Maid in Manhattan

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Undeniably pleasing if not particularly memorable.
  • PG-13
  • 2002
  • 104 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


Non-explicit sexual situation.


Some vulgar language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is some crude humor (mostly from the wisecracking best friend) and brief strong language. Chris and Marisa have sex (off camera and no nudity). The movie does make it clear that stealing and lying are always wrong and have severe consequences.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNat_King_Cole March 23, 2019

One of the best Rom-Coms ever

Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes have amazing chemistry, the script is tight and funny, J-Lo looks absolutely stunning at that ball, when she tells him she only... Continue reading
Parent of a 12-year-old Written by[email protected] September 1, 2011

nice movie!

this movie i liked its a pretty good movie i have no complaints about it great movie mostly for girls!
Kid, 10 years old June 13, 2020
I think that this movie was ok. There was a little bit of bad language, and there was one scene with them in bed together. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had ho... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byTotally500 July 8, 2012

very good movie

this is a very good movie one of my fav movies from jlo

What's the story?

MAID IN MANHATTAN Cinderella in a hotel. Jennifer Lopez plays Marisa, a maid at a big luxury hotel in Manhattan. She has a darling son, an unreliable ex-husband, and a mother who tells her not to dream of more than she has. Cashmere-voiced Ralph Fiennes plays Chris, a Senate candidate who has no heart for the hypocrisy of the campaign. When Marisa's best friend urges her to try on a fabulously expensive designer pantsuit about to be returned by a hotel guest, Chris sees her in the suit. Thinking she is staying at the hotel instead of cleaning it up, he invites her out. After various complications, Marisa tells the truth and Chris has to decide whether she really is the person he thinks -- or wants to think -- she is.

Is it any good?

Maid in Manhattan is as careful a combination of satisfying ingredients as it is possible to package. Every aspect is a proven commodity designed to go to the heart of the core fantasies of a 13-year-old girl, and the end result is undeniably pleasing, if not particularly memorable. Marisa is an appealing heroine, beloved by her son and her co-workers, loyal, practical but optimistic. She dreams of being more but isn't anything as icky as ambitious or confident or focused. Chris, too, dreams of more but isn't craven, like his political advisor. Everything is at the fairy tale level, which means we never dwell on troubling realities like what, exactly, Chris hopes to achieve as a senator or how, exactly, Marisa gets a job after being fired for stealing. The best and worst you can say about the movie is that there are no surprises -- no bad ones, but no good ones, either.

Romantic comedies are so endlessly appealing both to those looking back on their own experience of falling in love and those looking forward to it that Hollywood keeps cranking them out. The elements seem so simple -- the plucky but vulnerable heroine, the wisecracking best friend, the handsome hero all but dumbstruck by the heroine's charm and beauty, the second act complication, and the happily-ever-after ending. Yet, like love itself, perhaps, it is a goal more often sought than obtained, and the key ingredient to make it work is impossible to define.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how -- and why -- Marisa's mother was an obstacle to pursuing her dreams. How is the end different from most movies of this kind? Why? How is this story like Cinderella and how is it different?

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