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Maid in Manhattan

Maid in Manhattan

After recent films about super-spies, outer space adventures and drug dealers, I was ready for a good old fashioned romance, and Jennifer Lopez's new Cinderella story fits the bill.

She plays Marisa Ventura, single mother to a precocious ten year old boy.  She works hard as a chamber maid in a luxury Manhattan hotel, where she meets the man of her dreams.

While trying on a guest's designer togs, in a suite she's to clean, her coworker urges her to do so, Marisa is mistaken for a rich guest by Senate candidate Chris Marshall (Ralph Fiennes).

She keeps up the charade long enough to be invited to a big charity ball by him.  This gives the film an opportunity to doll up an already striking Ms. Lopez.  The hotel staff moves into full "Pretty Woman" mode by outfitting Marisa in a ball gown, Harry Winston diamonds and an elaborate hairdo, all courtesy of the exclusive hotel shops.

Although Fiennes is a bit stiff as a romantic lead, we can understand why he wanted this role after just playing the monstrous Red Dragon.  Lopez, on the other hand, is very natural as the hard-working mother who cleans up really well.

Natasha Richardson adds a little fun as an overbearing rich hotel guest who fancies the candidate for herself.

Maid In Manhattan is a great way to forget about the hubbub of the season.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the fairy tale.

 
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