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Jessie Montgomery (Ally Sheedy) is rich and bored. The Beverly Hills raised daughter of a widower (Tom Skerritt) has become a spoiled brat. Her father wishes he never had a daughter. Unknown to all, his wish is granted by fairy god-mother Stella (Beverly D'Angelo). Stella transforms Jessie into a homeless penniless outsider, who is forced to work as a maid for wealthy social climbers Stan and Georgette Starkey (Dick Shawn and Valerie Perrine) and their daughter Brie (Rainbow Phoenix). Jessie learns the hard way to coexist with the Starkey's staff, Cook (Merry Clayton), maid (Begona Plaza) and handsome young chauffeur (Michael Ontkean). What begins as a cruel nightmare unfolds into a fairy-tale lesson about the meaning of true friendship and love.

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  • Actors: Ally Sheedy, Beverly D'Angelo, Michael Ontkean, Valerie Perrine, Dick Shawn
  • Directors: Amy Holden Jones
  • Writers: Amy Holden Jones, Perry Howze, Randy Howze
  • Producers: Charles Skouras III, Herb Jaffe, Holly Goldberg Sloan, Mort Engelberg
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: June 18, 2002
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065U1E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Maid to Order" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By bookloversfriend on February 1, 2005
Format: DVD
It took 18 years before luck brought me to this movie. The title and the cover art suggest a silly TV-style slapstick mixed bag. The movie is nothing of the sort. It has funny moments, but basicly it is a heartfelt story of growing up and what it means to grow up, of forming caring relationships with friends, lovers and relatives. The mechanism used is to force a privileged person to experience what it is like to live as the "other half" lives. The pacing is perfect, there is not a false step anywhere, and there could have been so many. And it is supported by some of the best music of Georges Delerue. See if with your kids if you have any, but see it for yourself. It will make your day, or your week.

If you want to see this movie for the acting or because you're a fan of this person or that, fine. I didn't know any of these actors, nor did I care. The play's the thing, and this one is great. And by the way, the picture quality on my DVD was fine.

Another footnote: There's nothing wrong with slapstick per se. There's good slapstick and bad, but there isn't any slapstick in this movie. If that's what you're looking for, look elsewhere. Don't attack this movie because it isn't a different type of movie. And don't insult other people because they point out that this isn't that type of movie.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of the greatest movies ever made in the 80's. It is so funny. Ally Sheedy is great as the spoiled Jessie Montgomery who goes from riches to rags and Beverly D'Angelo is excellant as fairy godmother Stella whom Jessie calls a 'major whacko!' (It's so 80's!) The best part would have to be when Merry Clayton (who plays the maid Audrey) belts out a 'lovely little ballad' called 'I can Still Shine!' That song is so good but I can't find it anywhere. Valerie Perrine and Dick Shawn are also good as Jessie's employers Mr. and Mrs. Starkey (Mrs. Starkey kind of reminds me of my yearbook advisor) but that's ok! Great movie! A must-see!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 9, 2005
Format: DVD
"Maid to Order" is a rarity in Hollywood; a low-budget film based on a classic story that ends up being funny, clever and heart-warming. Admittedly there are moments when Ally Sheedy's poor little rich girl act is a bit over-the-top, but when she is being other than a stereotype she is believable and sympathetic.

Jessie Montgomery (Sheedy) is the daughter of a wealthy Charles Montgomery (Tom Skerritt). Tom's role in this movie is relatively small, and nearly unimportant as he mainly tries (and fails) to figure out how to deal with his relatively uncontrollable daughter and is later studiously aloof when fairy godmother Stella Winston (Beverly D'Angelo) changes things as though Jessie had never been born. Tom is important from the plot of the movie, however, as Stella was actually sent to help Charles Montgomery, at least, so Stella says.

Jessie comes home one morning after a late night party to discover that her father and the household staff do not know her. Jessie escapes the house, looking ever more bedraggled. She tries to buy candy from a machine, only to have her money taken. Finally, she decides to look for (gasp!) a job. She happens to walk into an employment agency just as a status-seeking couple Stan and Georgette Starkey (Dick Shawn and Valerie Perrine) are seeking a white maid (who would have guessed that one?).

Things have hit a low for Jessie as the Starkeys and their own spoiled daughter Brie Starkey (Rainbow Phoenix) turn out to be a pain for the hired help, micromanaging, money-grubbing, and more about image than substance. The obvious irony being that Jessie now gets to see what life is like on the working class side of the fence, albeit a stereotypical view.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joanne A. Garland on January 14, 2005
Format: DVD
I bought this movie solely because I'm a big fan of Ally Sheedy. But that is not necessary in order to enjoy this picture. It has all the essential ingredients for a good movie: a well-developed storyline, well established characters, scenes that will make you laugh and cry, and very capable acting to boot. Maid to Order actually has much in common with Arthur 2: On the Rocks. (see my review) Fans of that movie certainly should enjoy this one as well. Maid to Order, like Arthur 2, is essentially about a character, played in this case by Ally Sheedy, who goes from riches to rags to riches. Jessie (Ally) is just a young woman with too much of her father's money to spend and too much time to do it with. She simply needs to grow up. A fairy godmother (Beverly D'Angelo) grants her father's (Tom Skerritt) wish when he regrets even having a daughter. She's left homeless and without a past. She is forced to take a job as a maid, working for a flamboyant couple (Dick Shawn and Valerie Perrine) whom her father knows. The going is rough in the beginning, but she soon learns how to become friends with the rest of the hired help. This movie essentially belongs to Ally Sheedy (rarely is she not in a scene), but the supporting cast all have their shining moments as well. One of the classical lines comes from Stan (Dick Shawn) who tells Georgette (Valerie Perrine), "I don't deserve to touch your toenails. Although it was the highlight of my breakfast." All turns out happily for everyone in this movie. And Jessie is finally recognised by her father, who welcomes her back with open arms. Some movies can't be judged by box office receipts, and this is one of them.
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you're the jerk here. It's a cute movie, but it's not Gone with the Wind. You shouldn't be calling people names for asking a reasonable question!!
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