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PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 21 December 2018 (USA)
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A big box store worker reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lopez ... Maya
Vanessa Hudgens ... Zoe
Leah Remini ... Joan
Treat Williams ... Anderson Clarke
Milo Ventimiglia ... Trey
Annaleigh Ashford ... Hildy Ostrander
Charlyne Yi ... Ariana
Alan Aisenberg ... Chase
Freddie Stroma ... Ron Ebsen
Dave Foley ... Felix Herman
Larry Miller ... Weiskopf
Dierdre Friel ... Big Ant
Lacretta ... Suzi Teplitsky
Dan Bucatinsky ... Arthur Coyle
Dalton Harrod ... Dilly
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A big box store worker reinvents her life and her life-story and shows Madison Avenue what street smarts can do.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Her talent was real. Her resume was not. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some crude sexual references, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jefa por accidente See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,489,983, 23 December 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,922,241, 21 January 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,705,193, 17 January 2019
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Company Credits

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STX Entertainment See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

-Back to comedy:--After privileging the thriller and the thriller, such as The Boy Next Door (2015) or the series Shades of Blue (2016 - 2018), Jennifer Lopez returns to a genre she knows well, comedy. See more »

Quotes

Maya: I wish we lived in a world where street smarts equals book smarts.
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Soundtracks

Limitless
Written by Sia and Jesse Shatkin
Performed by Jennifer Lopez
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2 plots that don't go together
8 January 2019 | by HEFILMSee all my reviews

This film is sold as one thing but tries to be two which about ruins both. The story the film was sold on is about women in a dead end job who is given a chance at a big league job by a faked resume. But it's also got a very melodramatic/ soap opera story about the woman and her long lost daughter.

The movie also is rather cheap and video-looking, neither Lopez or Remini look particularly good, though Lopez is still playing a character ten years younger than she is--which she pulls off, I only mention this as it has the feel of a 90's cable tv movie.

Interactions with Remini and Lopez are good, probably the best thing about the movie actually, then again the focus of the film shifts to the melodrama lost child thing, of which Remini is virtually abscent from.

The director was well cast to direct this kind of film but his earlier films are much better and have a sense of being a complete movie that this one lacks.

Supporting characters are most cartoons and, in the faked resume portion of the film are funny enough.

Of course Lopez is a big glamorous star, so for her to pull off this 'working class' act is not easy, but she manages to do it--it's mostly free of star moments--she doesn't sing, isn't shot to show off her famous bottom, she does have one dance scene with friends but it seems realistic enough.

Treat Williams does well in the roll of a basically unconvincing 'good guy' mega corporation owner.

The whole idea of cramming a old hat and unconvincing mother/lost daughter movie into this one is a bad one. This is a film sold as one thing because what they aren't selling doesn't work.

Sad to say it on many levels is a LIFETIME level movie.


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