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.