REVIEW: Second Act coasts on Jennifer Lopez’s charm

Jennifer Lopez hits the big screen for the first time in three years with romantic comedy Second Act, a second-rate film that benefits from her first-rate performance.

Her audacious charm and Jenny From The Block attitude are back, and Lopez doesn’t skip a beat as a grocery store manager who can’t progress in her career due to a lack of education.

But when a friend’s son ‘creates’ her a Facebook, LinkedIn and resume that aren’t her own, she lands a dream job with a makeup company. She brings her street smarts to an environment that’d never have her if they knew she never got a degree.

It may be a hokey, predictable script, but Lopez is absolutely refreshing as Maya, and she’s been sorely missed in the rom-com game. She’s joined by Vanessa Hudgens and Leah Remini, a laugh-a-minute performer as best friend Joan.

Add a bit of handsome with This Is Us patriarch Milo Ventimiglia, and a truly hilarious supporting turn from Judd Apatow regular Charlyne Yi, and Lopez delivers an entertaining, if not surprising, comeback feature.

2.5/5 Stars


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