Maid to Order (1987)
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I love this movie! I like how this spoiled brat gets what she deserves, gets a taste of being treated like a nobody, and finally learns that life is about true friendship, family, and giving to others--not about being rich and "buying" friends. When I first watched it, I loved the comedy and the fun. Then, upon watching it again, it made me a better person. How? I was often jealous of rich and never-have-to-lift-a-finger people (like a doctor's daughter I know). After seeing this movie (and going beyond the "I wish that would happen to so-and-so" feelings), I finally realized how sad and lonely it would be for someone like that to have money (do they like me or my money) and to lose it (or constantly worry about losing it). Without the money, a person has to rely on social skills and everyday talents--things the main character (and some people we know) don't have. But finally realizing she has to do something to survive (and do it herself), this "Maid to Order" discovers the true riches of real friendship. We find a caring, generous person deep inside her ("I wish all your wishes come true"). Now that is what I call wealth. I'm trying hard to see that good person deep inside those who have no social skills. With all the money they have, they are still poor. Hopefully, they will learn their lessons before it is too late for them.
Eventually, Jessie learns her lesson, and the ending is formulaic but enjoyable. This is a movie that reminds all of us we should be nice to everyone, even the servants, and not be too proud to do the dirty jobs in life.
Ally Sheedy was good most of the time. She started out spoiled but still easy to like, and ended up sweet. The one problem I had with her performance was when she begged for her old life back. Somehow that just didn't seem right. Even though her character was supposed to be a whiner, she just seemed too whiny. Overall, the good outweighed the bad by a large margin.
Most of the other acting performances were really good. I especially liked Theodore Wilson as Charles' servant, maybe because I've seen him in so many roles going back to his days as the mailman on "That's My Mama". And Tom Skerritt is always good.
This was a pleasant movie with lessons to teach us, even though the theme has been repeated many times.
Maid to Order has first-rate production values and a wonderful cast, not the least of whom is the late Dick Shawn, in an over-the-top role of a Hollywood record mogul married to Valerie Perrine. They stand out as not exactly your average married couple. Then again, they may BE average for Malibu.
The leads -- Ally Sheed and Michael Ontkean -- are charming and have a lot of chemistry together. The rest of the cast is equally good. It's not meant to be taken seriously and is perfect for a rainy afternoon.
It's an interesting switch on the Cinderella story. I was in love with Ally Sheedy from 'The Breakfast Club' back in the day. This is one of the last starring roles before her stardom faded. She never really found her sweet spot but she continued to work. There are no big laughs in this movie but it is kind of cute. Sheedy is perfect for this role. She still has rooting interest despite being a complete brat.
Ally Sheedy and the supporting cast are what sell this movie. The story is nothing too original or special, but they make you care about what happens. The only nitpick I'd have is that Maria, one of the other maids in the movie, gets the raw end of the wishing in this movie. Everyone else ends with either their money back, or the prospects of making a ton of money. All Maria gets is a clean kitchen.
That pretty much sums up the story behind 1987's 'Maid to Order'. Jessie Montgomery is a 20-something spoiled rich girl, the only child of her widowed father (Tom Skerritt). Jessie is an irresponsible brat who lands herself in jail one night for reckless driving and drug possession, and her frustrated father wishes on a star that he had never had a daughter (which, in retrospect, seems pretty harsh). Somewhere, someone of great power is listening, and his wish is granted. Jessie wakes up the next morning to find her record has been wiped clean. Unfortunately, so has her life.
Jessie is recognized by nobody; not even her own father. Her only companions now is a filthy party dress and a lady (Beverly D'Angelo) who calls herself Jessie's fairy godmother- she's actually the "witch" who granted Jessie's father's wish. Jessie is forced to take a job as a maid for a high-profile Beverly Hills music promoter and his wife (the late Dick Shawn and Valerie Perrine) and has to learn to love and respect people, as well as herself, all over again.
I love Ally Sheedy in this role. She plays the part of the wealthy b*tch very well. You cannot help but feel sorry for her poor, soft-spoken father. But the real stars are the goofy Starkys, the rich and cheesy family Jessie works for.
We love you Ally AND "Maid to Order"!
Jessie's fairy godmother (Beverly D'Angelo) appears, erases Jessie's criminal record, taking her out of the police station and tells Jessie that her past has also been erased. Now she's on her own. Her friends don't know her any more. Her father doesn't know her any more. After wandering on streets for days, she has to get a job. One thing she would have never done in the past.
Working as a maid at a trendy house in Beverly Hills, Jessie learns how to do housework and how to treat people in a better way. Finally, she becomes unselfish and compassionate.
Overall, it's pleasant to watch this movie.
I'd say it held up just fine. The reason I enjoy this and similar shows is there's nothing bad happening. I'm uninterested in watching people torn apart or otherwise destroyed, cities laid waste to and the other disasters we're subject to now that CGI has reached a high state of excellence.
This is a terrific ensemble rather shakily directed with a few odd choices in plot details such as the choice of the comeback song performed at the charity event. Still, the whole thing goes down easily.
I've seen it compared to Tootsie and no, it's not anything of that caliber if you care about movie quality. That doesn't decrease how much I enjoy this show. Not every thing needs to be serious and this isn't.
She is just this klutz who way too quickly turns over a new leaf and wraps it up in a bow. The clichéd ending is so lame too. Makes you wonder if they simply phoned the script in. The supporting actors also seem to sleepwalk through their lines. Such a waste of talent too as some well known comedic talent must have been desperate.
Lightweight, mostly good natured coming of age fantasy fluff. Ally Sheedy, a fine actress who never got the recognition she deserved (though even she couldn't pull off some of those bad haircuts), plays her part well. Even as the spoiled rich bitch early on, you could tell that even she wasn't entirely happy with her life and you could see throughout the film that it genuinely hurt her to have her father not know her. The rest of the cast works well and the overall result is a pleasant time filler. The ever sexy Beverly D'Angelo is quite funny as the fairy godmother.
"Maid to Order" is one of the most delightful fantasies ever made. This Cinderella in reversed fairy tale is a great lesson of life and presents a great moral in the end, as usual in movies from Disney Studios. Aly Sheedy is perfect for this role; Michael Ontkean has a perfect chemistry with her; the whole cast has a wonderful job; but the unknown Merry Clayton "steals the show in most of the scenes" in the role of a singer. This film is underrated not only in IMDb, maybe with the viewers influenced by the professional critics, who seems that do not like this type of movie. However it is highly recommended as a great family entertainment. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Cinderela às Avesso" ("Cinderela in Reverse")
Note: On 24 March 2016, I saw this film again.