A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Although the overall message of the film is positive -- don't give up, believe in yourself, work hard to achieve your goals -- there are some mixed messages given by adults that negate some of the positive messages. Sally Peterson, one of the gymnastic judges, cheats on her ratings and only changes her behavior when she sees she'll be punished for it, a fact the film seems to gloss over. And Kate praises one of the kids for being cruel to Chelsea, the film's resident bad girl, not seeming to realize how hypocritical her behavior is. But, overall, the film emphasizes standing up for yourself.
Positive Role Models
Although Kate isn't always the best role model, she does use the mistakes she's made in her past to help guide Maddy not to give up, to have a strong heart, and to stay true to herself.
Violence & Scariness
It's mentioned that Maddy's mom died when she was younger. It's also shown in flashbacks that a girl falls and becomes paralyzed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kate and Shane are shown kissing and hugging, and a few chaste kisses on the cheek are shown among the younger characters. Budding sexuality also is explored as Maddy is shown stuffing her bra, and some of the characters flirt with each other.
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Although no actual profanity is used, there is quite a bit of mean-girl behavior with characters calling each other names such as "cow" and "witch." An adult also calls another adult a "prat."
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Products & Purchases
Characters are shown eating at McDonald's more than once.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Shane and Kate are shown drinking wine at a restaurant.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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