The Second Chance (2006)



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Ethan Jenkins and Jake Sanders are pastors who come from very different backgrounds. White and well-to-do Ethan is comfortable in his music ministry at media-savvy suburban mega-church The Rock; Jake is a street-smart African-American who ministers to the gang members, teen mothers and drug addicts of the urban Second Chance. When the two men are suddenly thrown together in a tough neighborhood and forced to work side by side, Ethan discovers there is no boundary between the streets and the sanctuary. But, can the faith these two men share overcome the prejudices that divide them to give themselves and a struggling urban church a second chance?
PG-13 (for some drug references)
Drama , Faith & Spirituality
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Michael W. Smith
as Ethan Jenkins
Jeff Obafemi Carr
as Jake Sanders
J. Don Ferguson
as Jeremiah Jenkins
Lisa Arrindell Anderson
as Amanda Sanders
David Alford
as Parker Richards
Kenda Benward
as Valerie
Calvin Hobson
as Julius
Shirley Cody
as Miss Burdoe
Peggy Walton-Walker
as Claudia Jenkins
Kobie Jarmon
as Charday Sanders
Erin Hemphill
as Payton Sanders
Yuri Cunza
as Javier
Rico Moody
as Jonesy
JD Parker
as Tiki
Todd Matt Chiorini
as Rock Board Member
Big Fella
as Trina's Pimp
Dale Thompson
as Police Chief Ken
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Critic Reviews for The Second Chance

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

As divided as the two very different churches at its center, The Second Chance reps an uneasy marriage of spiritual conviction and dramatic expedience.

Full Review… | February 21, 2006
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[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.

February 17, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
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[The film is] sabotaged by hackneyed dialogue, sluggish pacing and a listless performance by Smith, who only springs to life when he's singing.

February 17, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

A movie-of-the-week treatment of race and class, the film credibly portrays the day-to-day workings of an urban ministry.

Full Review… | February 17, 2006
Los Angeles Times
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It's not the message that bothered me but the obvious way in which it's delivered.

February 17, 2006
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Second Chance delivers its parable of spiritual growth with enough tender nuance that it doesn't merely preach to the choir.

February 17, 2006
Denver Post
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Audience Reviews for The Second Chance


I love the arogance of the pastors, the leasson they learned: "love your enemy." The humility when they washed one another's feet. That part brought me to tears. I love how the white pastor was clueless and ignorant, caught up in his own little world, and the black pastor who cared deeply for the drug dealers and prostitutes.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

A modest Jesus-fish-out-of-water story.

William Goss
William Goss

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Pretty Well done, good message and not dumbed down... i liked it

Jay Runham
Jay Runham

Super Reviewer

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