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On Thursday, STX Entertainment released the first trailer for Second Act, starring Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini.
The Peter Segal-directed comedy stars Lopez as a 40-something retail worker trying to reinvent herself. Other castmembers include Vanessa Hudgens, Annaleigh Ashford, Freddie Stroma, Dan Bucatinsky and Milo Ventimiglia.
Second Act follows Maya (Lopez), who struggles to find happiness in her professional life as employers regularly overlook her because she lacks a college degree. She is hired for a high-paying job after learning that a friend updated her résumé with a number of lies, which forces her into living two dramatically different lives.
The trailer opens with Maya complaining that every manager at her company has a college degree. “Do you ever look at your life and wonder how you got there?” she asks as she takes a subway and bus to get to work at a big box store in New York City. “If you made different choices, would you be happier?”
When Maya’s college-educated co-worker is given a promotion that she deserves, her frustrations with her current work life become clear.
After getting an unexpected job offer at a fancy Manhattan firm, she learns that a friend created a fake résumé and qualifications to make her more appealing. While she is initially upset about the lie, she soon takes her new identity in stride.
To fit in with her professional persona, Maya buys an updated and more chic wardrobe. In addition to an office with a view of the Manhattan skyline, Maya is also given a new apartment and credit card.
As she becomes more comfortable with her new lifestyle, her friends begin to point out that she might be forgetting who she really is. “Don’t confuse this Facebook thing with who you really are,” warns Joan (Remini).
Maya faces some obstacles throughout the trailer, like having to speak Mandarin with a client after claiming she speaks the language on her résumé. She also makes some friends in her new life, including her younger co-worker Zoe (Hudgens). “I really admire you,” says Zoe. “You’re kind of who I want to be when I grow up.”
Second Act will hit theaters on Nov. 21. Watch the trailer below.
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