk it all for another chance at love?

Lopez and Fiennes share a sleek chemistry; but Kevin Wade's screenplay oddly ends up following the supporting characters more closely and in greater depth than the leads. The late, great Natasha Richardson plays the shallow, bubble-headed socialite to a tee; and Bob Hoskins has some wonderful scenes as the Beresford's veteran butler. Keep your eyes peeled for Amy Sedaris ("Strangers with Candy"); as well as Broadway star Priscilla Lopez.

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August 15, 2010
Thanks, Byron, for this thought-provoking review. You are probably right: people did need to find something to laugh at after 9/11. Very insightful of you. I liked this one a bit better than you and gave it 5 stars. Thanks for sharing.
 
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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 …
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In the breezy Maid in Manhattan, a maid in a top-flight hotel (Jennifer Lopez, Out of SightThe Wedding Planner) chances to dress in a guest's clothes just when a handsome political candidate (Ralph Fiennes, Schindler's ListRed 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
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