Thanks to Roadshow Films for the chance to see ‘Second Act’ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!

Second Act stars Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini and Milo Ventimiglia. Jennifer Lopez is back making a film similar to the likes of “Maid in Manhattan”, “Monster in Law” and “The Wedding Planner”. If you’re are a fan of these predictable yet heart warming classics, then Second Act is perfect for you!

Jennifer Lopez plays Maya, a hard working, reliable store manager. She misses out on a well deserved promotion because she does not have a college degree. Maya’s friend, Joan, has a son who thinks he being helpful by creating her a fake academic transcript. Due to this fabulous resume Maya ends up being employed by a top cosmetics agency. Although this is her dream job, she is consumed with guilt by the deception – she didn’t really go to Harvard.

The film dips into the corny and cliché stereotypes seen in every romantic comedy. This is particularly evident in the unrealistic relationship struggles and over the top plot points. Not only does Maya get a job with the worlds nicest CEO, she also gets a two storey Manhattan apartment thrown in! If one is willing to look past these clichés, Second Act is an enjoyable film to watch.

Second Act has a fun, up beat tone, a catchy soundtrack and leaves viewers with an uplifting feeling. The film succeeds in showing positive female friendships onscreen. The friendship between Maya and her fellow employee Zoe, (Vanessa Hudgens) becomes the main focus of the film. Although both women are working on competitive projects, the film shows friendly competition in a positive way. This is a refreshing change from many female comedies, where cattiness between the women plays a big part in the film.

No matter what the project, Lopez always puts her all into every role. Lopez succeeds in playing the positive, hardworking underdog with the heart of gold. Although regurgitating the same role she’s played in her previous five films, one can look past this as she captures this character so well.

Second Act won’t win any Oscars but it examines issues of class in America and is an enjoyable film to watch. If you are looking for a fun night at the cinema and are willing to leave your scepticism at the door, Second Act is the film for you.

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