The Second Chance

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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?

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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.

    Feb 21, 2006

    Justin Chang

    Top Critic
  • [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.

    Feb 17, 2006 | Rating: 2/5
  • [The film is] sabotaged by hackneyed dialogue, sluggish pacing and a listless performance by Smith, who only springs to life when he's singing.

    Feb 17, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
  • A movie-of-the-week treatment of race and class, the film credibly portrays the day-to-day workings of an urban ministry.

    Feb 17, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not the message that bothered me but the obvious way in which it's delivered.

    Feb 17, 2006 | Rating: C+
  • Second Chance delivers its parable of spiritual growth with enough tender nuance that it doesn't merely preach to the choir.

    Feb 17, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for The Second Chance

  • May 13, 2008
    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 A Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2007
    Standard film, mediocre, nothing further, worth one watch or two.
    Alexander C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2006
    A modest Jesus-fish-out-of-water story.
    Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2006
    Pretty Well done, good message and not dumbed down... i liked it
    Super Reviewer

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