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PG-13 (for some drug references)
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Directed By
Steve Taylor
Run Time
1 hour 42 minutes
Cast
Michael W. Smith, Jeff Obafemi Carr, J. Don Ferguson, Lisa Arrindell
Theatre Release
February 17, 2006 by Sony Pictures Entertainment

For about a dozen years—between the 1983 EP I Want to Be a Clone and the 1995 concert album Liver—Steve Taylor was the most energetic and unpredictable recording artist in contemporary Christian music. His cleverly-written, frequently satirical songs tackled political and cultural issues that no one else dared to touch, and they were absurdly funny, besides. His offbeat parables, like the one about the self-righteous ice-cream salesman who blows up abortion clinics, also got him into a lot of hot water with people who didn't understand the points he was trying to make. (No, Taylor was not in favor of bombings—quite the opposite.) Taylor was also one of the first CCM artists to produce music videos, and for some years he has talked about making a full-length movie.

Well, that movie is here now, and perhaps surprisingly, it is neither all that energetic nor all that unpredictable. Some Steve Taylor fans will approach The Second Chance with high expectations, but it probably works best if you don't come to it looking for a "Steve Taylor movie." The film does offer a critique of church culture, but without the absurdist satire; instead, it's a pretty straightforward story about two pastors who have almost nothing in common, except for their ties to a certain church. Pastor Ethan Jenkins (Michael W. Smith) is white, famous, and covered in the accoutrements of material success; while Pastor Jake Sanders (jeff obafemi carr) is black, not so famous, and works in the inner city. Naturally, there is friction between them, but as they spend time together, they come to a new understanding of each other—and along the way, there are opportunities for sermons, singing, and prayer meetings. It's like a Billy Graham ...

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