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  • Summary: The Second Chance is a film about two men - one from a white church in the well-to-do suburbs and one from a black church in the inner-city projects. Although founded by the same man, each church manifests its mission in a very different way. This film authentically tells the story of how a rebellious son and a street-smart pastor struggle to bridge the gap between their respective churches and cultures. More importantly, at its core, The Second Chance is about being willing to step outside your comfort zone and serve where you are called. (Provident Films LLC) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    The crisply made feature delivers an involving if not always persuasive portrait of religious leaders in conflict.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Startlingly direct if unavoidably preachy, The Second Chance takes aim at Christianity's racial divide and the corporatization of faith. Its message is simple: being a Christian requires more than just dropping a check in the collection plate every Sunday morning.
  3. 60
    A movie-of-the-week treatment of race and class, the film credibly portrays the day-to-day workings of an urban ministry.
  4. Competently directed by Christian music producer Steve Taylor, it's 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Thilk
    There are a lot of good messages in The Second Chance about how Christianity is a mix of love, both gentle and tough. Some of those, unfortunately, are lost in the uneven performances.
  6. 50
    As a film, 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.
  7. 50
    Its message is sugarcoated in a schmaltzy, clich├ęd story line about Smith's conflicts with streetwise black minister (Jeff Obafemi Carr) - and sabotaged by hackneyed dialogue, sluggish pacing and a listless performance by Smith, who only springs to life when he's singing.
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  1. M.Stover
    Feb 20, 2006
    Very well done. Shows the basics of Christianity and Humanity. Very good message for today's Society!
  2. KentA.
    Feb 28, 2006
    other than a few cliched characters, a well made and persuasive film.
  3. Michelle
    Feb 18, 2006
    Great message needed for the church. Highly recommed for all Christians in the US.
  4. BR.
    Dec 5, 2006
    Very, very slow - disappointing since it was Steve Taylor making it. Michael W. Smith is a performer not an actor. It was very bad - frankly embarassing - the only bright light was the inner city pastor - other than that a bad MOW. Expand
  5. KennethW.
    Feb 22, 2006
    Dry and bland, not because of the plot, nor because of the message, but soley because of the acting of Michael W. Smith.