I’d been wanting to see Jennifer Lopez’s new movie Second Act ever since I first saw the trailer.
At first glance, it had everything I could want from a movie.
Comedy? Tick. JLo? Tick. Love interest? Tick. A supportive rough around the edges best friend for comedic relief? Tick.
Now I’ve finally seen it, I can confidently say…
Second Act gave me two hours of basic joy and I’m really not sorry about it. At all.
Second Act’s whole shtick surrounds JLo’s character Maya, a working class woman from outside of New York who’s been slogging it out as a department store assistant manager for years.
She’s very similar to the Maria, character she played in 2002’s Maid in Manhattan, but moving on.
Maya’s 40 and she wants more from her career. She’s extremely capable and loved by her co-workers, but is overlooked for a promotion because she didn’t go to college.
After making a birthday wish for ‘street smarts to equal book smarts’, her godson secretly applies for a ritzy sales executive job at a cosmetics company on her behalf with a resume that stretches the truth.
From there, predictable hilarity ensues.
You can watch the Second Act trailer below. Post continues after video.
Amongst the great dad jokes, sexual innuendo gags and incredible JLo power dressing moments, the movie tries to make a statement about the double standard women ‘of a certain age’ are fighting against in the work force.
It’s something so many women are dealing with right now. Growing up, I’ve watched my mum demand to be valued and taken seriously at workplaces who don’t see experience as a qualification.