Monday, May 27, 2024

Jennifer Lopez Taking Big Step Backward, Making the Same Movie She’s Already Been In


Jennifer Lopez’s return to movies is a remake, essentially, of movies she’s already made. Why in the world she would star in “Second Act,” directed by Peter Segal (50 First Dates, Anger Management, Get Smart) is just mystifying.

According to the press release, the STX production:

“Second Act is a romantic comedy in the vein ofWorking Girl” and “Maid In Manhattan”– which Lopez has already starred in.  “When a big box store employee reinvents her life and her lifestyle, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree, and that it is never too late for a Second Act.”
Haven’t we seen this movie? Plucky girl that no one gives credit to has great idea and becomes a hero. And if we’re making it again, shouldn’t it be on the Hallmark Channel? Or Lifetime? Eck!
Lopez is better in a setting like her TV show, “Shades of Blue,” where she can be tough and edgy. Another one of these “women’s empowerment” comedies is unnecessary. All the people involved should stop right now and re-think this. I can already write the box office report for “Second Act” and it’s not good.
PS I know all the people involved in this are well meaning, but please, stop– you can do so much better.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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