Wednesday 26 June 2019

Second Act review: 'Contrived and hackneyed, but also fun'

3 stars

Second Act
Second Act
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

Jennifer Lopez’s relationship with cinema has been oddly erratic.

A decent actress, and astonishingly photogenic, she seemed on the fast track to film stardom 20 years back when she starred in Out Of Sight.

Instead, she was quickly sidelined into dreary rom-coms, where she’s remained. This one has a bit more grit than usual, however, and stars Lopez as Maya, a 40-year-old working class woman who lands a top job at a cosmetics company on the strength of a bogus CV.

She’s very good at it, but complications await in the shape of a long-lost daughter. Contrived and hackneyed, Second Act is also fun.

(Cert 12A, 104 mins)

Irish Independent

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