Maid in Manhattan

Maid in Manhattan

Wayne Wang (2002)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A chambermaid at an exclusive hotel daringly tries on a designer dress belonging to a guest - and is spotted by a wealthy politician, who mistakes her for a socialite and invites her on a date. However, the differences in their social backgrounds soon become apparent and threaten their budding romance. Comedy, starring Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson and Bob Hoskins.

Cast & 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
Director Wayne Wang
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Some swearing, brief nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 7 Mar 2003
Comedy Drama