John Gillispie: ‘Second Act’ offers chance to cherish blessings
Movies & More reviewer John Gillispie shares his thoughts on “Second Act,” which is rated PG-13.
I saw the movie trailer for “Second Act” starring Jennifer Lopez so many times that I felt as though I might have already experienced the film. It turns out that there was more to “Second Act” than I expected.
Lopez stars as Maya, who has been working hard for years to receive a promotion, but gets passed over mainly because she doesn’t have a college degree.
Thanks to a fake resume put together by her best friend’s son, Maya ends up with an interview at a very big company run by Anderson Clarke (Treat Williams). Maya doesn’t think the interview goes well because of the way Zoe (Vanessa Hudgens) reacts to her but she ends up getting a job.
Of course, most of us have seen movies or TV shows where someone improves his or her life but eventually must pay the price for keeping a secret or not being truthful. Maya faces the consequences of that fake resume but there is another development in the movie that I did not see coming and it wouldn’t be fair to write about it here.
So, “Second Act” offers the entertaining movie that you see in the film’s preview with some humor from Maya’s best friend Joan (Leah Remini) and a few laughs from some of Maya’s colleagues, including Annaleigh Ashford as Hildy, Charlyne Yi as Ariana and Alan Aisenberg as Chase. However, the movie has a more serious side and also offers a romance between Maya and Trey (Milo Ventimiglia). Maya and Trey care about each other but don’t seem to want the same things out of their relationship.
“Second Act” seems to offer the message that no matter what one’s hopes and dreams may be, it is important to appreciate the blessings in life, including having the support and love of family members and friends.
John Gillispie is the public relations director for the Huntington Museum of Art.