Maid in Manhattan

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Synopsis:
Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) is a struggling single mom who works at a posh Manhattan hotel and dreams of a better life for her and her young son (Tyler Posey). One fateful day, hotel guest and senatorial candidate Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes) meets Marisa and mistakes her for a wealthy socialite. After an enchanting evening together, the two fall madly in love. But when Marisa's true identity is revealed, issues of class and social status threaten to separate them. Can two people from very different worlds overcome their differences and live happily ever after? From acclaimed director Wayne Wang (Anywhere But Here) and co-starring Natasha Richardson, Stanley Tucci and Bob Hoskins, MAID IN MANHATTAN is "Romantic! Funny! Uplifting!" (Neil Rosen, NY1).

Genre: Comedies
Director: Wayne Wang - Director/Screenwriter, CHAN IS MISSING (1982), SMOKE (1995)
Theatrical Release: 2002
Rated: PG-13 (MPAA)
Length: 105 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: Blu-ray Disc
Language: English

Synopsis:
Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) is a struggling single mom who works at a posh Manhattan hotel and dreams of a better life for her and her young son (Tyler Posey). One fateful day, hotel guest and senatorial candidate Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes) meets Marisa and mistakes her for a wealthy socialite. After an enchanting evening together, the two fall madly in love. But when Marisa's true identity is revealed, issues of class and social status threaten to separate them. Can two people from very different worlds overcome their differences and live happily ever after? From acclaimed director Wayne Wang (Anywhere But Here) and co-starring Natasha Richardson, Stanley Tucci and Bob Hoskins, MAID IN MANHATTAN is "Romantic! Funny! Uplifting!" (Neil Rosen, NY1).

Director Wayne Wang (THE JOY LUCK CLUB, SMOKE) updates the familiar Cinderella story in this charming romantic comedy. Jennifer Lopez stars as Marissa Ventura, a beautiful young woman who divides her time between her precocious son Ty (Tyler Posey) and her housekeeping duties at The Beresford, an upscale Manhattan hotel. When the boyish and affluent politician Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes) shares an amusing elevator ride with Ty, he subsequently meets Marissa. As luck would have it, Marissa is mischievously sporting an exotic Dolce & Gabbana gown belonging to another Beresford tenant, and is mistaken by Christopher as a guest of the hotel. The two undeniably hit it off, but Marissa is unable to reveal her working-class secret, afraid of losing her job. Christopher is completely smitten and makes numerous attempts to locate her, despite the comedic fact she is often right under his nose. While the film is always lighthearted and fun, it does not shy away from foregrounding race and class issues, devoting much screen time to Marissa's coworkers and their struggles to survive. As a rags-to-riches fairy tale, MAID IN MANHATTAN hits all the right notes.;

Language Usage   Original
Release Language   English
Color   Color
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   N
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   N
Letterboxed   N
Rating Reason   some language/sexual references
Bob Hoskins - British Actor
John Hughes - American Director/Writer/Producer
Natasha Richardson - British actress
Stanley Tucci - American Actor/Writer/Director
Ralph Fiennes - British actor, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, SCHINDLER'S LIST
Chris Eigeman - Actor/"Barcelona"
Wayne Wang - Director/Screenwriter, CHAN IS MISSING (1982), SMOKE (1995)
Alan Silvestri - Composer, VAN HELSING (2004)
Kevin Wade -
Karl Walter Lindenlaub - Director of Photography
Paul Schiff -
Charles J. Newirth - PRODUCER/EXECUTIVE
Deborah Schindler - Associate Producer
Tyler Posey - Actor, MAID IN MANHATTAN (2002)
Marisa Matrone - Actor, MAID IN MANHATTAN (2002)
Amy Sedaris - Star, MAID IN MANHATTAN (2002)
Elaine Goldsmith - Producer, MAID IN MANHATTAN (2002)
New York Times
12/13/2002
"...You would have to go back to Claudette Colbert or the young Lauren Bacall to find an actress capable of projecting so much erotic self-confidence in a single gaze..."
Variety
12/02/2002
"...Jennifer Lopez revels in the star role....Fiennes hasn't looked so relaxed onscreen since moments in THE ENGLISH PATIENT..."
Box Office
03/01/2003
"...Lopez shines....The heroine is written as a classic underdog...Lopez invests her with the extra dose of dignity and quiet determination that gives her substance..."

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