Second Nature Movie Review: Could You Handle An Upside Down World?

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YBLTV Movie Review: Second Nature

Second Nature is so light-hearted and yet still so eye-opening, I hope everyone gets a chance to see it.

  • A universal flip that could bring women immense delight, while causing men great distress
  • Light-hearted, eye-opening
  • Role-reversal is portrayed very clearly
  • Some may prefer more traditional roles rather than role-reversal
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YBLTV Movie Review: Second Nature

From Cross Films Director, Michael Cross comes Second Nature, where we find ourselves in one of many small towns, in which everyone knows everyone else’s business. The town mayor dies, and elections are on the calendar. The female protagonist is Amanda Maxwell, played by Collette Wolfe (Interstellar, Hot Tub Time Machine). The male counterpart Bret Johnson, a womanizer portrayed by Sam Huntington (Superman Returns, Sully). This is where the typical mayoral race ends however.

The Setup

Imagine waking up from a night at the bar, and your entire world is flipped on its head: women are the masculine, dominant gender, while men find themselves being seen as pieces of meat. This universal flip presents Amanda and Bret with an unusual perspective on life. A world where women are now construction workers hold doors open for men. Men find themselves working at places akin to Honkers.

Second Nature. Cross Films.

Second Nature. Cross Films.


On it’s face, this universal flip could bring women immense delight, while causing men great distress. The shoe finally on the other foot, as the saying goes. It isn’t until Bret finds himself at a bar being pressured to make out with another guy, that this reality truthfully hits home for him. Now that they both have an idea of what has happened, they have to figure out how to fix it.

Both parties have had a chance to see the world from the other person’s side. Now they have to figure out how to get back to the reality they call home. Or will they? Amanda is living in a world where women have the run of things, while Bret is freaking out and cannot wait to rush back home.

“Second Nature is so light-hearted and yet still so eye-opening, I hope everyone gets a chance to see it.” – Patrick Mackey, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer @mackeyp42

From time to time, cinema have portrayed this role-reversal, though few have displayed it so clearly. From the portrayal of men being much more emotional to the reversal of this world’s Honkers restaurant.

In this new world, no one listens to men, and what a woman says is like gold. While this may be a light-hearted comedy film, I would urge everyone that has the chance, to see this film.

Director/Producer/Co-Writer, Michael Cross of Cross Films truly has a way of making you aware of the inequalities in the world, while still able to sit back and have a good laugh at ourselves.

YBLTV Writer / Reviewer, Patrick Mackey reviews Cross Films' Second Nature.

YBLTV Writer / Reviewer, Patrick Mackey reviews Cross Films’ Second Nature.

Final Thoughts

Based on the caliber of this film, I look forward to seeing what else Cross Films comes up with. The fact that Second Nature is so light-hearted and yet still so eye-opening, I hope the popularity of this film is wide spread. While never a simple topic it seems, equality is something that is well-deserved across more than just gender. We simply have to convince the right people of this same idea. Be sure to check out the cast and crew of Second Nature and also visit Second Nature on Facebook.



Genre: Comedy
Studio: Cross Films
Starring: Collette Wolfe, Sam Huntington
Directed By: Michael Cross
Screenplay By: Michael Cross, JC Ford and Edi Zanidache
Produced By: Nicholas Gyeney, Michael Cross, Susan LaSalle

Second Nature, which premiered at the Napa Valley Film Festival, marks the feature debut of Michael Cross.

Theatrically, the film opens September 8 in theaters (beginning with Ark Lodge Cinemas, Seattle). It will also play at the Catalina Film Festival (Sep 27-October 1) and Ellensburg Film Festival (October 6-8).

Second Nature will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, Blu-ray and DVD on September 19.


Disclosure of Material Connection: YBLTV Writer / Reviewer, Patrick Mackey received a copy of the film, Second Nature from Cross Films in consideration for a Product Review.