Second Act (2018)
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The movie also is rather cheap and video-looking, neither Lopez or Remini look particularly good, though Lopez is still playing a character ten years younger than she is--which she pulls off, I only mention this as it has the feel of a 90's cable tv movie.
Interactions with Remini and Lopez are good, probably the best thing about the movie actually, then again the focus of the film shifts to the melodrama lost child thing, of which Remini is virtually abscent from.
The director was well cast to direct this kind of film but his earlier films are much better and have a sense of being a complete movie that this one lacks.
Supporting characters are most cartoons and, in the faked resume portion of the film are funny enough.
Of course Lopez is a big glamorous star, so for her to pull off this 'working class' act is not easy, but she manages to do it--it's mostly free of star moments--she doesn't sing, isn't shot to show off her famous bottom, she does have one dance scene with friends but it seems realistic enough.
Treat Williams does well in the roll of a basically unconvincing 'good guy' mega corporation owner.
The whole idea of cramming a old hat and unconvincing mother/lost daughter movie into this one is a bad one. This is a film sold as one thing because what they aren't selling doesn't work.
Sad to say it on many levels is a LIFETIME level movie.
No attention was given to story coherence, acting, jokes, even character arcs, the back bone of any narrative, are confused and confusing. Which, evidently, becomes an alarming trend for a Netflix production.
Stay away. Not even a girls-night popcorn movie.
Very enjoyable and entertaining film. Solid performances from all cast, great directing, and although the story's premise was interesting, there were some plot issues and bad writing choices in some scenes and dialogue. The humor was spot on with some LOL moments, and some sweet sad moments.
Much better than I expected. A well deserving 8/10 from me!
The plot is quite ludicrous, has more holes than a fishing net and is just laughable in places. It is squarely aimed at a light hearted feel good film market but the story it tells goes way past plausible and sense of reality in it is quickly lost.
On the bright side there are some funny moments, decent support characters and it is a very easy watch.