Jennifer Lopez is Working Girl Cinderella in Second Act

What happens to women of a certain age when society has made them feel like their contribution to the world isn’t welcome?  What happens when the man of your dreams is dying to marry you, but you are the one with cold feet?  What happens when you are caught up in a lie to get ahead, only to live in fear that someone will peep what’s going down?

This was Maya’s reality.  A hard-working, innovative woman who could pop statistics and has been overlooked (yet again) for a well-deserved promotion.  All the while, harboring a  secret that could tear her relationship apart…so she thinks.  Ageism, Discrimination, Integrity, and of course, the power of love from friends and partners are all themes prevalent in this film and  Second Act’s cinematic commentary should inspire women all over the globe to never give up no matter what age.  Seriously, can you really put  price tag on a dreams?

Loved the endearing friendship amongst Maya and Joan.  That kinship rarely highlighted between women in film.  Appreciate you JLO!  Produced by STX Entertainment, Second Act hits theatres Friday!!!  Take a group of girlfriend who need a cocktail and a little empowerment nudge.

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  • Christopher Jensen

    A 49-year old woman playing a 40-year old for no reason at all except to throw all credibility out the window? No,correct…hard to put a prizetag on that. What would be so inappropriate with her plsplay 45? I would believe it,maybe…let me guess,the patriarchy and unrealistic expectations is to blame despite that this is not a film men want to watch under any condititions? It displays and sells the ideal and stereotype women whine about. Hipocracy in da house….

    • Carla Renata

      I disagree. There is nothing that felt stereotypical about this film or the characters to me. The premise is showing that women have a second act, a second chance for a new career regardless of age. You kinda missed the point, because as you pointed out” this is not a film men want to watch under any circumstances”. This is not a struggle men are familiar with when it comes to ageism nor do they have any interest in watching it depicted in a Hollywood film, written and produced by women

    • Carla Renata

      You clearly missed the point. This film is about starting over no matter what age you are. Women have been berated and put down for centuries laden with no self worth…mainly from men who hated to see us take a stand and craft a life and career beyond taking care of kids, doing laundry and preparing meals. We wanted our chance to live the AMERICAN Dream too. THAT is what this film conveys.

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