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Maid in Manhattan (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
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Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) is a struggling single mom who works at a posh Manhattan hotel and dreams of a better life for her and her young son (Tyler Posey). One fateful day, hotel guest and senatorial candidate Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes) meets Marisa and mistakes her for a wealthy socialite. After an enchanting evening together, the two fall madly in love. But when Marisa's true identity is revealed, issues of class and social status threaten to separate them. Can two people from very different worlds overcome their differences and live happily ever after? From acclaimed director Wayne Wang (Anywhere But Here) and co-starring Natasha Richardson, Stanley Tucci and Bob Hoskins, MAID IN MANHATTAN is "Romantic! Funny! Uplifting!" (Neil Rosen, NY1).
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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good movie with feel of a different era. acting is good and so is the story.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this movie, so when the one I had crack when I was taking it out to watch, I had to buy a new one.Published 21 months ago by Aline M Carley
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