Second Act

Jennifer Lopez stars in yet another film unworthy of her radiance, this time as a woman from Queens who quits her job at a supermarket to work as a consultant in the tony Manhattan office of a consumer goods corporation. It is a rags-to-riches story with an implausible case of mistaken identity as its hinge, meaning that the protagonist lies to almost everyone she meets for the majority of the movie to keep up the ruse. This sours what is presented as the character’s core belief, and the movie’s thrust—that street smarts should be as valuable as book smarts—because the movie’s ostensible definition of street smarts is experience meets cleverness propelled by dishonesty. A tidy conclusion further muddies the message, as if to say: so long as you eventually confess to your wrongdoings, you’ll be forgiven, and you’ll still get what you want. With Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens, and Milo Ventimiglia.