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Maid to Order (1987)

PG | | Fantasy, Comedy | 31 July 1987 (USA)
Spoiled Jessie Montgomery, whose wild behavior and spending excesses cause her well-meaning but exasperated millionaire father Charles to wish he never had her, is visited by fairy ... See full summary »

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Jessie Montgomery
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Stella Winston
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Nick McGuire
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Georgette Starkey
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Stan Starkey
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Charles Montgomery
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Audrey James
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Maria (as Begoña Plaza)
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Brie Starkey (as Rainbow Phoenix)
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Dude
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Woodrow (as Theodore Wilson)
Perla Walter ...
Trini
Rita Gomez ...
Juanita
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Bret
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Kim

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Spoiled Jessie Montgomery, whose wild behavior and spending excesses cause her well-meaning but exasperated millionaire father Charles to wish he never had her, is visited by fairy godmother Stella. In an effort to save Jessie, Stella casts a spell which causes Charles to no longer have a daughter. Jessie, now penniless and without a friend, must take a maid's job to earn a living, and hopefully to learn her lesson... Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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Fantasy | Comedy

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31 July 1987 (USA)  »

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A Vida e o Amor  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,868,521 (USA)
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Ally Sheedy had high hopes for the film, but knew she was in trouble after a pre-release screening at the Director's Guild in Los Angeles left the audience disenchanted. Sheedy took her mother to the event, who told Ally mid-movie, "You're better than the script." See more »

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In the beginning after she's gotten out of prison, she's in the street talking to the godmother and in one glimpse of her she has these long blueish earrings on and the next shot of her she doesn't and then the next she does and so on and so forth. See more »

Quotes

Charles Montgomery: [after discovering her receipt] ... $908 for a one-night bar tab?
Jessie Montgomery: I can explain.
Charles Montgomery: ...All right, go ahead.
Jessie Montgomery: Daddy, there were these homeless people - a dozen of them - I took them dancing, and...
Charles Montgomery: [shakes his head, clearly not believing a word] Why me...? I thought, if I gave you everything you wanted, it might make up for your mother's death... I succeeded only in spoiling you, like a month-old yeast.
Jessie Montgomery: Daddy - Is it true Aunt Mildred's a lesbian?
Charles Montgomery: [lets out a deep breath] You are *completely* lacking ...
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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976-Self Service
Music by Ralph Jones and Claudette Raiche
Produced and Engineered by Ralph Jones
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no big laughs but kind of cute
7 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

Jessie Montgomery (Ally Sheedy) is a spoiled troublesome bored rich L.A. kid. After a drug arrest, her exasperated widow father Charles (Tom Skerritt) makes a wish that he never had a daughter. Her fairy godmother Stella (Beverly D'Angelo) comes to take Jessie out of jail but tells her that she is no longer Charles' daughter. She is penniless and without any connections. Stella tells her to straighten up and get a job. She stumbles into an employment agency which just happens to be looking for a white maid. She's working for the crass Starkeys (Valerie Perrine, Dick Shawn). Nick McGuire (Michael Ontkean) is the chauffeur pretending to be a mechanic who's trying to get talent agent Starkey to listen to his tape.

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.


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