Second Act (2018)

Second Act
Director: Peter Segal
Writer: Justin Zackham, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini, Treat Williams, Milo Ventimiglia, Annaleigh Ashford, Charlyne Yi, Alan Aisenberg
Seen on: 8.1.2022

Plot:
Maya (Jennifer Lopez) has worked in a big supermarket for 15 years, with much success. But when she applies for the manager position and is passed over yet again for a white guy with a college degree, she feels like she is stuck in her job, especially with her 40th birthday just approaching. When the son of her best friend Joan (Leah Remini), Dilly (Dalton Harrod) applies for a job in her name at a big company and she actually gets an interview, Maya goes there without much hope. To her surprise she finds not only that she actually gets the job, but that Dilly created a completely fake CV for her. Despite this, Maya decides to go for the new job and prove herself.

Second Act has a lot of charm, but unfortunately not a lot of coherence and it doesn’t even seem to know what story it wants to tell. Nevertheless, I did enjoy most of it.

The film poster showing Maya (Jennifer Lopez) in a business outfit standing in a skyscraper.
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Unicorn Store (2017)

Unicorn Store
Director: Brie Larson
Writer: Samantha McIntyre
Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Joan Cusack, Bradley Whitford, Mamoudou Athie, Hamish Linklater, Martha MacIsaac, Karan Soni, Annaleigh Ashford, Ryan Hansen, Mary Holland
Seen on: 13.4.2019
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Plot:
Kit (Brie Larson) is in her 20s, but would rather dream of rainbows and unicorns than grow up. She thought she could do just that in art school, but when she gets kicked out there, she has to return home to her parents (Joan Cusack, Bradley Whitford) and figure out what other options she may have. While she is doing that, she starts working as a temp in a rather boring office. Just when Kit is about to give up on her dreams, she meets the Salesman (Samuel L. Jackson). He promises to fulfill her biggest wish: should she prove to be worthy, she can have a unicorn all of her own.

Unicorn Store is very twee – with that plot it would be hard to be anything else. Your appreciation of it will probably depend on how much you like this tweeness. I quite liked and enjoyed the film, although I’m not exactly falling over myself in enthusiasm.

The film poster showing Kit (Brie Larson) lying on grass in a rainbow sweater covered in colorful paint.
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