Maid in Manhattan

  • PG
  • Wayne Wang (2002)
  • US
  • 100 min
Maid in Manhattan
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Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Smoke director Wayne Wang swaps originality and sophistication for feel-good froth in this undemanding and predictable take on Cinderella. Based on a story by John Hughes (writing as Edmond Dantes) - with more than a passing nod to Pretty Woman - this sugary fairy tale is as simplistic as it is traditional. Ralph Fiennes piles on the charm as a would-be senatorial candidate who falls for Manhattan hotel maid and single parent Jennifer Lopez in the mistaken belief she's a socialite. Comic mishaps and schmaltzy soul-searching ensue, as Lopez tries to hide her humble roots and Fiennes doggedly pursues the opportunity for true love. It's join-the-dots entertainment at its most calculating - with Lopez and Fiennes unconvincing in their respective roles - but there's still enough warmth and high Hollywood gloss to give it wide appeal.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes. Senatorial candidate Christopher Marshall falls for Manhattan hotel maid Marisa Ventura after mistaking her for a socialite. Desperate to hide her humble roots, Marisa sets up an elaborate game of pretence.

Cast and crew


Marisa Ventura
Jennifer Lopez
Christopher Marshall
Ralph Fiennes
Caroline Lane
Natasha Richardson
Jerry Siegel
Stanley Tucci
Lionel Bloch
Bob Hoskins
Ty Ventura
Tyler Garcia Posey
Paula Burns
Frances Conroy
John Bextrum
Chris Eigeman
Stephanie Kehoe
Marissa Matrone
Rachel Hoffberg
Amy Sedaris
Veronica Ventura
Priscilla Lopez


Wayne Wang

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia TriStar
Some swearing, brief nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 7 Mar 2003
Certificate PG