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Maid In Manhattan

Every now and then, a girl could use a fairy godmother with a magic wand to whip up some glass slippers and a new gown. Especially if she (Jennifer Lopez) works in housekeeping at an upscale hotel, and the man she hopes to impress is an up-and-coming congressional aspirant (Ralph Fiennes). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+ 2.5
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 105
Theater Release: 13 Dec 2002
Video Release: 02 Feb 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Every now and then, a girl could use a fairy godmother with a magic wand to whip up some glass slippers and a new gown. But Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) will have to settle for the help of her son when it comes to catching a man.

In Maid in Manhattan, moviegoers get the classic Cinderella story complete with the cleaning girl who falls for the handsome prince -- or in this case a senatorial candidate on the election trail. Working as a maid in a swank New York hotel, Marisa is a single mother from the Bronx who has learned to be invisible to the rich and influential guests who stay in the four-star establishment. She's an employee who takes her job seriously enough to be considered for a promotion until her co-worker convinces her to try on the discarded outfit of one of their wealthy visitors.

That's when she accidentally meets Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes), a Congressional aspirant who's just checked into the Beresford. Mistaking her for a fellow guest, he is smitten with the well-heeled woman and her politically savvy son, Ty (Tyler Posey). But instead of coming clean, Marisa avoids Chris rather than face the disparity of their social standings. Afraid to burst the bubble, she holds out until she is confronted with the evidence of her actions.

Unfortunately, the script could use a little spit and polish to clean it up for family viewing. Along with consequences for actions that are often mild (if even evident), repeated profanities, sexual comments and a religious jab wear at the film's suitability. A brief bedroom scene involving an unmarried couple and the unclothed backside of a male hotel guest may also leave some parents checking out.

Interestingly, the movie focuses on the often-overlooked service people who keep things running smoothly but are rarely acknowledged. According to the studio, Lopez drew crowds of onlookers while filming in the Waldorf-Astoria but barely drew any attention when wearing her housekeeping costume. Considering that she is the same mega star regardless of how she dresses, that observation may be the most realistic aspect of this Hollywood fairytale.

Maid In Manhattan is rated PG-13: for some language / sexual references.

Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson
Studio: 2002 Columbia Pictures
Website: Official site for Maid In Manhattan.

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