Director: Peter Segal
Release Date: December 21st 2018
Jennifer Lopez lets us know that she can still act. At least good enough for a good ol’ classic over the top chick flick. Let me say something early, Second Act is not a good film. Not even a little bit. On the contrary it is a film that is enjoyable. It is just good enough to watch. Maybe not spend money on. But at least watch with your mom, girlfriend whoever.
Staring Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini, and Milo Ventimigilia there is a fair amount of Hollywood star power. Second Act clearly doesn’t lack big names. It lacks the ability to tell an interesting, compelling story. There is not much that happens that left me thinking “oh wow I have never seen that before.” As a whole Director Peter Segal missed on this one. Although Segal was the directer of 50 first dates AKA the best of the early 2000’s Adam Sandler movies. The charming story and humor in 50 first dates did not carry over. Frankly, if you weren’t a movie nerd you would have no idea that the dude who made this made 50 first dates.
Jennifer Lopez has made a career out of making subpar romantic comedies. So it comes to no surprise that Second Act was so bleh. The most interesting thing about the movie had nothing to do with the plot. Instead it had to do with my imagination. Taking place in NYC, and starring Leah Remini I couldn’t help but envision an alternate universe where Kevin James was the husband of her character. (As he was on King Of Queens) And would occasionally pop in wearing his UPS delivery fit. Now that would be quite a twist. Also, having J-lo it was so easy to throw Alex Rodriguez into the mix. Surely he was around. After all the movie took place in New York. Second Act was so forgetful these were the type of things popping in my head.
All joking aside Second Act does have its nice moments. There are a couple of scenes that the whole theater did crack up at. There are a few nice moments. And although the film altogether was like every other rom-com, there was a couple of different angles to it. There is a strong sense of empowering woman. A theme that we will see more of in the future. As for Second Act it does do a decent job getting the ball rolling on the topic. In the future I except there to be better films that attack the issues of woman in the workplace. As for now this will have to do.