What if a hotel maid, trying on an outfit owned by a wealthy hotel guest, is mistaken for that guest by a well-known local politician, who then falls in love with her? It's a good idea, but it's poorly executed in this updated Cinderella story, which is a star vehicle for Jennifer Lopez, and not much more.
Ralph Fiennes, playing the assemblyman who falls for Lopez, is an excellent character actor, but he appears uncomfortable as a lead in a romantic comedy. There is absolutely no chemistry between Lopez and Fiennes, and their gratuitous love scene does nothing to create a bond between the two, or propel the action forward. Fiennes exhibits none of power and presence he displayed in The English Patient and The End of the Affair. Almost totally derivative, Maid in Manhattan manages to steal the shopping scene from Pretty Woman, and the ending from both Notting Hill and Sleepless in Seattle.
Labels: comedy, drama, romance
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