The movie, in addition to all the fun, points out serious issues of class and race differences. And in a very touching way, the movie asks us to take a look at ourselves: our jobs, our lives, and to ask ourselves, are we holding back from our dreams because we have been taught that this is as far as we can go? Maid in Manhattan is inspiring to anyone who has looked wistfully at a star, but did not believe she deserved to try to reach it.
Bob Hoskins turns in a wonderful performance as a hotel butler. He has some of the best lines in the film.
Seems that some parts of the story were edited out - there always seems to be something missing.
Not too bad but not worth buying unless your a big J-Lo fan.
Lopez makes it clear that is not a good actress (full of blinks, gasps and tics), and Fiennes is dull and annoying (yes: a real politician).
Besides it is annoyingly full of stereotypes (see the legion of maids of the hotel, see the politician's team, see the awful scene in the jewellery). The story of Cinderella is re-visited for the n-th time and the final is really predictable. Oh, where is true love?
There are no strange situations, no close encounters, no blinking gazes, no love tears and no love joy. Very superficial.
I really prefer Jennifer Lopez being JLo. See whatta mean?
Jennifer Lopez is a busy single mother bringing up a precocious youngster with a penchant for seventies' history who becomes knowledgeable about Richard Nixon and his administration. His mother, after growing up in a poor family in the Bronx, rubs elbows with luxury daily in her job as a maid in the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel, which is given another name for the film. Those of us who are fascinated by the exciting pace of Manhattan can easily find this film interesting for that reason alone, in that much of the movie is based at the Waldorf, home to the likes of President Herbert Hoover and General Douglas MacArthur. While Lopez is ambitious and would like to rise to managerial ranks, she is a little shy about it, and so a fellow maid impressed by her potential fills out an application in her name when, after the departure of an employee, a management position becomes available.
Just as Lopez begins thinking about a move up the ladder she meets Ralph Fiennes, a wealthy and dashing New York Assemblyman who is running for United States Senator. She meets him under pretenses that are false, but not of her own choosing, after he comes to the hotel to stay as a guest and sees her in a beautiful outfit. He assumes that she is wealthy, but the outfit was borrowed from a wealthy guest out of the room at the time. She puts it on after her friend begs her to, explaining that it will do no harm and the owner will never know.
Contretemps are set into motion wherein Lopez' seemingly harmless act is discovered.Read more ›