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Maid in Manhattan [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

Jennifer Lopez , Ralph Fiennes , Wayne Wang    Blu-ray
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

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3.0 out of 5 stars An Old-Fashioned Love Story June 6 2004
"Maid in Manhattan" is the type of old-fashioned love story that one would expect to see in the forties with Jimmy Stewart in his "ah, shucks" manner wooing beautiful blonde Carole Lombard. The basic formula was carried forth to the present in this film, with modern touches applied.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jenny From The Block Jan. 15 2004
By Meesha
To say Jennifer Lopez's reputation precedes her is an understatement, and even her fiancé, Ben Affleck, has admitted to that, before he started filming the ill-fated Gigli with her. So I was understandably wary about getting this, but it seemed like my kind of film, even being described as Prettier Woman. And after being told that my reputation was tarnished by buying this movie, I thought what the hell, put it in the DVD player, sat back, and got ready to get my claws out.
Despite the severe lack of extras (has trailers for Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Anger Management, and Daddy Day Care, plus a trailer for the film itself) I found myself really, really enjoying this film! It's a great feel good movie, and although it's nothing new, stealing ideas from Pretty Woman, Notting Hill (the press conference scene near the end) and that age old classic, Cinderella, I was sitting through it with a smile on my face.
I have no problems with Jennifer Lopez as an actress. She's terrific, she played the part well, looking the part of the low down maid, with long, gorgeous hair. She doesn't quite match up to Julia Roberts (she doesn't have the big mouth for starters), but I can't see Julia Roberts, earning mega bucks per movie, ever going back to the pay she earned for Pretty Woman.
Who I did have a problem with however, was Ralph Fiennes. Not exactly the most charismatic leading man ever! He shows no emotion throughout the film, and just annoys the hell out of me generally. They could have had any fantastic leading man, but they blew the budget on J-Lo. (Now his younger brother, hello, hello, hello!) With Richard Gere in Pretty Woman, his hair was grey, and he was a lot older, but he always had that twinkle in his eye.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I guess I've seen worse in my life ... Jan. 3 2004
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Sébastien Papineau
5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Classic
Maid in Manhattan is a gem, a romantic comedy destined to be one of the classics. The story of a hotel maid who accidentally meets an aspiring senator and contrives to have him... Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by L. Mintah
5.0 out of 5 stars Maid in Manhattan
Maid in Manhattan DVD ~ Jennifer Lopez is your average romatic comedy and I love it for being this. There is no social comentary, no pretense and loads of fun. 5/5.
Published on July 8 2004 by B. Viberg
2.0 out of 5 stars average chick flick
well all ive got to say about this movie is its another chick flick. guy sees women. women sees guy, they meet in some awkward situation, they fall in love eventually, the end. Read more
Published on June 26 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars J-Lo in an Apron?
This is based on the old Cinderella theme. J-Lo plays a maid in a hotel in Manhatten, meets an Assemblyman played by Ralph Finnes but pretends to be someone else, gets found out,... Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by sp
2.0 out of 5 stars Cinderella version "n"
This film doesn't have anything new. It's not even funny, so it cannot be a romantic comedy. I think it is sort of a melodrama. Read more
Published on June 6 2004 by derrotista
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie,though...
though its not her best movie ever, if you want to have a 'easy' evening and dont wanna watch nothing thats about shoting, killing or an really 'serious' movie, thats the movie to... Read more
Published on June 5 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Why is Ralph Fines wasting his time
Man is this movie a waste of time or what, i've seen movies like this all the time and it just pisses me off that there's a happy ending in all of them. I mean damn, what is this. Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by Hadi
1.0 out of 5 stars JLo sux big time
This movie is awful. The storyline is rushed and incredibly predictable. JLo is trying to put herself in the category with Julia, Kate, Sandra, Renee, etc. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by LoVe2ReAd
3.0 out of 5 stars A semi cute movie
Cute. That's the first word that comes to mind when I watch this movie. The plot has been done so many times it's truly impossible to come up with anything original along the same... Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004 by Andrea Redich
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