(CNN)”Cute” might sound like a tepid endorsement, but it’s the quickest way to describe “Second Act,” an old-fashioned star vehicle for Jennifer Lopez. The movie frankly feels like three stories in one — without fully servicing any of them — but skates by, barely, on the strength of Lopez’s charm and some amusing supporting players. The ad campaign accentuates one of the three identifiable plots — the idea that Lopez’s Maya Vargas, after quitting a job in Queens, gets a taste of life among the Manhattan elite at a big consumer-products firm. Of course, landing that gig requires presenting a bogus resume filled with Ivy League credentials after her best friend’s son, a computer whiz, manufactures one without her knowledge. Maya is thus left trying to navigate her web of deceit — sometimes to comedic effect — while proving that “street smarts” can trump “book smarts,” and as an added degree of difficulty, overcoming skepticism toward a woman in her 40s. The “Working Girl” riff, however — garnished by Lopez’s earlier rom-com “Maid in Manhattan” — alternates with other key threads, including one that comes somewhat jarringly out of left field. Broadly, they involve Maya’s relationship with a younger co-worker… Read full this story
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