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Maid in Manhattan
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Oct 6, 2004 By: Indiana Sev
Maid in Manhattan order
Director:
Wayne Wang

Actors:
Jennifer Lopez
Ralph Fiennes
Natasha Richardson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A single mom (Lopez) and maid at a posh Manhattan hotel tries on an expensive dress and gets mistaken by a senatorial candidate (Mr. Fiennes) as a high class lady. They fall for each other instantly, but should the truth get out about her true position in life, things could get rather sticky for the lovebirds. Of course it could....were still living in the Middle Ages, right? Gimme a break!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This idiocy is a slap in the face to any moviegoer who expects even the slightest bit of originality, feeling, comedy or intelligence from their movies. Nobody (cast or crew) escapes from this movie unscathed. Lets start with the director Wayne Wang who directed the great movie SMOKE. This poor guy probably had a gun to his head just to make sure that he removed every bit of wit, style and believability of character from this supposed romantic comedy. Next we have three great, not good, British actors Bobby Hoskins, Ralph (Rafe) Fiennes and Natasha Richardson proving, without a doubt, that precise and thorough Shakespearian training is of no use when it comes to the judging of good film scripts. Im a huge fan of this trio, so I wont rip into them too much but from the bottom of my heart...I hope they did it for the cash! (Hoskins looks like he mightve done all his scenes in a quick 2 days...nice...the perfect crime). Stanley Tucci, who is known for being brilliant in intelligent comedies (BIG NIGHT) isnt even lucky enough to have his character be one-dimensional as he clichs his way through trying to separate true love from the two leads. Finally, we have the charm-less Jennifer Lopez cashing yet another paycheck in her third generic stinker in a row (preceded by ENOUGH and THE WEDDING PLANNER). Nice...the hat trick!

The real title of this dumb movie should have been Clichd in Manhattan. You want clichs, you got em, from uncaring divorced dads to people interrupting one another just as theyre about to reveal something important, this movie spares no expense in providing a wholly unoriginal, packaged romantic comedy (I swear on Gods Holy bible that I didnt smile once through this entire picture) to what it suspects is a lobotomized zombie audience who will flock like sheep to anything starring that Jenny from the block. I have absolutely nothing positive to say about this idiotic and insulting picture.* Its not funny or smart and its got as much romance as Lopezs first couple of marriages. They even taint Paul Simons great Me and Julio down by the Schoolyard by playing it over the opening credits. Anybody who loves movies....no, scratch that...anybody who has ever seen even one good movie in their lifetime should steer completely away from this mockery. Shame on everyone who had anything to do with this project. Im done. Ive wasted enough time on this nonsense.

*Pssst, my half star rating is due to a good cover of Simon and Garfunkels Kathys Song in the movie.
THE EXTRAS
No extras except for a few trailers. Its too bad because I really wanted Wayne Wang to let us know what he thinks he might've done in his past lives to be given the horrible fate of directing MAID IN MANHATTAN in this one.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Im a huge movie fan and I can honestly say that Ive never been so completely let down and discouraged in the Hollywood movie-making process as I was after viewing this disaster. I strongly discourage anyone from renting and especially buying this waste of time camouflaged as a movie. Rent a classic black & white movie, spend time with your loved ones or make a pizza instead. Thanks.
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