Second Act (2018)



Critic Consensus: Second Act proves Jennifer Lopez remains as magnetic as ever on the big screen; unfortunately, the movie's muddled story isn't always worthy of her gifts.

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Second Act is a comedy in the vein of Working Girl and Maid In Manhattan. Jennifer Lopez stars as 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.


Treat Williams
as Anderson Clarke
Natasha Romanova
as Researcher
Dave Foley
as Felix Herman
Larry Miller
as Weiskopf
Candace Smith
as F&C Shopper
Kelly P. Williams
as F&C Employee
Maria Conte Di Angelis
as Xmas Party Guest
Anna Suzuki
as Alicia Zhou
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Critic Reviews for Second Act

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (21)

The film feels as finely tailored to J. Lo as the booty-enhancing pencil skirts she wears throughout the movie: Second Act's Maya from Queens is our Jenny from the Block.

December 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

So much of the humor and so many of the situations in "Second Act" feel like warmed-over Second Helpings of a dinner from long ago. A dinner that wasn't all that memorable in the first place.

December 21, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Even the boundless charms of Jennifer Lopez cannot overcome a mess of a script in Second Act.

December 21, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Eating a wad of raw cookie dough is satisfying, but it might also make you sick. That's how "Second Act" is.

December 21, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

When the contrivances get too much in this 'Working Girl' for millennials, just watch take-charge, live-wire Jenny from the block deliver miles of smiles. Sometimes star power is its own reward.

December 20, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The movie is all over the place and there is no attempt to weave it into a coherent whole - which is regrettable as scene for scene it often works.

December 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Second Act

I've always enjoyed J.Lo's films, but Second Act comes across as contrived, formulaic and dull, trying too hard to be a feel-good holiday film but fails miserably in delivering what's really a tired and messy story line. She should hold out for better scripts.

Chrisanne Chin
Chrisanne Chin

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