Maid in Manhattan

Maid in Manhattan

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Director: Wayne Wang

Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Frances Conroy, Christopher Eigeman

     
 

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Can a wealthy Republican politician find happiness with a chambermaid from the Bronx? One man is about to find out, though he hardly realizes it at first, in this romantic comedy from director Wayne Wang. Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) is a single mother who is raising her gifted but under-confident son Ty (Tyler Garcia Posey) on her own, with some help from her

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Can a wealthy Republican politician find happiness with a chambermaid from the Bronx? One man is about to find out, though he hardly realizes it at first, in this romantic comedy from director Wayne Wang. Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) is a single mother who is raising her gifted but under-confident son Ty (Tyler Garcia Posey) on her own, with some help from her mother Veronica (Priscilla Lopez), after divorcing her husband. Marisa works as a housekeeper at the exclusive Beresford Hotel in Manhattan, where her boss Paula Burns (Frances Conroy) and chief butler Lionel Bloch (Bob Hoskins) urge Marisa and her best friend and fellow maid Stephanie (Marissa Matrone) to be as efficient and inconspicuous as possible. One day, while cleaning the room of noted socialite Caroline Lane (Natasha Richardson), Stephanie spies a beautiful designer gown and dares Marisa to try it on; against her better judgment, she does, and while all dolled up, she bumps into Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes), a wealthy and well-bred bachelor who is running for the Senate. Immediately charmed, Chris asks Marisa to join him for a walk in Central Park, assuming she's the blue-blooded Caroline. Marisa manages to join Chris for the afternoon, with Ty in tow, and Chris finds himself quite taken with Marisa's beauty and down-to-earth personality, as well as Ty's precocious interest in politics. Chris later calls Caroline's room to set up a lunch date, but soon discovers the stuffy Ms. Lane is not the woman he met before. Marisa is also attracted to Chris, but while her friends encourage her to pursue a romance, Veronica believes her daughter is asking for trouble by trying to win a man so far out of her social strata. The supporting cast also includes Stanley Tucci and Amy Sedaris.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Jennifer Lopez dips into Jenny-from-the-'hood mode to portray a Puerto Rican chambermaid in this frothy romantic comedy, which features the normally dour Ralph Fiennes at his most charming and upbeat. He costars as a wealthy senatorial candidate who makes a luxurious New York hotel his temporary campaign headquarters. J.-Lo, a single mom who dreams of a better life for herself and her son (Tyler Posey), is accidentally mistaken by Fiennes for the glamorous socialite whose suite she is cleaning, and a very unlikely romance ensues. Lopez, the daughter of working-class parents, brings credibility to her characterization of the ambitious maid, who realizes that she can't keep deceiving the candidate but dreads telling him the truth. Director Wayne Wang (Center of the World), not at all accustomed to working with such material, hews closely to established genre conventions and elicits good performances from his players. Fiennes is surprisingly engaging as the warmhearted politician, Natasha Richardson is delightfully ditzy as the socialite for whom Lopez is mistaken, and Stanley Tucci is deliciously tart as the candidate's win-at-any-cost campaign manager. But it's J.-Lo's show all the way; she holds this modern-day Cinderella story together by force of personality alone. Warm and affecting, she'll make you empathize with the chambermaid so much so that you'll gladly overlook the corny plot devices needed to tie up all the loose ends.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Enlivened by an intermittently gritty feel but marred by some seriously deficient romantic chemistry, Jennifer Lopez's first genuine blockbuster is ultimately a paint-by-numbers Hollywood vehicle that might as well have been produced in 1982 rather than the beginning of the second millennium. With its dashing Republican hero, sanitized class struggle, and Casio keyboard-demo score, Maid in Manhattan is as weirdly retrograde as romantic fantasies come. Director Wayne Wang seems to have tried to channel some of the generalized service-sector empathy that made his Brooklyn anthem Smoke memorable: The film stock and on-location settings are convincingly grungy, and the unforced (if visibly irritable) Lopez does a passable job of playing against her increasingly stratospheric offscreen persona. But the film's script is cobbled together out of the worst kinds of Screenwriting 101 clichés, not the least of which include a quirky-shy moppet of a son and a go-nowhere subplot involving the lead character's clash with her mother's old-world ideals. Still, the most depressing -- and depressive -- aspect of the film may very well be the autopilot performance of Ralph Fiennes, whose drowsy, faux-New England riche speech patterns and soft-focus stare suggest nothing so much as a Kennedy cousin recovering from invasive dental surgery.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

