Traipsing through familiar rom-com turf – think ‘Working Girl’ meets ‘Maid in Manhattan’ – ‘Second Act’ casts Jennifer Lopez as a middle-aged workaholic aspiring to break out of her dead-end job. Her wish is granted after her tech-savvy godson secretly embellishes her resume, which helps her secure a management-level position at a Madison Avenue cosmetics firm. So far, so groovy. Soon enough, though, the romance with her long-time boyfriend fizzles out. He wants to start a family but she isn’t sure about having children. A subsequent revelation about a teenage pregnancy and the daughter she gave up for adoption will leave viewers gasping in disbelief. The predictably roseate resolution is even more cloying.Published in Daily Times, January 14th 2019.