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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that A 2nd Chance is an Australian made-for-TV movie about the world of junior gymnastics. Although it's a fairly clean and inspiring tale about overcoming obstacles to do your best, it does show some elements geared toward older tweens such as bullying and mean-girl behavior. There's no swearing, but adults and kids call each other nasty names such as "prat" and "witch." An adult couple hugs and kisses, and adolescent girls explore their sexuality through flirting, kissing, and one girl stuffing her bra.
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What's the story?
Hiding from the pain of secrets in her own gymnastics past, Kate (Nina Pearce) reluctantly takes over the middle school gymnastics team after their coach falls ill. The three gymnasts are struggling to compete against a rival team full of mean girls who pick on them at school, especially on Maddy (Emily Morris), the shyest but most talented of the group. With the help of fellow coach Shane (Adam Tuominen), Kate works to help the girls make it to the Australian Nationals gymnastics competition, while also trying to make amends with Sally Peterson (Amy Handley), current gymnastics judge and former friend.
Is it any good?
Although A 2ND CHANCE isn't a bad movie, it's not really very memorable. It has most of the elements seen in most sports movies (the underdog who overcomes obstacles, the glamorous rival who's not as confident as she seems), but it doesn't really bring anything new to the table. The acting also feels a bit amateurish -- especially from the adults -- and the dialogue is a bit clunky at times.
Young kids will probably enjoy the scenes showing gymnastics routines, though they often have so many cuts, effects, and angle changes that you don't really get to see the full routine. And parents will probably enjoy the message about not giving up just because others say you can't do it. But they may find issue with Kate, who is a somewhat flawed role model. She spends a lot of the film bemoaning her own problems and doesn't always make the best choices. Overall, it's a fairly clean family film that makes for an enjoyable watch, but it may not warrant a repeat view.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about bullying. Why do you think Chelsea and her friends chose to pick on Maddy? Have you experienced bullying?
Do you think you have to like gymnastics to enjoy the movie? Or are there universal themes that everyone can relate to?
What's your favorite sports movie? Why is it your favorite?
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