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At Theaters: 12/13/2002 On Video: 3/25/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 43 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 399923
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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A hard-working, intelligent and determined single mother dreams of a better life. While struggling as a housekeeper at Manhattan's first-class Beresford Hotel, she falls for a rising politician, who mistakenly assumes she's a socialite guest at the hotel.
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Romantic Comedy - A fun, feel good Cinderella story. It's light, it's uplifting, it's funny and it has several heartwarming, feel good moments that just might bring a tear to your eye.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jennifer Lopez ENOUGH, ANGEL EYES, THE WEDDING PLANNER, THE CELL
Ralph Fiennes RED DRAGON, THE END OF THE AFFAIR
Natasha Richardson BLOW DRY, THE PARENT TRAP
Director: Wayne Wang THE CENTER OF THE WORLD, ANYWHERE BUT HERE
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 GD's, 4 S-words, 2 A-words. Just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Just some cleavage and a couple sleep together (nothing shown).
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Very funny. It's often a heartwarming, feel-good type of humor.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Average "There's an oversize Cinderella-slipper problem here, though, and it belongs to the prince. Or, more specifically, to a wan and watery Ralph Fiennes, desperately miscast as a supposedly dashing Senate candidate...''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Below Average "It's entirely possible for a formulaic motion picture to be enjoyable. Conventional storytelling is not necessarily a bad thing, but it has to be accomplished with zest and verve. Maid in Manhattan isn't just predictable - it's badly acted, blandly directed, and could have been scripted by someone who just graduated from elementary school.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "Maid in Manhattan is a skillful, glossy, formula picture, given life by the appeal of its stars. It has a Meet Cute of stunning audacity, it has a classic Fish Out of Water, it works the Idiot Plot Syndrome overtime to avoid solving a simple misunderstanding, and there won't be a person in the audience who can't guess exactly how it will turn out. Yet it goes through its paces with such skill and charm that, yes, I enjoyed it.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Above Average "Maid in Manhattan proves that it's easier to change the sheets than to change hackneyed concepts when it comes to dreaming up romantic comedies. Even attractively cast ones.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 173 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
3
About 50/50
100%
13-19Teens (F)
37
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
8
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
40
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
16
High
94%
30+Adults (F)
69
Very High
100%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

It's easy to see that "Maid In Manhattan" is a big hit with moviegoers. These are some outstanding opinions. And guys, this is not just a "chick flick." As you can see, the guys rated it nearly as high as the ladies. I highly recommend "Maid In Manhattan" to everyone! (Ladies, you might want to bring a tissue.)

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) has made a good life for herself and her ten-year-old son, Ty (Tyler Garcia Posey), even if they don't have a lot of money. One Saturday morning Marisa brings Ty to the Beresford. She asks a co-worker to keep an eye on him for her while she and another maid, Stephanie (Marissa Matrone), attend to their chores. One of the hotel guests, a spoiled socialite, Caroline Lane (Natasha Richardson), asks Marisa to return some designer clothes for her. After Caroline leaves, Stephanie coaxes Marisa into trying them on before taking them back to the store. In an uncharacteristically frivolous moment, Marisa slips into the chic, expensive outfits.

Ty appears at the door with the handsome Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes), an aspiring U.S. Senator and one of Manhattan's most eligible bachelors. Ty has come to ask Marisa's permission to walk through Central Park with Christopher and his dog Rufus. Christopher is immediately attracted to Marisa. Assuming she is a hotel guest, he asks her to join them. She is about to refuse, but Stephanie intervenes and accepts for her.

Despite the obvious sparks between them, Marisa is reluctant to encourage Christopher, fearing she'll lose all that she's worked so hard to build. But he pursues her, even though it could compromise his political career.

As romance, mistaken identity and front-page gossip collide, Marisa and Christopher learn that the bigger your dreams, the better the chance they might come true.

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