By MICHELLE MARCHANTE
Directed by Wayne Wang, the sociopolitical commentary that can be found in the movie, “Maid in Manhattan,” is one that continues to successfully address our society’s current political mindframe during this 2016 presidential election.
During the initial meeting between Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes) a Republican Senator and Marisa Ventura’s (Jennifer Lopez) son Ty (Tyler Posey) in the hotel’s elevator, Christopher asks him if his mother is a Democrat or a Republican.
“Does it really matter?” Ty responds.
No, it doesn’t- in the larger scope of life- but during election season, what side of the political spectrum you belong to matters a great deal to people. Particularly during this election season, when people are actually losing friends due to their political beliefs.
According to a survey done by Monmouth University, 7% of voters have lost or ended friendships this year because of the presidential race.
Even though the survey reports that this 7% loss of friendships during election season is relatively normal, our society’s awareness to the loss of friendships or relationships because of political beliefs has become more prominent during this election.
This is because this political Romeo & Juliet feud has for some reason become a hot discussion topic and people are more willing to openly admit that they will or have ended a friendship or relationship because they’re not voting for the same candidate.
This blatant disregard for friendships and relationships, some which have probably existed for years- has no doubt been fueled by the passion and anger the Clinton and Trump campaigns have envoked in our society today.
If you look past the romantic-comedy storyline of the movie, you will see that “Maid in Manhattan” draws attention to the divide and stigma that occurs during political campaigns and while Marisa’s political registration is never revealed during the movie, the audience not only witnesses the different beliefs of Marisa and Christopher, but how even though some of their beliefs differ, they still fall in love.
Their separation in the movie is not caused by their different political stances, as is the case in our current society, but by the lies Marisa told. “Maid in Manhattan” shows that it’s not on what side of the political spectrum you should be on that matters but rather that at the end of the day, we are all Americans.
It shows that friendship and love are not defined by having equal views but rather by being truthful and accepting of one another, concepts and values that people seem to forget when fueled by our society’s political Montague’s and Capulet’s.
“Maid in Manhattan” is a powerful reminder for society, particularly during election season, that at the end of the day it’s just politics and politics are not something worth breaking a good relationship or friendship for.
Politics come and go, elections move with the seasons but the relationships and friendships you hold are capable of being steady, healthy and strong, as long as you let them.
Michelle Marchante is a guest contributor for The Buzz Insider and the Opinion Director at FIUSM. She is a writer, reader and filmmaking enthusiast. Currently, she is studying to get her degree in Broadcast Journalism and is also working on her second novel. Connect with her on Twitter @TweetMichelleM
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