Maid to Order Reviews
Ally Sheedy is a really honest actress who knows how to handle pathos but also knows when the comedy needs to be played straight or camped up and that is a major plus in a movie about Beverly Hills and fairy godmothers, oKAY.
Michael Ontkean started his career in the 70s and continued to work in the next two decades. He was a big commodity in films, working a lot and he always delivered. He was a solid performer, charming, funny and way handsome.. very sexy. I haven't seen him in anything lately but I hope he is still working.
Beverly D'Angelo is a genuinely great actress who has been underused by the industry (though I have heard she actually stopped working while dating Al Pacino and giving birth to his children). Her work in movies like Coal Miner's Daughter, Streetcar Named Desire, Daddy's Dyin and a lot of other movies, not to mention the Vacation movies has made her a major staple in the filmgoing community. In this film she is wry and beautiful.
Valerie Perrine is an iconic beauty with some serious acting talent that landed her in dramas (Oscar nominee for Lenny) and comedies alike (how funny is she as Eve Teschmacher in the Superman movies?). She is hilarious in this picture and a big part of the hilarity is that she doesn't camp it up; she plays it straight, fully committed to every moment, bizarre outfits and wigs and all.
Tom Skerritt is so stallwart, so steadfast, so sexy. It doesn't matter if he is a supporting actor or a leading character, he always delivers.
And the late and wonderful Dick Shawn. Fantastico.
Maid to Order isn't going to change anyone's life. Well, wait a minute. It actually does. It changes my life... Because each time I pop in my dvd and watch it I feel happier.
I imagine that is just what the writer and director had in mind.