New Sam Huntingon comedy Second Nature, directed and co-written by Michael Cross, will get a wide release this September through Nicholas Gyeney’s Mirror Images LTD.
The movie stars Interstellar’s Collette Wolfe and revolves around Amanda (Wolfe) who uses a magic mirror to reverse the gender roles in her small town, she gains the upper hand on her womanizing opponent, Bret (Huntington). As each experiences life in the other’s shoes, they must decide which reality they prefer before they’re stuck in the flipped world forever.
Second Nature is certainly a breath of comedic fresh air. It’s rare that I even get sent a comedy screener to review at the moment. It’s all horror and action movies for the most part, so that in itself was a refreshing change of pace. Second Nature has a very endearing quality to it that sucks you in and allows you to kick back, relax and have fun.
After the magic of the mirror has taken hold the whole town is affected. We have women who now play the chauvinistic ‘typical male’ roles and the men who are putting on makeup, getting pedicures and becoming very sensitive over material things. Although this is a dramatisation and a very stereotypical look at male vs female personality traits I still had a great time. It was hilarious to see these grown men going out to get pedicures, putting on makeup and littering their office desk with cat pictures.
There are many role reversal movies out there, Freaky Friday is the first movie that comes to mind but it’s nice to see the two leads of the movie unaffected by the reversal. It was interesting to see how they adapted to their new surroundings with Amanda (Wolfe) being the level headed female who’s friends are now sexist, machismo ladies. Then there is Bret (Huntington) who is a sexist pig who finds himself now surrounded by sensitive male friends and his beloved bar Honkers is now Peckers. The local towns hunky male hangout.
Second Nature is the kind of movie that will anger those sign holding tree huggers, but for me it was lighthearted, good natured fun. It reminded me of the films just before the Christmas holiday TV film schedule. Those films that allow you to escape, to have a good time and are actually solid pieces of enjoyable entertainment that shy away from the Hollywood light and stand alone in their own greatness.
Hats off to everyone involved. I fell in love with Second Nature and I’d love to see it again sometime soon!