A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Those who work the hardest do the best. Bullies do damage.
Positive Role Models
Gymnasts and coaches work to overcome their fears and work harder. Maddy recognizes that her own fears affect the way she coaches her team. An Indigenous mom accuses judges who give her gymnast daughter low scores of racism. They deny it.
Violence & Scariness
Girls call another competitive junior gymnast "lumpy" and "ugly" online, leading her to have body image issues and stop eating enough, until a coach intervenes. Flashbacks to a gymnast's injuring fall play repeatedly through the action. Someone dies of an illness.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Second Chance: Rivals! is a sequel to the 2013 Australian gymnastics movie A 2nd Chance. For a look at agile girls flying through the air, this checks some boxes, and it addresses bullying on a superficial level. A girl suffers body image problems when bullying rival team members refer to her online as "lumpy" and "ugly," causing the beginning of an eating issue. An Indigenous mom complains that competition judges are racist, judging her daughter too harshly. These issues are all handled superficially. Without language, violence, and sexual situations, this will be appropriate for a young audience. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A Second Chance: Rivals! is utterly predictable but suitable for kids, and those interested in gymnastics may find it fun. On the scale of standards for dialogue, acting, and directing, this ranks low. All problems are solved a bit too easily. Bullies admit wrongdoing and apologize immediately. A girl developing an eating disorder simply agrees to end her body dysmorphia when someone tells her to. Girls who don't work hard enough just agree to work harder. Those who were enemies make up. If only life were this easy.
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