The Second Chance
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Two very different men are brought together and learn a mutually important lesson about the real function of a church in this drama. Ethan Jenkins (Michael W. Smith) is a man in his mid-thirties who after years of scuffling as a musician on the West Coast has decided to move back East and work with his father. As it happens, his father is Jeremiah Jenkins (J. Don Ferguson), a well known and respected minister who leads the flock at "The Rock," a massive "superchurch" where worship often looks more like a flashy multi-media presentation than a church service. Ethan becomes… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

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"As divided as the two very different churches at its center, The Second Chance reps an uneasy marriage of spiritual conviction and dramatic expedience."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"A movie-of-the-week treatment of race and class, the film credibly portrays the day-to-day workings of an urban ministry."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"A modern morality play whose positive messages are undercut by its pandering, paternalistic tone."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"It is earnest, cliched, often awkward and unlikely to inspire anyone who isn't already thoroughly sold on its message of salvation through community activism."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"[The film is] designed to launch Christian pop singer Michael W. Smith as a movie brand name. It doesn't really succeed at that, but it does manage to send a positive message in a pretty polished movie, a message aimed at regular church-goers."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It's not the message that bothered me but the obvious way in which it's delivered."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"This may be a church movie, but it's one of the better ones."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"... a sincerely (if not exactly subtly) performed spiritual drama with a faith-based lesson in humility and the practical charity of offering a helping hand."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"[The film is] sabotaged by hackneyed dialogue, sluggish pacing and a listless performance by Smith, who only springs to life when he's singing."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Second Chance delivers its parable of spiritual growth with enough tender nuance that it doesn't merely preach to the choir."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"There are a lot of good messages in The Second Chance about how Christianity is a mix of love, both gentle and tough."
‑ Chris Thilk, Film Threat
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