Second Act is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal.

Official trailers

STX Entertainment on Thursday, July 19, 2018 released the trailer:
Second Act | Official Trailer | Own It Now On Digital HD, Blu-Ray & DVD.

Story intro

Maya Vargas (Jennifer Lopez) is the assistant manager of the Value Shop store she has worked at for the past 15 years. During that time she dramatically improved sales, customer relations, and general store culture through her intuitive and innovative methods. She awaits a store visit by an executive of her company, Mr. Weiskopf, anxiously hoping to be promoted to manager. Her boyfriend Trey (Milo Ventimiglia), co-workers, and several regular customers all assure Maya she's guaranteed the promotion, but instead she's passed up in favor of Arthur (Dan Bucatinsky), a non-local company employee with an MBA from Duke. Mr. Weiskopf explains that while he values Maya's dedication and success, she only has a GED and no college degree, which makes her ineligible for the promotion by company policy. Maya is bitterly disappointed but reluctantly agrees to stay on as Arthur's second-in-command at the store. Later that day, at her best friend/co-worker Joan's (Leah Remini) house, her friends and Trey throw Maya a surprise 40th birthday party. Joan's tech-savvy son, Dilly, overhears Maya's frustration about being overlooked due to her educational shortcomings. Maya soon unexpectedly receives a call from a major retailer, Franklin & Clarke (F&C), for a job interview. Surprised that CEO Anderson Clarke (Treat Williams) personally wants to meet her, Maya nonetheless manages to impress Anderson. Unsure why she would be regarded so highly, it is then revealed that Dilly gave her background a dramatic makeover over social media, digitally fabricating for her an enhanced background with a Harvard education, high-ranking past corporate jobs, and an exaggerated upper-class life. Anderson's daughter, Zoe (Vanessa Hudgens), who works under her father, displays a dislike and professional jealousy towards Maya, but Anderson is still impressed with Maya and offers her an executive consulting position at the company. Maya is reluctant to accept the offer since her so-called background and credentials are all lies. This changes when she becomes fed-up with Arthur's obnoxious and clueless mismanagement of the Value Shop; she dramatically quits the store and accepts the offer to work at F&C.


Jennifer Lopez
Leah Remini
Vanessa Hudgens
Treat Williams
Anderson Clarke
Milo Ventimiglia
Annaleigh Ashford
Hildy Ostrander
Charlyne Yi
Alan Aisenberg
Freddie Stroma
Ron Ebsen
Dave Foley
Felix Herman
Larry Miller
Dierdre Friel
Big Ant
Suzi Teplitsky
Dan Bucatinsky
Arthur Coyle
John James Cronin
Elizabeth Masucci
Michael Boatman
Edward Taylor
Anna Suzuki
Alicia Zhou
Ellen Cleghorne
Dalton Harrod
Phil Nee
Philip Jiang
Meng Ai
Dr. Chow
Adam Ray
Ed Jewett
Walt Benjamin
Denise Schaefer
Anderson's Receptionist
Rachael Emrich
Anderson's Receptionist
Kenneth Lee
Tina Mckissick
Woman Customer (as Tina McKissick)
Roya Shanks
Brianda Agramonte
Young Maya
Karl Lake


Principal photography began on October 23, 2017, at Food Bazaar Supermarket in Queens, New York, and continued in The Bronx and Manhattan, including Michael Jordan's Steakhouse in Grand Central Terminal.

The film Second Act was scheduled to be released on December 14, 2018, on December 21, 2018 (United States) and on January 17, 2019 (Germany) by STX Films, STX Entertainment, Elevation Pictures, STX International, Film & TV House, Metropolitan Filmexport, SF Studios, The Searchers, GEM Entertainment, Constantin-Film, Diamond Films, E Stars Films, Golden Village Pictures, Odeon - Audio Visual Entertainment, PVR Pictures, TOBIS Film, Viva International Pictures, Vkaao and Universum Film (UFA).

The duration of the film is 104 minutes. With a budget of $16 million, the film grossed over $72.3 million.

The film had received a "PG-13" rating.


Second Act got average rating from critics. The audience dislikes the film either. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.

External links

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IMDB: Second Act

Wikipedia: Second Act (film)

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