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 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
Maya Vargas
Vanessa Hudgens
Zoe Franklin
Leah Remini
Annaleigh Ashford
Dan Bucatinsky
Freddie Stroma
Ron Epson
Milo Ventimiglia
Treat Williams
Anderson Clarke
Larry Miller
Charlyne Yi
Ariana Ng
Dave Foley
Felix Herman
Alan Aisenberg
Dierdre Friel
John James Cronin


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 by STX Films and STX Entertainment on December 14, 2018, on December 21, 2018 (United States) and on January 17, 2019 (Germany).

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.

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