Second Nature (2017)

Director: Michael Cross

Writer: Michael Cross, J.C. Ford, Edi Zanidache (Screenplay)

Starring: Collette Wolfe, Sam Huntington, Carollani Sandberg, Carolyn Cox, Riley Shanahan


Plot: A woman and man compete in an unusual race for mayor when gender roles magically reverse.

Tagline – What if everything… FLIPPED?

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Big Scale Body Swapping Comedy


Story: Second Nature starts when a small town’s mayor is killed in a car crash, (well this doesn’t sound like a comedy) ultra-cocky Bret Johnson (Huntington) plays on running for mayor but Amanda Maxwell (Wolfe) wants to change the town for the better place but lacks the charisma Bret has.

When the two get into an argument things chance and Bret and Amanda see things very different as town finds themselves swapping sexes with the men acting like women and women acting like men, apart from Bret and Amanda. The two must put aside their differences to figure out why everything has been changed in history so women were the pioneers and men seek equal rights.


Thoughts on Second Nature


Characters – Amanda Maxwell has always been trying to fight for her people, be it school or in adult life her town, she wants to run for the vacant mayor role but after her argument with Bret finds herself leaving in a role versed world. Bret Johnson is the cocky guy in town always overshadowing Amanda and would easily be considered the favourite for the mayor job, but when he has the argument with Amanda he finds himself in a world where men are the second-class citizens to women. The town’s people all add to the comedy in the world swapped sexes.

PerformancesCollette Wolfe and Sam Huntington are both great in the leading roles, the bounce off each other very we and pull off the comedy required for the roles. the supporting cast all get extra laughs for the main story.

StoryThe story revolves around the idea the history of the world is swapped so women were the dominate sex while men are looking to get equal rights, so you can see where most of the comedy comes and how two main characters haven’t swapped with what they know. This idea has been done with just the main characters swapping plenty of times but going to a world change does feel original spin on it all. The story does address the real-world situation of not both sexes being equal and also tackles how people can be elected mayor.

ComedyThe comedy comes from seeing the reversal of sexes dealing with the harassment the other would be used to, be it that Hooters turns in Peckers or a male intern hitting on Amanda.

SettingsThe small-town setting shows us how the people of the town know who the people are so any change raising eyebrows.

Scene of the Movie –
The morning after.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Certain references are overly cliched.

Final ThoughtsThis is a surprisingly entertain comedy, as we know I am not a comedy fan normally, this hit the right marks to tell an important story and get the laughs needed.


Overall: Comedy that elects the laughs.