Second Act

Second Act

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DVD - 2019
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Due to her lack of higher education, middle-aged Maya (Jennifer Lopez) is passed over for a promotion at the Queens big box store where she's worked for 15 years. She gets an unexpected shot at a new career, however, when a fake online résumé created by her best friend's (Leah Remini) son lands her a job at a giant cosmetics company. Is Maya's brand of sassy street smarts enough to make her a success in the corporate world?
Publisher: [United States] :, STX Entertainment,, 2019
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE SECO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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Ephriam
Jul 02, 2019

Not overly entertaining. Although the main character did not finish high school because her parents had died and she got knocked up at age 17 she tended to be talented in the field she enjoyed doing. She was a people person. She also did not think lower of people who did go get a higher education as her two faithful work colleges both graduated and worked very hard for her. She told her biological daughter to go back and finish her college as well as she advised her best friend's son to go back to school which he did. In the real world there are people like her that have about a grade 10 education and made a very successful business in which they own a million dollar house. For example Eminem the white rap singer and Richard Branson the business man. The movie portrayed that although she did not have a formal higher education she was still successful but felt low of herself for not getting the higher education. She also felt that she had it more difficult than others because she did not get ahead as not have the higher education did eliminate her from job positions. Although the movie does bring up the argument about education versus experience which still goes on today, I still found the movie to be boring.

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chriscoleman
Jun 28, 2019

This film was really dumbed down with a very bad message--don't bother with education.
A 50+ year old sales clerk at a valu mart wants to be the new manager. She shows up for her interview with 3 inch hoop earrings, bleached hair, 6 inch heels, a tight off the shoulder sweater, and skin tight pants. With only a GED and the other candidates in suits and with master's degrees she blames not getting the job on "not getting a college degree when I was 18". Uh, no. It's because you're not qualified. After that her godson fabricates an entire new life history for her with a Harvard degree, Presidential friends, and experience she could never possibly fake which makes the rest of the film incredibly dumb. A d-flick with really bad music. FYI: six figure salary jobs have three day interviews, not 10 minutes.

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matcat44
Jun 25, 2019

Watched a few minutes but so predictable.

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poodlegirl
Jun 14, 2019

Very light, which you'd expect from Jennifer Lopez. It was very predictable. I almost only watched only 2/3rds of it as I figured the ending would be exactly what it turned out to be when I decided to wade through the last third. Good movie for a mindless evening.

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lakeland53
Jun 10, 2019

Was a fun watch, not boring, and well done. OK, so the whole premise is a bit far-fetched, but the message is terrific. Entertaining. There's really only one question that he writer said not answer. Don't want to give the end away, but, when Jennifer is asked at the end by her boyfriend about a family, her response was, "You are family." They did not answer that question for the male lead. Minor thing, tho'.

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Chiefie1
May 29, 2019

We really enjoyed this movie, full of great music, lots of upbeat action, and laced with sentimentality! Good clean script & a pleasure to watch Jennifer Lopez!
7 stars out of 10!

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Micpark2012
May 26, 2019

I usually love a Jennifer Lopez movie, so many good ones out there. But this movie did not give enough time to develop a scene. Movie did too many setups. I don't know if the editing or writing failed this movie. I was trying hard to like it, but hard to stay attached to so many scenes. All the characters were very likeable.

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jimg2000
May 25, 2019

Search "famous people who lied on resume" and "believe me," you will find lists of "bigly" self proclaimed "extremely stable genius," politicians, authors, executives worldwide.** Also, the property of Gingko is based on real plausible science***, not on groundless premise. But the big but tired twist in the middle turns a decent comedy to spotty at best. The voluptuous J Lo (49 years old already?) fans should love it.

**Many examples detailed in the 2017 book "Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young.

***Two key elements on Gingko trees (see links in summary.)

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winston16
May 02, 2019

Well, it was sweet and positive, but that comes at a cost. The story is built on coincidence and the types of dialogue that can only be dreamt up by screenwriters. But with so many lousy movies out there, this one at least had some fun and poignant (if not authentic) moments --so that's something.

JCLHeatherM Apr 27, 2019

A spontaneous birthday wish gives Maya the do-over of a lifetime and reminds everyone that each new day brings a new second chance.

Overall a cute film, the strong language seems unnecessary, more for shock value than plot. Great for a one time viewing.

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jimg2000
May 25, 2019

Two key elements on Gingko trees that is part of the 2nd half plot:

1, From NYT's "The Whispering Leaves of the Hiroshima Ginkgo Trees" By Ariel Dorfman Aug. 4, 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/opinion/the-whispering-leaves-of-the-hiroshima-ginkgo-trees.html

2. Gingko Biloba Tree May Protect Cells From Radiation Damage (note MAY)

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091019122956.htm

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