A skillful, glossy, formula picture, given life by the appeal of its stars.
Boston Globe - Ty Burr
A lovably old-school Hollywood confection.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2003
UPC:
0043396097469
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Lopez Marisa Ventura
Frances Conroy Paula Burns
Christopher Eigeman John Bextrum
Ralph Fiennes Christopher Marshall
Bob Hoskins Lionel Bloch
Natasha Richardson Caroline Lane
Stanley Tucci Jerry Siegel
Priscilla Lopez Veronica Ventura
Marissa Matrone Stephanie Kehoe
Tyler Garcia Posey Ty Ventura
Amy Sedaris Rachel Hoffberg
Crystal Allen Mr. Lefferts' Girlfriend
Patrick Anderson Roosevelt Manager
Ray Aranha Bus Driver
Brigitte Barnett Shopper
Beth Dodye Bass Telephone Operator
Anthony Caforio Power Politician
Gloria Colonnello Shopper
Maddie Corman Leezette
Di Quon Lily Kim
Jeffrey Dinowitz Congressman Grey
Carla Duren Singer
Bill Edwards Reporter
Jay Edwards Reporter
Mark Fairchild Reporter
Lou Ferguson Keef Townsend
Larry Fleischman Full Monty
Emily Frances WPIX Reporter
Joel Garland Reporter
Lisa Roberts Gillan Cora
Eric Michael Gillett Reporter
Kenneth Goodstein Bellman
Sylvia Gottlieb Congressman Grey's Wife
Amber Gristak Autograph Girl
Margaret Harth Roosevelt Maid
Catherine Anne Hayes Telephone Operator
Jeff Hephner Harold the Room Service Waiter
Richard E. Hirschfield Security Man
Rachel Hollingsworth Singer
Jayne Houdyshell Carmen
Mirjana Jokovic Maid
Donna Karger NY1 Reporter
Richie Karron Harry Schiff
Stephanie Langhoff Christopher Marshall's Aide
Patricia Lavery Reporter
Glenn Lewis Lead Singer
Tobias Maendel Bellman
Saundra McClain Maid
Seth William Meier Christopher Marshall's Aide
Paul Messina Journalist
Mike Morris News Commentator
Maja Niles Shopper
Tom O'Rourke Maddox
Lizza Oliver Roosevelt Food Manager
Annika Pergament NY1 Reporter
Javier Picayo Ninth Grade Boy
Larry Pine Mr. Lefferts
Shaun Powell Paparazzi
Cole Razzano Political Supporter
Amy Redford Reporter
Minna Rose Shopper
Dave Rosenberg Reporter
Bethann Schebece Reporter
Gayle Scott Frances
Raquel Shapiro Monique Guedj
Kae Shimizu Maid
Joseph Siravo Delgado
Hillary Bailey Smith Mrs. Lefferts
Thomas M. Sullivan Paparazzi
Emma Thaler Tiana
Daniel A. Thomas Christopher Marshall's Aide
Liliane Thomas Anouk Guedj
Michelle Thomas Michelle
Rufus Thomas Rufus the Dog
Millie Tirelli Miss V.
Marilyn Torres Barb
Daniella Van Graas Fiancee
Becky Veduccio Ty's Teacher
Michelle Vicidomini-Serdaros Neta
Ton Voogt Pilates Instructor
Sharon Wilkins Clarice
Gilbert Williams Reporter
Nick Wyman Concierge

Technical Credits
Wayne Wang Director
Richard Baratta Co-producer
Susan Bode-Tyson Set Decoration/Design
Allan Byer Sound/Sound Designer
Edmond Dantes Original Story
Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas Producer
Michael Kirchberger Sound Editor
Karl Walter Lindenlaub Cinematographer
Craig McKay Editor
Benny Medina Executive Producer
Jane Musky Production Designer
Charles James Newirth Executive Producer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Schiff Producer
Deborah Schindler Producer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Jonathan Strauss Casting
Todd Thaler Casting
Glen Trotiner Asst. Director
Kevin Wade Screenwriter
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Patricia Woodbridge Art Director

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Maid in Manhattan 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
a very nice movie i liked it if you liked The Wedding Planner then your gonna like Maid In Manhattan its nice one of those romantic type movies the kinda movies i like and enjoy well done bravo!
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Jennifer Lopez does not show any acting capibilities and does not deserve the recognition she recieves. Ralph Fiennes was truley charming in this movie after THE RED DRAGOn movie. A true movie you must own if you live in MANHATTAN!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked the movie The Wedding Planner, then you will love this movie indeed. She plays the role of a single Mom who wants a better life for herself and her child. Which was very refreshing and realistic because it is common our society today. You will laugh, cry, and be completely satisfied with the outcome of the movie. This movie is defintely for the Jennifer Lopez fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this movie a lot. It is a modern Cinderella story. If you like other Jennifer Lopez movies, like the Wedding Planner, and romantic movies you will like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the movie so much. It is a very funny movie to watch with your family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this fairytale movie.it made my heart skip a beat. i am a romantic at heart. jennifer is the best. also she is the next julia roberts.look out world.my latino sista has taking off.You go girl
Guest More than 1 year ago
JLO ia a phenomenol actress she rocks in all her movies. I would watch anything she plays in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maid In Manhattan is a grand movie. Jennifer is great. Ralph is dashing and handsome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so bad. After all the publicity, I thought it would be really cute. I love romantic comedies, but this movie was so completely unrealistic and corny. This movie was painful to watch, and now I have a lot less respect for Jennifer Lopez as an actress.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Maid in Manhattan'' was so boring that I fell asleep in the middle of the movie. I was trying to give Jennifer Lopez the benefit of the doubt after falling asleep in her other movie ''The Wedding Planner'', but I was disappointed. She never has any chemistry with her co-stars, not even with her current boyfriend Ben Affleck in their box office disaster ''Gigli''. Her movies are simply boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent feel good comedy. J-Lo and others did an excellent job. Nice to watch a feel good movie without all the violence and bad language. All the actors and actresses deserve a thumbs up, especially the little boy. Looking forward to watching the Wedding Planner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm tired of the whole girl meets guy out of her league, she lies to him, he forgives her, and they live happily ever after. It just doesn't happen in real life. Not to mention the acting was way too stiff. Nobody except the little boy was relaxed. You'd think after all the movies J-Lo has done she'd either get better or quit. I'm voting for the latter. Even the humor sucked.
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