Middling and Mindless
It's such a familiar storyline where someone falls in love "above their station in life", and that nascent love is threatened by discovery of that one fact. It's Cinderella and the armies of clones that have followed. Perhaps the classist, antiquated notions surrounding that story made the producers uncomfortable, as almost nobody here really believes it.
Here, it's Jennifer Lopez as the maid who, accidently discovered in the clothes of a guest in her high-priced hotel, gets caught up with Senatorial candidate Ralph Fiennes. She's got a kid, Ty, with an unusual political bent. The kid's father is the typical movie deadbeat, making his only "appearance" via cell phone. Lopez has aspirations to make hotel manager, at least partly to prove her pessimist mother wrong, but after the typical movie mistaken-identity plot, Lopez seems to think her real self wouldn't do for the aspiring Senator.
The film is about as transparent as the characters. We see each plot setup coming a mile away, and there's nothing all that surprising about what anyone does. Every so often there is a hint of a stronger sentiment lurking under the surface of the film, especially in the political arena, but the closest to anything meaninful I could find was a vague suggestion that perhaps Americans should forgive Richard Nixon for lying.
So, the film must rest entirely upon its execution of the well known Cinderella plot. The chemistry between Lopez and Fiennes wasn't so much unconvincing as uninspired. I also didn't quite catch that being a maid was so bad - maybe they weren't trying to make that point, and it's perfectly fine to say working in the service industry is to be respected - but this undercuts the idea of the film. How is she aspiring "above her station", if her station isn't really that low? That could have been an interesting idea to explore - and in fact the concept pokes its head up now and then, only to be brushed aside before anything meaninful comes of it.
Not to say this is all dreck or anything - there's a definite fantasist angle, and some genuinely fun moments. Are they worth the price of admission? Probably not.
Full profile for Maid in Manhattan
Offsite info: Internet Movie Database
login to submit an article
A Film Review
2006-03-10 06:51:39... CheriLacy
The Lazy Moviewatcher's Top... Something of 2004
Despite being busy watching all of 2003's movies at home, this reviewer did actually hit the theater a few times this year
2004-12-30 22:39:13... andrew
2003 Awards Tracker
So many awards, so much recognition - it's amazing how these people don't develop an ego
2004-01-29 21:45:11... andrew
How to set up a cheap home theatre
Constant upgrades and a host of revolving standards make the home theatre market hard to decide when to jump in.
2003-05-27 17:52:42... mastadonfarm
submit a review here
submit a review here
indexes links credits privacy|
all contributed material © their respective authors
everything else © 2017 thatcow
link to this site