Second Best

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: +1

SECOND BEST is the gripping story of two people who are dealing with their memories of the past in order to make sense of the present. Set in England, the story opens with 5 year old Jimmy (Nathan Yapp) being kidnapped by his father. They escape into the woods in order to elude the police. Soon Jimmy's father sees the strain this is putting on his son and turns himself into the police. Jimmy is then put in a foster home where he is adopted by Gram Holt (William Hurt). Even though Gram is a nerd, he has a big heart and tries to care for troubled Jimmy. Gram has his own set of troubles to deal with, however, when his invalid father passes away. Gram then begins to deal with the pain of a father who never accepted him. As Jimmy comforts Gram, their relationship begins to deepen. But when Jimmy's father unexpectedly shows up, Jimmy finally faces his past and remembers why his father was sent to prison. Even though nerdy Gram Holt is not Jimmy's first choice for a father, he delivers all the love and compassion the young boy needs. This unlikely pair make for an inspiring story which will encourage those who have ever needed the courage to face pain in their life.

SECOND BEST gets past the usual two-dimensional Hollywood treatments about child abuse, and shows the real pain of real people behind the problem.With only one lewd reference to sex, this film is surprisingly free of the usual Hollywood dose of foul language. Throughout the film, Jimmy experiences flashbacks about his mother. Gradually, they become more and more complete until he remembers her fate. On a few occasions, Jimmy inflicts pain upon himself through self-mutilation. Viewers should be aware of the intense nature of these troubling scenes, but also be aware that they do serve a purpose. They vividly display the depth of pain a child feels who has been abandoned and abused by his father. SECOND BEST is not for the young, but adults will be touched by this story of Gram Holt's compassion.

Preview Reviewer: Krista Kay Bontrager
Warner Brothers, 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Once (slang reference to sex)

Profanity: None

Violence: Several times - Moderate and severe (self mutilation when boy pounds hand with hammer, cuts self with knife, branch and fingernails; flashbacks of implied murder, quick shot of bath tub filled with blood)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: Destruction of property by boy due to fits of anger

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Intended Audience: Adults

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