BIG Reviews: Made to Measure Role for Lopez; Maid in Manhattan: Rom-Com, Cert PG, 105mins Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Tyler Garcia Posey, Natasha Richardson, Bob Hoskins, Stanley Tucci, Marissa Matrone

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BIG Reviews: Made to Measure Role for Lopez; Maid in Manhattan: Rom-Com, Cert PG, 105mins Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Ralph Fiennes, Tyler Garcia Posey, Natasha Richardson, Bob Hoskins, Stanley Tucci, Marissa Matrone


AS at least one American President has learned to his cost, politics and beautiful women are unhappy bedfellows.

It's certainly true of Maid In Manhattan, a light and frothy romantic comedy about an aspiring US senator who hits the campaign trail and promptly falls in love with a girl from the wrong side of the tracks.

Marisa Ventura (Lopez) is a feisty single mother struggling to raise her young son Ty (Posey) in the Bronx. She pays the rent by working as a maid at one of Manhattan's swankiest five star hotels, where she is a valued employee - popular with the staff and head butler Lionel (Hoskins), and ear-marked for promotion to Head of Housekeeping.

During a moment's weakness with her fellow maids, Marisa tries on a 2,000 dollar Chanel trouser suit owned by a snooty VIP (Richardson) and is caught in the act by Republican candidate Chris Marshall (Fiennes), who takes the beautiful young woman to be a guest.

Sparks of attraction fly and Chris invites Marisa out for a walk in Central Park, where the two are photographed by the paparazzi, desperate for any crumbs of gossip on the Republican golden boy.

Thankfully, Marisa's face is obscured in the newspaper articles that follow, so her deception goes by unnoticed - apart from having to hide every time Chris walks round the hotel, in case he sees her in her maid's outfit. …

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