Does Hollywood have a calendar that has one of the days marked as "Make Cinderella Movie" day?
Let's just cut to the chase. We've all seen this movie a hundred times a hundred different ways, so I'm not going to insult anyone by going over the plot.
The acting is just average. That's OK though; sometimes (even though the plot may be overdone) there is value in simply not messing anything up and having said that said, both Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes don't screw up. Don't misunderstand; I say that somewhat tongue-in-cheek, creatively speaking, they're not exactly stretching themselves either. I thought that Lopez was terrific in 'The Cell' and super-cool in 'Out of Sight.' Fiennes also has a bunch of movies I thought he was great in, most notably 'The English Patient.' 'Maid in Manhattan' certainly doesn't rank anywhere near those movies. However, all of that's really neither here nor there though I guess. They both turn in a solid outing; I suppose that's the bottom line.
My problem (and admittedly, maybe this is just me being 'a guy') is that I just CAN'T TAKE the cliché of "The Cinderella Story" anymore. The whole plot is just soooo ... "FORMULA." I honestly feel like, just by reading the box, I could have penned out the whole movie myself ... from heart.
If you need a date movie, there really are better ones out there RIGHT NOW to see. However (for all the guys) if you can't steer clear of this one, at least take comfort in the fact that you won't feel like you've been mugged when you turn off the DVD player. While it may be infinitely disposable, it's (at least) not offensively bad.