Maid In Manhattan
her mission to become the greatest multi-talented hyphenate
in show business (she's an actress-singer-model-designer-perfumier-professional
talk show guest-tabloid fodder-bride!), Jennifer Lopez better
not forget her day job. It's no real surprise that she
has never made a good album, but a forgiving world seems
willing to overlook that fact. But her true talent, as
an actress, is being lost in the shuffle.
Even though she works
constantly, doing two or three films annually, Lopez hasn't made a good movie in years,
and more importantly in Hollywood, she hasn't had a
She seems to have gotten stuck into two J.Lo staple
storylines -- she's always either doing fuzzy romantic comedies
playing a beautiful, sassy, hard-bitten woman but with an essentially hopeful
nature who charms handsome rich men or dark thrillers where
she plays a beautiful, sassy, hard-bitten cynical woman who
fights off psychotic men.
going to change that track record, in fact it fits squarely
in the first category. But in fairness, in it's
own lighter-than-air way it is amusing. The bad pun in
the title should give you an idea of the level of humor in
Kevin Wade's screenplay (based on a story by John Hughes.).
But, if you're willing to shut off your mind and give into
the film's Cinderella fantasy storyline of a New York chambermaid who bedazzles a WASP politico who is under the
impression she is a guest, not an employee, of the hotel.
This leads to wacky scenes where Lopez tries to balance the
charm and class of snooty political fundraisers,
all the while the keeping it
real with the feisty housekeeping staff
who are trying to live vicariously through her. It's
all staggeringly predictable, and honestly not always all
that well done. Frankly, Lopez and Fiennes really
don't have too much chemistry together, though they are both
just fine on their own. A game and very able cast bites into the
roles like it's Shakespeare. Maid In
Manhattan is a cute
enough romantic comedy, and that's all it tries to be.
But if Lopez wants to be working in ten years, she'd better
start reaching higher than that.