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Second Act movie review: A wasted effort

Second Act review: There is a surprising, if improbable, twist here that could have added a zing to this predictable tale. Instead, in the equanimous world of Second Act, this is spectacularly wasted.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shalini Langer | New Delhi | Updated: January 11, 2019 11:38:43 am
second act movie review Second Act movie review: Jennifer Lopez stars in this predictable drama

Second Act movie cast: Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini, Treat Williams
Second Act movie director: Peter Segal
Second Act movie rating: 1.5 stars

Street smart vs book smart is the premise. In the movies, you can be sure which side will always win. Always. Even so, Jennifer Lopez can be a pleasure to watch, despite having herself done such roles before. But, not in Second Act.

Lopez is Maya, a driven assistant manager at a supermarket, who is denied a promotion despite the surge in sales under her as she doesn’t have the right education. The man who replaces her has a Duke MBA and, unsurprisingly, over-the-top ideas about running the place.

So the son of Maya’s friend (played by the ingratiating Remini) cooks up a fake resume for her, with all the right colleges (Wharton, Harvard) and all the right hobbies (Peace Corps, mountain climbing), and shoots it off to a cosmetics company looking for a production development consultant.

In Maya walks, despite the initial protests over all the lies, on her high heels — and out the film goes, as the incredulous just piles up.

While those stilettos are mind-boggling too, they don’t come close to what is happening with Maya, the firm’s owner and the owner’s ambitious daughter Zoe (a very haggard Hudgens).

There is a surprising, if improbable, twist here that could have added a zing to this predictable tale. Instead, in the equanimous world of Second Act, this is spectacularly wasted.

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