Maid in Manhattan

2002

Maid in Manhattan

Critics Consensus

Too blandly generic, Maid in Manhattan also suffers from a lack of chemistry between Lopez and Fiennes.

39%

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43%

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User Ratings: 467,581
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Can a wealthy Republican politician find happiness with a chambermaid from the Bronx? One man is about to find out, though he hardly realizes it at first, in this romantic comedy from director Wayne Wang. Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) is a single mother who is raising her gifted but under-confident son Ty (Tyler Garcia Posey) on her own, with some help from her mother Veronica (Priscilla Lopez), after divorcing her husband. Marisa works as a housekeeper at the exclusive Beresford Hotel in Manhattan, where her boss Paula Burns (Frances Conroy) and chief butler Lionel Bloch (Bob Hoskins) urge Marisa and her best friend and fellow maid Stephanie (Marissa Matrone) to be as efficient and inconspicuous as possible. One day, while cleaning the room of noted socialite Caroline Lane (Natasha Richardson), Stephanie spies a beautiful designer gown and dares Marisa to try it on; against her better judgment, she does, and while all dolled up, she bumps into Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes), a wealthy and well-bred bachelor who is running for the Senate. Immediately charmed, Chris asks Marisa to join him for a walk in Central Park, assuming she's the blue-blooded Caroline. Marisa manages to join Chris for the afternoon, with Ty in tow, and Chris finds himself quite taken with Marisa's beauty and down-to-earth personality, as well as Ty's precocious interest in politics. Chris later calls Caroline's room to set up a lunch date, but soon discovers the stuffy Ms. Lane is not the woman he met before. Marisa is also attracted to Chris, but while her friends encourage her to pursue a romance, Veronica believes her daughter is asking for trouble by trying to win a man so far out of her social strata. The supporting cast also includes Stanley Tucci and Amy Sedaris.

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Cast

Ralph Fiennes
as Christopher Marshall
Jennifer Lopez
as Marisa Ventura
Natasha Richardson
as Caroline Lane
Marissa Matrone
as Stephanie
Maddie Corman
as Leezette
Lou Ferguson
as Keef Townsend
Liliane Thomas
as Anouk Guedj
Di Quon
as Lily Kim
Raquel Shapiro
as Monique Guedj
Ton Voogt
as Pilates Instructor
Ray Aranha
as Bus Driver
Becky Veduccio
as Ty's Teacher
Gayle Scott
as Frances
Jeff Hephner
as Harold the Room Service Waiter
Beth Dodye Bass
as Telephone Operator
Catherine Anne Hayes
as Telephone Operator
Shaun Powell
as Paparazzi
Larry Fleischman
as Full Monty
Nick Wyman
as Concierge
Richie Karron
as Harry Schiff
Jay Edwards
as Reporter
Bill Edwards
as Reporter
Amy Redford
as Reporter
Gil Williams
as Reporter
Margaret Harth
as Roosevelt Maid
Javier Picayo
as Ninth Grade Boy
Glenn Lewis
as Lead Singer
Donna Karger
as NY1 Reporter
Annika Pergament
as NY1 Reporter
Emily Frances
as WPIX Reporter
Paul Messina
as Journalist
Larry Pine
as Mr. Lefferts
Hillary B. Smith
as Mrs. Lefferts
Crystal Allen
as Mr. Lefferts' Girlfriend
Seth William Meier
as Christopher Marshall's Aide
Stephanie Langhoff
as Christopher Marshall's Aide
Daniel A. Thomas
as Christopher Marshall's Aide
Minna Rose
as Shopper
Maja Niles
as Shopper
Amber Gristak
as Autograph Girl
Patrick Ryan Anderson
as Roosevelt Manager
Mike Morris
as News Commentator
Anthony Caforio
as Power Politician
Cole Razzano
as Political Supporter
Lizza Oliver
as Roosevelt Food Manager
Jeffrey Dinowitz
as Congressman Grey
Sylvia Gottlieb
as Congressman Grey's Wife
Rufus Thomas
as Rufus the Dog
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Audience Reviews for Maid in Manhattan

  • Jan 03, 2013
    Actually not bad. There's no goofy, embarrassing hijinx like in other romantic comedies. The mistaken identity plot is played straight. The socioeconomic commentary is adequate for what is primarily a love story, and I like how Marisa's son gets to build a bond with his mother's suitor too. There is also no given that Chris and Marisa live happily ever after. The magazine covers in the credits say, "One year and still going strong." Nice touch, movie.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 16, 2012
    I knew that I wouldn't like "Maid in Manhattan" from the start. Banal, loaded with schmaltz and a little uneven with its racially-themed message, it just isn't convincing or impressive in any aspect, which is somewhat justifiable when considering the kind of audience that it was designed for. Still, that's no excuse. Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes are an awkward-enough pairing to begin with, and they have very little chemistry with one another. "Maid in Manhattan" is annoying in how bland and uninspired it is, but then again, that's kind of a given.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2011
    Nothing interesting about this film, oblivious.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    I really enjoyed this. Jennifer Lopez at her best and it's got quite a good storyline. A must see!
    Bethany M Super Reviewer

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