Second Chance

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Ethan jenkins and jake sanders are both passionate pastors who worship the same god from the same book - but that's where the similarity ends. They're thrown together in a tough neighborhood and forced to work side by side. Can they're faith help them overcome their prejudices and give a struggling church a chance?

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 202598601
UPC 043396144903
UPC 14 00043396144903
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Christianity
Gospel
Music (General)
Poverty
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Acclaimed Christian rock singer Michael W. Smith stars in this uplifting drama about an idealistic associate minister named Ethan, who works at a well-to do Tennessee Ministry run by his father (J. Don Ferguson). The ministry seems to be more interested in opening up new churches in other countries than it is in taking care of its own African-American poor right there in Tennessee, much to the chagrin of Jake (Jeff Obafemi Carr) who runs the struggling inner-city ministry named the Second Chance. He's dealing with helping prostitutes, drug addicts and the homeless, and all the charity donations aren't enough; these people need emotional support to stand on their feet, not hand outs. When Ethan lets him tell off the congregation (on television, no less), the "Rock Star" minister is sent to work with Jake at the Second Chance. Of course the pair are bound to butt heads at first, but the deeply felt humanity they share is just as bound to manifest sooner or later. Director Steven Tyler mixes some good urban grit and hope into the formula and it's refreshing that no one character is free of flaws or all bad--everyone's got problems and the miracle comes from working together and forgiving rather than smiting the evildoers or passing judgement. This will be a must-see for Christian audiences, but anyone with a heart should be able to relate and glean a lot from its message of humility and brotherhood. Smith also did the score, and there are several of his songs featured.
Directors
Steve Taylor
Actors
Name Smith,Michael W.
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Ben Pearson - Cinematographer
Chip Arnold, et. al. - Writer
David Alford - Actor
J. Clarke Gallivan, et . al. - Producer
Jeff Obafemi Carr - Actor
Lisa Arrindell Anderson - Actor
Matthew Sterling - Editor
Michael W. Smith - Actor
Steve Taylor - Director
Tai Anderson, et. al. - Original Music By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 14490
UPC 00043396144903
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review Wrestling the good book from the hands of Mammon and dragging wealthy believers back to first principles can be an uphill job. So in The Second Chance, two young pastors from opposite ends of the economic spectrum join forces to combat urban rot the old-fashioned way: with hands-on assistance and plenty of singing...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.
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Reviewer Jeannette Catsoulis
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Variety.com
Review As divided as the two very different churches at its center, "The Second Chance" reps an uneasy marriage of spiritual conviction and dramatic expedience. Ambitious and sincere in the concerns it addresses -- specifically, the challenges facing inner-city ministries and the human pettiness that hinders the gospel's social-justice mandate -- the crisply made feature delivers an involving if not always persuasive portrait of religious leaders in conflict.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Justin Chang
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, French, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Smith,Michael W.
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times ...the film credibly portrays the day-to-day workings of an urban ministry.
Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...a sincerely performed spiritual drama...
TV Guide ...you can't help but be moved by this film and it's earnest message.

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