How sad is this?
Great Film overall
Good concept, poorly executed.
The acting in this movie is really good.
Maid in Manhattan (2002): Dir: Wayne Wang / Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Stanley Tucci, Bob Hoskins: Unbearable mess told totally through its trailer. The big challenge is whether Ralph Fiennes and Jennifer Lopez end up together, and whether the audiences gives a rat's ass. The most creative aspect to this otherwise boring screenplay is its title. Lopez plays a maid in a hotel in Manhattan. Her ex-husband makes false promises about attending their son's school speech. She encounters a kindly man who is running for Senator. She is unable to admit to being a maid and not a rich hotel guest. Director Wayne Wang previously made Anywhere but Here but here he doesn't do an inspiring job. Lopez and Fiennes are going by the motions here. Why she cannot admit to him about who she is becomes a useless plot problem, and Fiennes basically sleepwalks through this until the truth of her identity emerges. Can anyone guess how this will end? Does anyone care? Natasha Richardson as a hotel guest who overacts horribly. Stanley Tucci plays Fiennes's adviser but perhaps he should have advised him to seek better material to apply his talent to. Bob Hoskins also makes a wasted appearance, and reminds viewers that we still love him in the far more entertaining Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The result is painfully pointless drivel made for the trash bin. Score: 2 / 10
This is a John Hughes' misstep. Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) is a hotel maid. She tries on a guest's clothes, and just that moment she's interrupted by Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes). He's from a political dynasty running for office and he mistakes her for a guest. What comes after is a class identity switch.The whole concept just seems dated. Did John Hughes copy it from a 50's movie? The first problem I had was why Jennifer Lopez wouldn't try to better herself? At first I thought it was something interesting like trouble with the INS. But no it's mommy issues. The problem is that Lopez is completely miscast. No one would believe that she would be so meek. Her persona doesn't fit at all.I am willing to buy into the fairy tale being pushed here. I am even willing to buy that she couldn't tell him the truth. She's a maid after all. They're untouchables..... Duh!!! But if Ralph Fiennes plays the Prince Charming, he's got to be much more heroic. He needs to go in there like 'An Officer and A Gentleman'. He can't be dragged there by a little kid. Where's the chivalry? When it was revealed, he starts berating her about lying. There are so many things that are off in this movie.
Nice fantasy romance starring Jennifer Lopez that seems to rank high amongst her fans.Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) is a single parent maid working at a high end hotel in Manhattan. She meets Chris (Ralph Finnes) a wealthy politician who finds her son cute and also falls for her head over heels, but he thinks she's also from a privileged background. Soon he finds out her true identity. Will her romance survive ?This is a modern day Cinderella story. By no effort of her own, she goes from a maid to becoming affiliated with the highest echelon of the society. Coveted, desired and protected by a strong man who also likes her son and is very nice to him as well. It's an escapism, but it works. The opinions may be divided on this movie. Some may find the story too convenient. Other's may find the story a transporting experience for 100 minutes. One thing is for sure. If someone else played the lead, this movie would have been just a soap opera, but credit goes to Jennifer Lopez for turning a flop into a box office success. She brings quality to the movie that wouldn't deserve the class if she wasn't in it.
So it's Cinderella. It's hard to imagine why that would bother anyone who'd seen the trailer, by the time you sit down to watch the movie you know the plot.I may be the last person on earth to see Jennifer Lopez outside the checkout line. She's not bad looking but didn't impress me all that greatly as an actress, but she did tell the story. This may be a light- weight role for Fiennes (duh!) but I thought he carried it off well. The kid (Ty) was great, and Bob Hoskins was wonderful.I think Pygmalian (Pretty Woman) is a better story, and Julia Roberts is obviously head and shoulders above Jennifer Lopez, but I certainly don't regret adding it to my Netflix queue!Van