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Second Act

also known as “Álommeló,” “Drugi čin,” “Manhattan Queen,” “Seconde chance,” “Segundo Ato,” “Teraz albo nigdy,” “Uma Nova Chance,” «Втори шанс», «Начни сначала», «Почни спочатку»
MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for some crude sexual references, and language.
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Primary Audience:
Romance Comedy
1 hr. 43 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
December 21, 2018 (wide—2,607 theaters)
DVD: March 26, 2019
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Struggling with frustrations about unfulfilled ambitions and dreams

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Featuring: Jennifer LopezMaya
Vanessa HudgensZoe
Milo VentimigliaTrey
Leah ReminiJoan
Freddie StromaRon
Charlyne Yi
Treat WilliamsAnderson Clarke
Dave FoleyFelix Herman
Larry MillerWeiskopf
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Director: Peter Segal—“50 First Dates
Producer: STX Entertainment
Alexandra Brown
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“Dream big. Her talent was real. Her résumé was not.”

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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “‘Second Act’ follows an underachieving big-box store employee (Lopez) stuck in a low-paying job, who, after reinventing herself, gets a second chance at a corporate career, after creating a fake Facebook page.

‘Second Act’ is a comedy in the vein of ‘Working Girl’ and ‘Maid in Manhattan.’ Jennifer Lopez stars as Maya, a 40-year-old mother struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. A private finance firm is misled into believing that she’s an accomplished consultant and hires her to handle a major business deal.”

  • Profane language: • “Oh Christ” • “Oh my God” (15) • God (6) • d*mn (4) • Hell (4) • “Holy S-word”
  • Vulgar/Crude language: • f-word (1) • “bug up your a**” • ?-“c*ck in my a**” • a**-panda (2) • slutty • kinky • a**hole (3) • “Oh F-word” • frickin' • freaking • “D*ck repellant” • d*ck (6) • d*ckhead • p*ssies • “Women like to be moist” • “Nice ass” • boob • “piece of cr*p” • s-words (15+) • a** (10+) • “Grow some balls” • “Skinny bitch” • “bitch-fest” • “Screw them” (2) • suck (3) • p*ssed
  • Sex/Nudity: Heavy
  • Violence: Minor
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Positive—After reading poor reviews, I didn’t expect much. But now that I’ve seen the movie I can honestly say it was enjoyable, IF you’re willing to overlook the negatives.

Positive Christian elements:
• Maya (Lopez) is willing to work hard to prove she is capable.
• We learn later in the movie that Maya gave up a baby when she was younger showing that 1. She wanted the baby to be born as opposed to getting an abortion and 2. She did what was best for the baby giving it up for adoption even though it caused her pain.
• There are demonstrations of true friendship and reconciliation of damaged relationships (Grace, mercy and forgiveness).

Negative Elements:
• A lot of cussing by one character (but later Maya asks her not to cuss so much).
• The secular humanist idea that “If it is to be, it’s up to me!” Which is opposed to Scriptures which teach that while a good work ethic is commendable, ultimately we trust The Lord to guide us and direct our steps, and we commit everything we do to his sovereign will to bring glory to Him.

No, this is not a squeaky clean movie with perfect people who do everything right. It’s a movie with real people who do things, good and bad, and who have real life struggles and life challenges. I’m not condoning the behavior that is contrary to Scripture. But I was able to recognize those things for what they were and enjoy the good things this movie has to offer.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
RD, age 49 (USA)
Positive— Just finished watching “Second Act,” and it was surprisingly good, one of Jennifer Lopez’s better films. Jennifer Lopez as Maya was beautiful and Stunning in every scene; her and Leah Remini had great chemistry, as they are also BFF (Best Friends Forever) in real life. Nothing too morally offensive about this film. …this film shows the importance of Honesty, being yourself, hard work, and not being afraid to fail in life. I really liked that a brief clip from the Classic TV Special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was shown in one scene of this film; it gave a warm and friendly family feel to the film.

This was a great romantic comedy for men and women alike… In my opinion this film was just as good as “Maid in Manhattan” and “The Wedding Planner”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Jeff Andrew Winters, age 38 (USA)
Negative—Do not waste your time. We like Jennifer Lopez, so 3 adults went to see it when it first came out. I had read the synopsis of the movie where it says Jennifer’s character asked her foul-mouthed friend to stop cussing, so I naively assumed it would occur early and would end the problem. Wrong. Though her friend “tries” to stop, the replacement words are just the beginning of the cuss word, so everyone knows what expletive is used throughout the film. Plenty of other characters are cussing as well.

The movie is full of offensive material that buries the feel-good message we were hoping to get. Very heavy by way of sexual innuendo and vulgar overtones. We would have left very early, but kept thinking we had weathered the worst part, so stayed. The movie could have been a nice, enjoyable time, but fails miserably.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
JB, age 56 (USA)

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Secular Movie Critics
…A blatantly telegraphed mid-film twist helps turn “Second Act” into one of the strangest and most misguided rom-coms of any year. …
Derek Smith, Slant
…Lopez’s soulful performance has a lot to do with why it works. …“Second Act” is an unusual movie for many reasons. Foremost, it comes with a bait-and-switch plot twist that throws every assumption audiences will have out the window within the first 45 minutes. …none of the usual corporate rom-com plot points…occur in “Second Act”… There is no #MeToo moment with a male mentor when Maya starts killing it at work. Her handsome boyfriend doesn’t force her to choose between him and her career. … [3/4]
Chandler Levack, The Globe And Mail [Canada]
…It feels like a confused puppy, caught between a stale script and a very confused storyline that frequently loses focus. …
Yolanda Machado, TheWrap
…Breezy rom-com Second Act puts Jennifer Lopez in her sweet spot… Dance like nobody’s watching; dream like you can do anything… [B]
Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
…Jennifer Lopez can’t act, the meatheads responsible for the stupidest screenplay of the year can’t write…
Rex Reed, The New York Observer
…You know you’re watching a connect-the-dots comedy, but the dots sparkle. And Lopez gives her first star performance in a while. Age has enriched her talent; she brings curlicues of experience to every scene. …
Owen Gleiberman, Variety
…Good cast, nearly hopeless script…
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
…the film embraces its genre and the jokes stick the landing. It's definitely worth a watch for fans of movies with an early 2000s rom-com aesthetic. …
Samantha Incorvaia, Arizona Republic