Despite their fantastical qualities, fairy tales can often teach the reader about the basics of life.
In Maid In Manhattan (2002), Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) is a single mother who works as a maid in a swanky hotel in Manhattan. On a whim, she tries on the clothing of wealthy socialite Caroline Lane (the late Natasha Richardson). Political candidate and eligible bachelor Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes) enter’s Caroline’s hotel room thinking that he has met Caroline. Whom he has really met is Marisa. There is a connection between Christopher and Marisa, but it maybe severed when the real Caroline steps forward and Marisa is outed as the maid. Will there be a fairy tale happy ending or are Christopher and Marisa destined to go their separate ways?
I normally do not like fairy tales, especially Cinderella. Most of the time, the characters are cookie cutter and the plot is predictable from a mile away. But, for some reason I like this Cinderella, even with the standard characters and plot. The elements of race, class and money elevate the plot to another level. Is the ending predictable? Of course, it is a fairy tale with the traditional Hollywood happy ending. But it could be a whole lot worse.
Do I recommend it? Why not?