The Second Chance (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  17 February 2006 (USA)
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Ethan Jenkins (Michael W. Smith) and Jake Sanders (introducing Jeff Obafemi Carr) are both passionate pastors who worship the same God from the same book--but that's where the similarity ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Jenkins
Jeff Obafemi Carr ...
Jake Sanders
J. Don Ferguson ...
Jeremiah Jenkins
Amanda Sanders
Parker Richards
Jonathan Thomas ...
Calvin Hobson ...
Bobby Daniels ...
Shirley Cody ...
Miss Burdoe
Claudia Jenkins (as Peggy Walton Walker)
Kobie Jarmon ...
Charday Sanders
Erin Hemphill ...
Payton Sanders


Ethan Jenkins (Michael W. Smith) and Jake Sanders (introducing Jeff Obafemi Carr) are both passionate pastors who worship the same God from the same book--but that's where the similarity ends. White and well-to-do Ethan is comfortable in his music ministry at the media-savvy suburban mega-church, The Rock; Jake is a street smart African-American who ministers to the gang members, teen mothers, and drug addicts of the urban Second Chance. When they are suddenly thrown together in a tough neighborhood and forced to work side by side, Ethan discovers there is no boundary between the streets and the sanctuary. But can the faith these two men share overcome the prejudices that divide them to give themselves and a struggling urban church a second chance? Written by Tracey Zemitis

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Same faith. Same city. Different worlds.



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Rated PG-13 for some drug references | See all certifications »


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17 February 2006 (USA)  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$226,712 (USA) (17 February 2006)


$432,253 (USA) (3 March 2006)

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Referenced in Four Kinds of Love (2014) See more »


Written by John Legend (as John Stephens), DeVon Harris and Paul Cho
Performed by John Legend
Courtesy of Getting Out Our Dreams/Sony Urban Music/Columbia by arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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More Powerful Ending
1 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had the opportunity to watch the movie, The Second Chance also. The movie does a good job of character and plot development but in my opinion and real-life experience the ENDING was inconclusive leaving the audience with a lack of a Powerful Heart wrenching FINALE. It realistically portrays today's inner city youths which should have ended with a more DYNAMIC positive MESSAGE. I believe that this movie contains a valuable and enjoyable message for the 21 century Church. It is a touching story of God's special calling 1st for Home Missions {Jerusalem & Samaria} and Christian love.

I offer myself free-lance {an inner city pastor with more than 15 yrs writing and producing Christian Plays} and your staff an opportunity to re-write the ending or create a sequel.

The ending shows Jeremiah Jenkins (J. Don Ferguson) with son Ethan (Michael W. Smith)& Pastor Jake (Carr) sitting on the roof of Second Chance Community Church to prevent the CITY contractor from demolition.

The movie could have ended several different ways. According to the commentary information, there was considerable discussion on how the film should end. The ending that was finally chosen again did not complete the Long Anticipated Climax. I heard that the film was shot entirely on location around Nashville about 1hr & 45 minutes away.

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