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MOVIE REVIEW: Second Act

Maya (Lopez) is a 40 year old assistant Store Manager for a supermarket chain. Well-liked by staff and customers and a highly capable woman, she is the driving force behind processes that have made her store the most successful in the area. So when it comes time to promote a new Store manager does Maya get the job?

If she did, there would be no movie.

So no she doesn’t get the job. Maya is overlooked in favour of a smugly over-confident, company Kool-Aid drinking moron who the staff despise on sight and you just know is going to ruin it all. Ha!

Maya, with a little help from her meddling BFF Joan (Remini who is also her real life BFF) and Joan’s teen hacker-ish son, Maya soon finds herself interviewing for her dream job with a huge corporation. Much to her surprise she not only lands the job but is pitted against company golden girl Zoe (Hudgens) to develop a new product

With millions of dollars riding on this new product, Maya now heads a team of corporate misfits (because of course she does) and has no choice but to fake it till she makes it.

Why should I watch it: Because why not. It won’t set the awards nights alight but it is a funny, feel good movie about a woman who is constantly overlooked for promotions, simply because she doesn’t have the proper education.

Maya (Lopez) is a 40 year old assistant Store Manager for a supermarket chain. Well-liked by staff and customers and a highly capable woman, she is the driving force behind processes that have made her store the most successful in the area. So when it comes time to promote a new Store manager does Maya get the job?

If she did, there would be no movie.

So no she doesn’t get the job. Maya is overlooked in favour of a smugly over-confident, company Kool-Aid drinking moron who the staff despise on sight and you just know is going to ruin it all. Ha!

Maya, with a little help from her meddling BFF Joan (Remini who is also her real life BFF) and Joan’s teen hacker-ish son, Maya soon finds herself interviewing for her dream job with a huge corporation. Much to her surprise she not only lands the job but is pitted against company golden girl Zoe (Hudgens) to develop a new product

With millions of dollars riding on this new product, Maya now heads a team of corporate misfits (because of course she does) and has no choice but to fake it till she makes it.

Why should I watch it : Because why not. It won’t set the awards nights alight but it is a funny, feel good movie about a woman who is constantly overlooked for promotions, simply because she doesn’t have the proper education.

Throw in the sharp tongued and endlessly entertaining Remini, a few supportive and hilarious friends, some corporate misfits, a snotty English wanker who needs a jolly good spanking and a twist that may just tug at your heart strings and …… what’s not to love?

In fact, the support cast is so strong that Lopez finds herself upstaged in many a scene. Yi, as the socially awkward, acrophobic, softly spoken receptionist is truly hilarious and manages to steal every single scene she is in.

This is a great girl’s night out movie or a perfect way to escape the heat in air conditioned comfort should the summer heat get too much for you (and you are poor like me and have no air con at home sad face).

Why should I watch it: Because why not. It won’t set the awards nights alight but it is a funny, feel good movie about a woman who is constantly overlooked for promotions, simply because she doesn’t have the proper education.

Throw in the sharp tongued and endlessly entertaining Remini, a few supportive and hilarious friends, some corporate misfits, a snotty English wanker who needs a jolly good spanking and a twist that may just tug at your heart strings and …… what’s not to love?

In fact, the support cast is so strong that Lopez finds herself upstaged in many a scene. Yi, as the socially awkward, acrophobic, softly spoken receptionist is truly hilarious and manages to steal every single scene she is in.

This is a great girl’s night out movie or a perfect way to escape the heat in air-conditioned comfort should the summer heat get too much for you (and you are poor like me and have no air con at home sad face).

3 stars


Running Time: 103 minutes

Release Date: In cinemas now

Who is in it: Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Milo Ventimiglia, Leah Rimini, Treat Williams, Freddie Stroma, Charlyne Yi, Alan Aisenberg


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I am Sue-Ellen (never Sue please, but feel free to ditch the hyphen).After 8 or so years writing content for various online sites and publications, I decided to venture forth on my own and founded Write Here Copywriting in late 2017. My main goal is to help small businesses find their voice in the white noise of the interwebs. It may seem a little daunting to begin with, but when we commit to working together, your voice will suddenly ring clear and true.

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Written by Sue Ellen

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