Watch at Home: ‘Second Act’ & more from female filmmakers

Jennifer Lopez and Vanessa Hudgens star in Second Act.
Jennifer Lopez and Vanessa Hudgens star in SECOND ACT. Photo Credit: Barry Wetcher.

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.

Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 3/29/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

  • Second Act – Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas (co-writer)
  • A Vigilante – Sarah Daggar-Nickson (director/writer)
  • The Field Guide To Evil – Veronika Franz (co-director/co-writer), Katrin Gebbe (co-director/co-writer),Agnieszka Smoczynska (co-director), Silvia Wolkan (co-writer)


This week’s selection is Second Act, which just came out on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital this week.

Ozone Park Value Shop assistant manager Maya Vargas (Jennifer Lopez) enters her 43rd year of life by being passed over for a promotion. It doesn’t matter how many innovative ideas she has, because she doesn’t have the required college degree. Does one need the necessary degree when their own record shows they can do the job?  That’s a question the film wants us to ask in a way. Maya’s baseball coach boyfriend, Trey (Milo Ventimiglia), and best friend Joan (Leah Remini) try to do what they can but their efforts aren’t enough.

Maya soon gets a surprising call from Franklin & Clarke as the company requests a job interview. This call comes as a surprise to her and the interview even more so. This is because the credentials that CEO Anderson Clark (Treat Williams) are foreign to Maya. Even though Clark’s daughter Zoe (Vanessa Hudgens) seemingly destroys any chance of Maya getting the job, Maya somehow gets hired as a consultant. Maya eventually learns that Joan’s son, Dilly (Dalton Harrod), fudged her resume and created an online profile that doesn’t come close to reality.

From day one, Maya is pitted against Zoe. Maya has acrophobic assistant Ariana (Charlyne Yi) and cat food guy Chase (Alan Aisenberg) on her side.  There’s some comedy that arises from the rivalry between development executives Hildy Ostrander (Annaleigh Ashford) and Ron Ebsen (Freddie Stroma).  The acrophobic jokes honestly get overdone but the script takes a pointed shot at the door in Titanic not having room for Jack.

Please click HERE for my full review.

© Danielle Solzman (03/29/19) FF2 Media

Featured photos from Second Act EPK
Photo Credits: Barry Wetcher

Tags: Jennifer Lopez, Second Act

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Danielle Solzman is a Chicago-based film critic and an aspiring filmmaker if she can ever put enough time aside to work on her feature-length trans-led political comedy script. When not in Chicago, she attends various film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Public Relations while earning a Masters in Media Communications from Webster University after writing a thesis paper on comic books against the backdrop of the American political culture.
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