Maid in Manhattan

Published October 24, 2020

Maid in Manhattan

Film info

  • Title Maid in Manhattan
  • Director Wayne Wang
  • Year 2002
  • Run time 1hr 45m
  • Genres Romance, Drama, Comedy
  • Tagline This Christmas... love checks in

Marisa Ventura is a struggling single mom who works at a posh Manhattan hotel and dreams of a better life for her and her young son. One fateful day, hotel guest and senatorial candidate Christopher Marshall 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?

Live blog

Time Comment
2:58 Do need to listen to stuff 24 hours a day, she’s wrong about that.
8:47 It’s not very encouraging for the boss to say ‘anything is possible.’
12:28 The younger Ralph Feinnes looks quite a lot like Bradley Cooper.
15:35 I don’t think I want people unpacking for me, no matter how rich I get.
19:07 “I’m not saying a word.” “Can you not say a word somewhere else?”
27:23 “Do I look as stupid as you think I am?” I don’t think there’s a good way to answer that.
32:13 Love when there’s a bit of French I can try and translate. I’m terrible at it, but it’s fun.
37:24 That is a really nice coat. Not worth 5 grand.
47:34 I mean, it’s not necessarily the best thing but she doesn’t have to accept it.
49:35 “You do one spontaneous thing your whole life, you think you’re going to hell.”
53:15 Why did she put the clothes back in the closet? Better not to be in the locker, sure, but they were going back to the shop?
55:41 He bought a penguin for the kid! Adorable!
1:03:32 “How would you know?” Because she’s JENNY FROM THE BLOCK.
1:08:18 Shopping montage.
1:15:34 “Can you keep a secret? Good, so can I.”
1:27:48 Haven’t heart Norah Jones for ages.
1:37:19 The paperclip thing is adorable.


This was far too stressful for a rom-com. The lies and pretence, the high stakes of getting caught, and getting that white coat dirty! I love Jennifer Lopez, and I quite like that she can have chemistry with anyone, but I don’t really buy them as a couple which doesn’t help the whole point of the film.

I did like that Bob Hoskins had a relatively small part that made quite a big impact, but ultimately I couldn’t get past the vast array of bad decisions that were made by almost everyone involved. It came to a happy conclusion but more by luck than judgment!

Rating: 3 / 5

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