review by Bobby Blakey
I cannot lie I am not the biggest Jennifer Lopez fan. In all honesty I was a fan of her earlier work in films like U-Turn, Money Train and The Cell. Her latest Second Act, looks to stick to her more romantic comedy style range but in more of a comedic drama tone. The film co-stars Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens with Treat Williams and Milo Ventimiglia with Tommy Boy and Grudge Match director Peter Segal at the helm, but does it offer up something worth investing in or does it not deserve any second chance of its own?
Second Act follows a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations of not having achieved more in life. As an experienced, quickwitted, perceptive employee, she is passed over for a promotion solely because she doesn’t have a college degree. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act. Going in I kept expectations low since the trailers didn’t do all that much for me. Thankfully so as the film didn’t offer all that much in originality, but did have some decent moments. The story itself is one we have seen a thousand times in one form or another with its own twist. The issue with the twist is that initially its’ hard to buy into before some of the bigger picture is revealed.
This is where I give the film some props as they craft a story element to make the rest of the unrealistic decisions make a bit more sense, but it doesn’t help that the characters never fully act consistently. People seem to accept things pretty easily that you would think would upset them and then upset about other things. There are some elements that needed more fleshing out as well as it felt like elements were missing to make the story more cohesive.
This wasn’t a bad movie and offered up on that will likely connect with the Lopez fans, but could have been so much better had they spent some of the long run time to flesh out some of the elements. There are plenty of funny and heart felt moments, but it would have made the film work way better if not so predictable. If you are a fan of any of the cast then give it a shot and decide for yourself.
In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including featurettes taking you behind bringing this film to life. Take your shot and grab your copy of Second Act available now on Digital and then on Blu-ray and DVD on March 26th from Universal Home Entertainment.