Ventura (Jennifer Lopez Enough, Selena) is a workaday hotel maid
who raises her young son all by herself, until one day, when trying on a hotel
customer's clothes, is discovered by a handsome senator named Chris Marshall
(Ralph Fiennes Schindler's List, The English Patient) and mistaken
for another woman. Now, she must hide her true identity and prevent from being
fired from her job while falling in love with him.
It's hard to resist the light-hearted nature served to
the audience in this film; the story is covered in cliché plot devices, but it's
all so charming that the audience will soon disregard it and want to see what
happens to the characters. Jennifer Lopez gives a run of the mill performance
as a workaday single mom, and sort of goes all out when it comes to looking
plain, and rarely ever sports make-up in the film. She's believable when it
comes to acting ordinary though tends to ham it up in the emotional scenes.
She's a very likable character who much of the female audience will root for.
Ralph Fiennes is very energetic and likeable in this film as the soon-to-be
senator, and instantly becomes magnetic as he tends to react to the Ventura
characters son Ty who is also very adorable, especially in the elevator scene
where Fiennes manages to bring some true sentimentality and warmth to his role.
Though, hardly emphasized on, Fiennes manages to save this character as he gives
some great chemistry with Lopez throughout the film.
films of this nature, it's very hard to create something truly original and
unique, and as hard as it is for filmmakers to, writer Kevin Wayne tries his
hardest and manages to fail on all accounts. The film is nothing new and
completely predictable bringing about the usual cookie cutter romantic comedy
material you'd expect from Meg Ryan or Julia Roberts. There's the single poor
ethnic mother who falls in love with a rich aristocrat and there's the usual
obstacles that get in their way. There's the snobby boss, the rich socialite who
discovers her identity, and friends who urge her not overstep her boundaries yet
seem to go all out and help her in her pursuit in Marshall's love. There's every
cliché you've seen in a past movie in this, and every bit of the material is
contrived. Writer Wayne even holds logic in the air to bring the usual cutesy
happy story devices to the crowd as character Marisa skillfully dodges
Marshall's eye throughout a twenty minute long scene that's interesting in the
beginning and then just becomes ridiculous.
Everyone in the movie is too understanding to help
Marisa, including a jewelry store who lends the Lopez character a diamond
necklace without charge. Aren't there security cameras, lists, and merchandising
books that keep track of missing jewelry? The story is teeming in predictability
and trite values that it almost seems as if we're watching a movie intended for
a family channel. Every character is understanding and turns an eye at the
romance with Marshall and Ventura, including a security man who watches over the
hotel's security cameras and manages to hide her clothes swapping ploy, even
when there happens to be four other men watching the cameras with him, and the
supervisor (Bob Hoskins) for the Ventura character witnesses her obvious dodging
from Marshall, yet never talks nor complains about it throughout the film. The
dialogue is obvious and incredibly hokey to the point where eye rolling almost
becomes a sport. There are many actors in the film who are horribly wasted,
including Stanley Tucci and Bob Hoskins who barely have parts to gloat about in
this, and look bored with their roles. The climax is exactly how I guessed
including the dramatic final kiss, and the obligatory photo montage assuring the
viewing audience that there's a happy ending. Next movie, please!
of charming modern take on "My Fair Lady" that is corny, hokey, cheesy, but very
engrossing that most couples will react to.