Maid To Order (1987)

AMY HOLDEN JONES

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5USA, 1987Screenplay by , , Cinematography by Produced by , Music by Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by , .

Beverly D’Angelo and Ally Sheedy in Maid To Order.

plays a spoiled heiress who hits up her rich father () for cash so often that he tries to cut her off, but this only inspires even brattier behavior from her and makes him wish that he never even had a daughter. Because this is eighties concept comedy, a star in the sky hears his wish and makes it magically come true, conveniently right before Sheedy comes home from partying all night and discovers out of nowhere that the staff in her former mansion do not know her, her father is a stranger and she owns nothing but the trendy, impractical clothes on her back. Her sassy fairy godmother (played by a delightful ) informs her that she is under a spell and needs to prove herself worthy of her life to get it back, and that getting a job would be a great way to start. Our heroine gets the only employment she can, working as a maid in the home of a show biz industry titan () and his idiosyncratic wife (), and is subjected to the same indignities that she once placed on others. At first appalled at what she has to do to get by, Sheedy eventually befriends her fellow staff members (including singer as the former singer and current cook) and finds romance with the sexy chauffeur () before realizing the error of her snotty former ways. It’s not a film that hits deep, but director Amy Holden Jones has enough understanding of her supporting cast’s appeal that she lets them shine, while bravely letting Sheedy’s character be truly vile and genuinely in need of her comeuppance. Having Clayton on board means a few too many musical numbers for what the story needs, but her performance is too wonderful to regret their existence.

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