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A 2nd Chance

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Predictable, family-friendly sports movie addresses bullying

Movie NR 2013 90 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 6+


It is my daughter’s favorite movie
age 11+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (13 ):

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.

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