Have you made your resolutions for 2019? If 2o18 has had you in the doldrums and you aren’t too inspired on setting new goals for 2019, then Second Act will inspire you to turn your life around – just like how its star Jennifer Lopez did, in real life. The singer-actress made a comeback after several low points in the early 2000s, like her character in Second Act.

In fact, J Lo’s character, Maya, has an uncannily similar story to J Lo’s real life circumstances. Both managed to return with a stunning second act, serving as role models to women everywhere. Here’s why we think that Second Act is going to inspire everyone to make a difference in 2019 and make solid resolutions that you’re going to keep (for once).

 

1. It stars Jennifer Lopez, the ultimate comeback kid

Jennifer Lopez is Maya in Second Act. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Jennifer Lopez is Maya in Second Act. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

It’s been a while since we saw J Lo in cinemas. Her 2015 erotic thriller The Boy Next Door was negatively received and the singles from her 2011 album, Love?, didn’t do well. Compounding matters was her 2011 divorce with Marc Anthony – three years after they had twins. It was rough, both personally and professionally.

Fortunately, she bounced back when became an American Idol judge, started doing a crime drama series called Shades of Blue and launched her new limited-edition makeup line. We last heard her voice on the big screen in 2016’s Ice Age: Collision Course, and her most recent live-action role was in 2016’s Lila & Eve.

To truly cement her new found success, she was listed as the sixth most highly paid woman in the music industry by Forbes this year.

That’s why J Lo is the perfect person to play Maya, who reinvents her life and goes from retail to private finance in Second Act. If there’s anyone who understands what it’s like pick up the pieces of your life and make a stunning return, it’s J Lo.

 

2. It stars Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens is Zoe in Second Act. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Vanessa Hudgens is Zoe in Second Act. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Remember how we used to call her “Vanessa Anne Hudgens” instead, back in her High School Musical days? She’s soared since those days, becoming a So You Think You Can Dance judge in 2017 and even scoring a meaty role in the Netflix film The Princess Switch.

She’s back in Second Act as Zoe, a woman who “wants to be just like [Maya] when she grows up”.

In real life, the age difference between J Lo and Vanessa Hudgens is 19 years. Nevertheless, it’ll be fun to see these two singing starlets opposite one another. J Lo has a new song called “Limitless”, said to be a girl power anthem that’s Second Act‘s theme song.

 

3. It features a clash of social classes

Anderson Clarke (Treat Williams) and Maya (Jennifer Lopez) in Second Act. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Anderson Clarke (Treat Williams) and Maya (Jennifer Lopez) in Second Act. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

It’s clear there’ll be a confrontation between social classes in the film – the book smart, educated class who name their children after fruit versus the street smart ones like J Lo’s character. We all enjoy seeing snooty folk getting their comeuppance from the underdog, so it’ll be fun to see how J Lo’s character outsmarts all the MBA holders and Harvard undergraduates in the Second Act, considering how the actress dropped out of Baruch College after completing only one semester.

 

4. There’s a romantic comedy element

Jennifer Lopez plays Maya and Milo Ventimiglia plays Trey in Second Act. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Jennifer Lopez plays Maya and Milo Ventimiglia plays Trey in Second Act. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Even though the film centres on Maya’s journey, there’s also a romantic comedy aspect to the movie. Maya may be in her 40’s, but it’s never too late for her to find love – especially when there are handsome actors like Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) in the film itself.

Second Act is not just about fulfilling her career – it’s also about Maya finding love too, just like how J Lo has found new happiness with her current beau, baseball player Alex Rodriguez.

 

 5. It has a hilarious but relatable premise

So you might be wondering – what’s Second Act about? From the title, you might guess that it’s about second chances – and you’d be absolutely right. It features the journey of underachieving 43-year-old mother Maya Vargas (Jennifer Lopez) who scores a job at a private finance firm – thanks to a fake Facebook Page created by her friends (though we’re not too sure if we’d want friends like that).

In a world of fake news on Facebook, it’s fun to finally see the power of social media harnessed for the good of a single person (instead of a massive, profit-driven corporation). Plus, starting a new career at 40 is considered a mid-career switch – Maya could apply for a SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy if she were a Singaporean! After all, haven’t you ever thought of quitting your current job and starting afresh in a new industry?

 

6. It’s ultimately a feel good film

Maya (Jennifer Lopez) and Zoe (Vanessa Hudgens) in Second Act. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Maya (Jennifer Lopez) and Zoe (Vanessa Hudgens) in Second Act. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

And since it’s about a middle-aged lady (Maya is 43 in the film, and Singapore’s life expectancy for women is 86 – which puts her right in the midpoint of her life if she were a Singaporean) rediscovering and remaking herself, there’s a feel good vibe to Second Act.

What better message is there to send for the holidays? Anyone can achieve what they want, regardless of age. It’s an inspirational tale that will make you get up, go out there, and fight for what you want in 2019 (and the rest of 2018 too).

Just don’t make a fake Facebook Page like Maya did.

Second Act. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Second Act. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Are you ready to catch Second Act and be inspired by how J Lo’s character shows Madison Avenue what she’s made of? The romantic comedy even has its own soundtrack – Limitless, performed by Jennifer Lopez herself. What better way to show how J Lo herself has made a complete comeback like the character she plays? Also if you catch it before everyone else, you could even call yourself a social media influencer – and start your own, totally legit, hit Facebook Page.

For single mums out there who have been inspired by Jennifer Lopez’s tale of raising twins by herself, you might want to celebrate with the Second Act Ladies’ Night Screening, exclusively for female GV Movie Club members! Who cares about men – this will be a screening that celebrates womanhood, new directions, and a better 2019.

Not only would you get to watch it one week before anyone else does on 27 December, but you also get to sip on a tasty V Gallery Vodka cocktail, plus you can redeem an express manicure by Painted Nail Bar. You’ll also receive beauty care samples from Thann. 

There’s also a more reflective aspect to the screening – you’re invited to share your aspirations for a “second act” in 2019, so that you can stand a chance to win a Lucky Draw prize worth more than $150 at the Second Act Ladies’ Night Screening.

Don’t hesitate to start on your Second Act – be inspired by Maya in the film and reinvent your life today.

Second Act Ladies Night Screening. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Second Act Ladies Night Screening. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Credits: Golden Village Cinemas

 

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