Thursday, August 7, 2014

A 2nd Chance (2011)

Number Rolled: 18
Movie Name/Year: A 2nd Chance (2011)
Genre: Drama
Length: 95 minutes
Rating: PG
Affiliated Companies: Warner Bros., Marvista Entertainment
Producer: Clay Glen, Sharyn Pancione
Director: Clay Glen
Writer: Clay Glen
Actors: Lilly Blacker, Nick Buckland, Chris Coleman, Alanah Gilbert, Carina Gun, Amy Handley, Cherylee Harris, Carter Hedges, Janet Jauncey, Carmel Johnson, Julie Kay Lamasag, Asha Lawson, Tamsyn Lewis, Dean Lukin, Elysia Markou, Emily Morris, Hapi Murphy, Sarah Murray, David O’Brien, Nina Pearce, Chris Remkes, Ruby-Mae Taras, Adam Tuominen, David Wilson, Aliante Youngdino

Maddy wants to be a gymnast, but she’s not nearly confident enough to get to the next level. When her original coach retires, a younger coach (Kate) takes her place. With a little ingenuity and a lot of team spirit, Maddy and her team begin to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Terrible. I know it’s supposed to be a kid’s movie and that may be why I think it’s terrible, but I’m not sure that’s it.

It’s no surprise that I’m a little iffy about child actors. The majority of them are trained to overact in order to hold the attention of their child audiences. That’s fine. To be honest, I think this is the first movie I've ever seen where the child actors under-reacted. I would have been less bored if I had been watching grass grow.

Karate Kid is the 'chicken' of movies. Almost everything tastes like it.
The storyline was fine enough; your basic recipe for an underdog, Karate Kid, plot. It might have even been tolerable if the director hadn't decided to screw up the scenes in editing.

The over-produced competition footage was like something they had me creating on an Amiga in my middle school computer class. I get what Clay Glen was trying to do; he was trying to add drama. In theory it might have even sounded good. In practice, however, it wound up being ridiculous, distracting and, all-in-all, a hot mess.

If you have kids they might like it, but if you can sit through even the first ten minutes with them without finding an excuse to go to the kitchen or something, you deserve a medal.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 68%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 2/5
Trust-the-Dice Score1/5

Movie Trailer: WARNING: This is one of those annoying movie trailers that shows you the ENTIRE ending. Best not to watch it if you intend to watch the actual movie.

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