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Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act.
Comedy Romantic - This inspirational comedy is a big showcase for star Jennifer Lopez,
whose fans will certainly savor this; ditto those of prominent
supporting players Leah Remini and Vanessa Hudgens. Milo Ventimiglia
has a fairly small role. Language and
some crude humor make the film not for kids though some parents of
pre-teens may find this generally acceptable.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word; 16 S-words; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Comic grabs of buttocks and breasts. VIOLENCE: Birds fly into a truck. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Banter, wisecracks, physical gags, sometimes crude and suggestive.
Roger EbertFull Review Average Even the boundless charms of Jennifer Lopez cannot overcome a mess of a script in "Second Act,” a mishmash that has as much of an identity crisis as its name-switching, past-hiding, resume-inflating main character.
Slant MagazineFull Review Poor ...becomes increasingly muddled and needlessly complicated by subplots... ...one of the strangest and most misguided rom-coms of any year. ...Maya is a composite of conflicting qualities that never really gel beyond the most cursory of glances.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 35 moviegoers:
TEENS: Of the three females, two loved "Second Act" and one enjoyed it very much.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Three of the ladies loved it and two enjoyed "Second Act" very much.
ADULTS: Two males loved it, two enjoyed it very much and three rated it "good/average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). The female reviews are very good, but not quite great. Nearly half loved it, with another 40% rating it "above average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Only 15% rated it "good/average."
As Maya Vargas (JENNIFER LOPEZ) celebrates her 43rd birthday, she has one wish.
After 15 years at Value Shop, the past six as assistant manager, she's ready to
run the big
box store in Queens. Her resume doesn't scream upper management, but her track
record sure does.
She's an innovator who listens to customers, knows what they need and finds a
way to deliver.
But Value Shop hires "the right man for the job" - a man with an MBA - not
Maya. Maya's boyfriend Trey (MILO VENTIMIGLIA) and best friend Joan (LEAH
REMINI) try to boost her spirits, but Maya is frustrated as once again street
smarts doesn't equal
book smarts. Was her entire future determined when she was 16, or can she
herself in her 40's?