Yeah I know another Cinderella like movie, but this one I am not a huge fan of. Don’t get me wrong I like it but I’m not crazy about it. Released in December 2002, Maid in Manhattan I would describe as cute, but I feel like it is lacking just a few things. Spoilers ahead as usual. I DO NOT OWN THE PICTURE.
A young single mother Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) works as a maid at one of the best hotels in Manhattan; The Beresford Hotel. Her son Ty (Tyler Posey, yeah the same guy from Teen Wolf) likes to hang around the hotel when not in school and soon meets one of the guests at the hotel; senatorial candidate Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fines), who feels like his life is under a microscope. Marisa and her friend Stephanie (Marissa Matrone) are cleaning the suite of Caroline Lane (Natasha Richardson) a socialite whom let’s just say is a little off her rocker after a break up. She asks Marisa to return a Dolce & Gabbana coat, but Stephanie convinces Marisa to try it on because “technically” it doesn’t belong to anyone. As she does Ty arrives with Chris asking if he can go with him to walk Chris’s dog. Marisa and Chris are quickly smitten with each other, but he thinks she’s Caroline Lane. Marisa tries to avoid Chris because she thinks it will ruin her chances of becoming manager, but it does not stop them from falling in love. If you know your Cinderella stories I’m sure you can guess how this ends.
As I stated previously while I do enjoy this movie it is not something I would recommend too highly. Here are some good parts: I like the story, what can I say I’m a sucker for Cinderella like stories, and I enjoy the performances from Lopez, Fines, Richardson and Posey and a couple of the other maids. However there are a few things I don’t like. Lopez and Fines are I think good actors in other films I, like many others, felt there was a lack of chemistry between them. It felt multiple times there was a forced attraction between their characters. I also felt the writing could have been in a few places. While I would not say it is a bad movie, I would not put this incredibly high on a recommendation list.