Yes! Jennifer Lopez Is Back To RomComs And We Can’t Wait For This One
By Yolanda Rodriguez
The trailer for Jennifer Lopez’s new movie Second Act recently launched and seeing her in a comedy again feels so right. Sources have called this movie a romantic comedy and though the trailer gives strong Maid in Manhattan vibes, it’s not quite clear yet how this might be a romcom. Nevertheless, it’s great to see our leading Latina back on the big screen!
Second Act stars Lopez as Maya Vargas, who’s worked at a big-box store for the past 15 years. Enough is enough for Maya when she’s passed up for a major promotion in favor of a candidate with a college degree. She’s determined to prove that street smarts are just as valuable as book smarts when she manages to land an executive position at another company. Her boyfriend is played by Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us, Gilmore Girls) and from the snippets in the trailer, he’s a supportive, loving partner, which is enough for now to swoon over.
With the burst of romantic comedies that have been released recently, there continues to be a lack of diversity in lead characters. We need more of these wonderfully cheesy and romantic movies starring women of color. Here’s a rundown of the romantic comedies Jennifer Lopez has starred in that we definitely need more of today.
Mary Fiore is a successful wedding planner who creates the most gorgeous, elaborate weddings, though she herself is not married. After celebrating landing a major account, she’s saved in a near-death experience by Dr. Steve Edison (Matthew McConaughey). Through some coercion of Mary’s best friend, they spend the evening together watching a classic movie in the park and dance under the stars. Their ultimate meet cute and almost romance comes to a halt when Mary discovers that she is in midst of planning Dr. Steve’s wedding. For the sake of her career, Mary can’t pursue a romantic relationship with him. Granted this is an awfully tricky situation in which an engaged man to leave his fiance and marry his wedding planner, but you root for it anyway because of that dance under the stars. The magic of romantic comedies is that you root for the impossible, even if it involves some questionable circumstances.
Single mother Marisa Ventura works as a maid at a fancy hotel in Manhattan, but after trying on an expensive, luxurious suit in a suite she gets mistaken for being a guest by campaigning politician Chris Marshall (Ralph Fiennes). Marisa does try to avoid seeing Chris, but the two keep running into each other and start to fall in love. In keeping up with this charade, Marisa gets through obstacles with the help of the hotel staff. With the class differences between the two, even if Chris doesn’t know it, the movie does touch on important issues. It’s certainly not Marisa’s job to teach this politician about his privilege, but getting him to open his eyes to the real needs of the community is a great start. Despite the fact that Marisa’s character is a stereotype, she’s an empowered woman who works hard to provide for her son (played by a young, adorable Tyler Posey) and become a manager.
Charlie lives a carefree life working as a temp at various jobs. When she runs into Dr. Kevin Fields (Michael Vartan) a few times, she takes it as a sign and says yes to going out with him. The two quickly fall in love and move in together. All the while, Kevin’s mother Viola Fields (Jane Fonda), a disgraced talk show host, gets released from rehab and doesn’t believe Charlie is the right woman for her son. Thinking she’s just another girlfriend Kevin will eventually get over, she puts on the charade of being lovely and getting along with Charlie. Kevin is thrilled that the two most important women in his life are bonding and decides to propose to Charlie. The wonderful thing about Charlie and Kevin’s romance is how easy the falling in love part is for them. The real obstacle comes into play when the future mother-in-law gets involved and tries to drive Charlie away.
Zoe is a pet shop owner with great friends and a great life. The one thing she’s missing is that she’s always wanted kids and since she’s yet to meet the one, Zoe decides to take things in her own hands by getting artificially inseminated. Feeling great about her decision, she never would have expected that same day she’d meet Stan (Alex O'Loughlin) who turns out to be the perfect guy. After finding out she is pregnant, with twins nonetheless, the two continue dating while navigating their upcoming parenthood. It’s the impossible “this would never actually happen in real life” circumstances that makes this a fun watch. Don’t think about it too much. Just go with it and the cheesiness. Literally because Stan’s character makes and sell cheese. Too on the nose? Maybe.