Welcome to the abbreviated reviews of Robbie K reviews. Today we hit the latest romantic comedy to storm the sea of cinema for the holiday season. In this world of increasing competition and unequal opportunity, is there a way for one to climb the ladder of success despite not taking the same choices others did? That’s what this film’s motif is all about as I review the latest Rom com/Chick Flick entitled:
- Good Chemistry
- Use of A Majority of the Characters
- Fun Approach that isn’t mushy
- Good Life Lessons
- Jennifer Lopez’s style
Summary: Second Act’s strengths lie in how well it uses its characters to tell the stories it wants to show. Lopez and Hudgens are a fantastic duo, whose energy feeds well off of each other and provides the solid relationship the movie flourishes off of. As the other secondary and tertiary characters hover around the rivalry, it opens the gates past the typical rom com and instead makes it a very fun film where each character helps to bring the life lessons to bear, and mostly staying relevant to the story. Utilizing a quick pace and bypassing a majority of the stereotypical mushy themes and going for a stronger moral based theme that is a little closer in representing life, Second Act really brings that girls night out fun/date night film that will hopefully appeal to more fans. In addition, Lopez still always has that stylish flare that makes her incredible, bring the poise and prowess despite the role she was directed to play.
- Cannibalized plots of J-Lo Movies Past
- Plot points rushed over or lacking build
- The Boyfriend semi-pointless
- Forced Comedy at Times
Summary: Second Act may be fun and quick, but it’s originality is lacking which may take away from the audience. Previous J-Lo films have been ripped apart put together in this mosaic of references that are decently intertwined. As a result, many of the plots are only semi developed, a few trying to have built, but then revealed in a very calm demeanor. Sure there is some emotional bond to it, but the rushed approach to many of these predictable story lines denies the satisfying plot telling her previous movies had done super well on. Perhaps the weakest of the stories for me was the boyfriend element, to which that particular cast member Milo Ventimiglia, has been promoting on the various talk shows, did little to advance the movie. His integration into the film is very thin, offering little emotional turmoil, or any real character development, which was a missed shot. Finally, some of the comedic antics are beautifully executed, but for others it’s another example of jamming the stockings with as much comedy gimmicks as you can. These moments did not do it as much for me or the audience, and could have been focused on developing the plot more. Oh well cute jokes are the lifeblood of comedy these days.
Overall, the movie is exactly what the trailer promised, fun, simple minded comedy that is just a nice break from the big budget films that are super popular. While certainly entertaining at times due to the great acting chemistry, character usage, and Jennifer Lopez’s style classing it up, the movie still fails to drop the same quality he earlier films did. Too many unoriginal, predictable plots we’ve seen done better plague this film, and with the rushed storytelling, it felt this was a mini-series that could have been executed better in episodic telling of TV and Netflix specials. Still, definitely a good group night out or date movie, but best reserved in the comforts of your home.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 4.5-5.0