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Second Act

Second Act

Jennifer Lopez stars in yet another film unworthy of her radiance, this time as a woman from Queens who quits her job at a supermarket to work as a consultant in the tony Manhattan office of a consumer goods corporation. It is a rags-to-riches story with an implausible case of mistaken identity as its hinge, meaning that the protagonist lies to almost everyone she meets for the majority of the movie to keep up the ruse. This sours what is presented as the character’s core belief, and the movie’s thrust—that street smarts should be as valuable as book smarts—because the movie’s ostensible definition of street smarts is experience meets cleverness propelled by dishonesty. A tidy conclusion further muddies the message, as if to say: so long as you eventually confess to your wrongdoings, you’ll be forgiven, and you’ll still get what you want. With Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens, and Milo Ventimiglia.



  • Peter Segal


  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Vanessa Hudgens
  • Leah Remini
  • Treat Williams
  • Milo Ventimiglia
  • Annaleigh Ashford
  • Charlyne Yi
  • Alan Aisenberg
  • Freddie Stroma
  • Dave Foley
  • Larry Miller
  • Dierdre Friel
  • Lacretta
  • Dan Bucatinsky
  • Dalton Harrod
  • John Cronin
  • Phil Nee
  • Meng Ai
  • Adam Ray
  • Elizabeth Masucci
  • Michael Boatman
  • Ed Jewett
  • Anna Suzuki
  • Ellen Cleghorne
  • Denise Schaefer
  • Rachael Emrich
  • Kenneth Lee
  • Tina McKissick
  • Roya Shanks
  • Brianda Agramonte
  • Karl Lake


  • Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas
  • Justin Zackham


  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas
  • Justin Zackham
  • Benny Medina
  • Robert Simonds
  • Adam Fogelson
  • Wang Zhongjun
  • Wang Zhonglei
  • Felice Bee
  • Mark Kamine
  • Peter Segal
  • Donald Tang

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