Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Review: Maid in Manhattan
Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes
Length: 105 min.
IMDB Summary: A senatorial candidate falls for a hotel maid, thinking she is a socialite when he sees her trying on a wealthy woman's dress.
The premise of this film is too good to be true. Perhaps this accounts for the bland acting, predictable storyline, cheesy music and maudlin atmosphere of Maid in Manhattan. Though certainly an improvement from The Wedding Planner, one giant leap for J-Lo may be only one small step for the romcom industry. The female lead, a hardworking single mom--and yes, a Puerto Rican--relies on tasteless acting to show her heart-of-gold, making for an incredibly boring romance with the male lead. Despite Fiennes' renowned ability to act--as demonstrated in Schindler's List and Quiz Show--his performance in Maid in Manhattan seems one-dimensional and stunted in its growth. Part of this is due to the hardly Hollywood-proficient script and the lack of plot points that actually grab viewers' attention. Although a cute--very likely too cute--romcom for girls' movie night, Maid in Manhattan bites the dust with lifeless acting, plot and script.
Some language and crude humor
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