Maid in Manhattan

December 13th, 2002


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A senatorial candidate falls for a hotel maid, thinking she is a socialite when he sees her trying on a wealthy woman's dress.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 4.7/10 (37,986 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Wayne Wang

Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson

Marisa Ventura is a single mother born and bred in the boroughs of New York City, who works as a maid in a first-class Manhattan hotel. By a twist of fate and mistaken identity, Marisa meets Christopher Marshall, a handsome heir to a political dynasty, who believes that she is a guest at the hotel. Fate steps in and throws the unlikely pair together for one night. When Marisa's true identity is revealed, the two find that they are worlds apart, even though the distance separating them is just a subway ride between Manhattan and the Bronx.

Writers: John Hughes, Kevin Wade

Jennifer Lopez - Marisa Ventura
Ralph Fiennes - Christopher Marshall
Natasha Richardson - Caroline Lane
Stanley Tucci - Jerry Siegel
Tyler Posey - Ty Ventura (as Tyler Garcia Posey)
Frances Conroy - Paula Burns
Chris Eigeman - John Bextrum
Amy Sedaris - Rachel Hoffberg
Marissa Matrone - Stephanie Kehoe
Priscilla Lopez - Veronica Ventura
Bob Hoskins - Lionel Bloch
Lisa Roberts Gillan - Cora
Maddie Corman - Leezette
Sharon Wilkins - Clarice
Jayne Houdyshell - Carmen

Taglines: This Christmas ... love checks in.


Official Website: Official site [Germany] | Official web site for the movie Maid in Manhattan |

Release Date: 13 December 2002

Filming Locations: Bronx Community College - University Avenue at West 181 Street, Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $55,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $18,711,407 (USA) (15 December 2002) (2838 Screens)

Gross: $93,815,117 (USA) (30 March 2003)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In the Spanish dubbed version, Bob Hoskins character has the same dub-player as Anthony Hopkins in The Remains of the Day. Both are butler characters.

Continuity: When Marisa and Christopher go to the park to walk Christopher's dog, they almost walk off without her son... but also end up completely leaving the dog behind. The dog inexplicably disappears for the rest of the scene before reappearing in the hotel later.

[first lines]
Marisa: Come on. Get your coat. We gotta go. You have everything?
Ty: Yeah.
Marisa: Hurry up, sweetie. We're late. Ty. Today papí. You're killing me, Ty. Right now you're killing mommy.

User Review

Don't waste your time - watch "Sabrina" once again instead!

Rating: 2/10

The story? Cliché, cliché, cliché, the umpteenth remake of Cinderella with not a single interesting addition. The script? Formula (and lame at that). The cast? Jennifer Lopez's turn as Cinderella/Sabrina proves she does not remotely belong to "rags-to-Princess" roles; she is galaxies away from Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly (or even "Pretty Woman" Julia Roberts), no matter how expensive the jewelry or costumes she wears. Ralph Fiennes seems to be on an O.D. of Prozac, with a perennial foolish smile on his face, wishing he were Cary (or even Hugh!) Grant -- shame to see a talented actor in such a puffy role. Natasha Richardson is wasted in the obligatory dumb blonde part, Stanley Tucci hams it up irritatingly, Bob Hoskins knows and shows his role is an embarrassment. On a less negative note, kid Tyler Posey is a real charmer, and manages to survive his "cutie" part. The direction? Well, no doubt Wayne Wang is a professional and I hope he was paid a LOT of money to lend his prestigious name to this fluffy cake - I only wish the word "professionalism" were taken more seriously, as in "professional integrity"...Where is the Wayne Wang that directed the surrealistic "Life is Cheap...But Toilet Paper is Expensive" and the cool "Smoke"?

Sit through this only if you are in a hypoglycemic fit; otherwise watch "Sabrina" once again and marvel at real star power, witty dialog and charm to spare!