Second Act

Second Act Information

Second Act is an upcoming American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal and written by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham. It stars Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini, Annaleigh Ashford, Dan Bucatinsky, Freddie Stroma, Milo Ventimiglia, Treat Williams and Larry Miller, and follows an under-achieving 40-year-old mother who gets a second chance at a corporate career after creating a fake resume. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 21, 2018.


A woman stuck in a low-paying job gets a chance to fulfill her career ambitions when a private finance firm is misled into believing that she's an accomplished consultant and hires her to handle a major business deal.



In June 2017, Jennifer Lopez signed on to star. In October 2017, Leah Remini, Annaleigh Ashford, Vanessa Hudgens, Dan Bucatinsky and Freddie Stroma joined the cast of the film. In November 2017, Milo Ventimiglia, Treat Williams, Larry Miller, Dave Foley, Charlyne Yi and Alan Aisenberg joined the cast of the film.


Principal photography began on October 23, 2017, in Queens, New York and has continued in The Bronx and Manhattan, including Michael Jordan's Steakhouse in Grand Central Terminal. Filming wrapped on December 15, 2017.


On September 21, 2018, Sia was announced as the composer for the original song "Limitless", produced by Jesse Shatkin and performed by Lopez. On October 9, 2018, Lopez performed the song at the American Music Awards.


Second Act was initially scheduled to be released in the United States by STXfilms on November 21, 2018, but in September 2018, following "incredible" test screenings, it was moved to December 14, before being moved again to December 21, 2018.


Box office projections

In the United States and Canada, Second Act will be released alongside Aquaman, Welcome to Marwen and Bumblebee, and is projected to gross $10-13 million over its five-day opening weekend.

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 57% based on 7 reviews, and an average rating of 5.5/10.

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