Second Chances (2013) – Romantic Drama about Finding True Love

Monday, June 4, 2018

Second Chances (2013) – Romantic Drama about Finding True Love

Even when Hallmark produces films that take a weightier stance, there is still that magical quality one cannot help but love. Such is the case with Second Chances, a romantic drama that finds itself through a few detours.

Though her life hasn’t been smooth, single mom Jennifer McLean (Alison Sweeney) has a full and happy life. She keeps busy as a 911 operator and her two kids – Elsie, and Luke, keep her laughing. When her hours are unexpectedly cut, Jenny is forced to creatively think of a way to supplement her income. Her solution? Rent the spare bedroom in her house – all, of course, with her kid’s agreement; they’ll pick the tenant together she tells them.


They approve an ideal tenant sooner than expected when “Cowboy,” the firemen Jenny sometimes chats with over the radio, walks through their front door. While responding to a fire, Jeff (Greg Vaugh) is injured and needs a temporary place to recuperate. As Jenny discovers, Jeff is not just a dedicated firemen, he’s also a man whose past isn’t so different from her own story.

Though it premiered a number of years ago, when I ran across a re-air of this one, I had a vague memory of talking about it with a friend on Twitter. Naturally, my DVR schedule immediately found a time slot for Second Chances, and then I again forgot about it. Recently I rediscovered it was sitting pretty on the DVR. Then I eagerly watched it in anticipation of it being another winner.

Though some of us will prefer the lighter, “fluffier” romances Hallmark tends to put out (on Hallmark Channel), this story is absolutely wonderful. I cannot express how impressive this story is. I’m not using this qualifying word in the same way I would use it for the latest sci-fi epic. Nonetheless, this film impresses. I adored everything about it, predictable let’s-break-up-ten-minutes-before-credits-roll and all.

The chemistry between the cast is easy-going which makes the film that much lovelier for us to experience. The relationships are romantic and adorable. I love the relationship progression between Jenny and Jeff, and am given the chance to appreciate it since no specific time line is discuss. (By this I mean these two could get to know one another for 2 months or longer. It’s only limits is our perception or imagination.) Then there are the kids – who, lest you think otherwise, are adorable! The young stars do a fabulous job with their characters who not only have fun screen time with Jeff, they also earn their own subplot that’s as cute as it is heartwarming.

In case the words above don’t convey this, I’ll end by saying Second Chances is wonderful. From the story's poignant scenes to the lighter romantic moments, everything about the film is, in my book perfect.

 Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press

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