This goofy comedy-fantasy, filmed entirely in Ellensburg, focuses on two young adults competing for mayor of a small town. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4.
Filmed entirely in Ellensburg, the goofy comedy-fantasy “Second Nature” stars Collette Wolfe and Sam Huntington as young adults competing to be the mayor of a small town.
Uncertain about their gender roles, especially when a magic mirror turns up to confuse things, they’re accompanied on their Oz-like journey by a cranky grandmother, a comic foil, an intern and various other characters.
The director and co-writer, Michael Cross, grew up in Ellensburg, and the movie has a weirdly authentic small-town tone. The heightened mixture of theatrical effects recalls the “Midsummer Night’s Dream” fantasy, “Were the World Mine.”
Movie Review ★★½
‘Second Nature,’ with Collette Wolfe, Sam Huntington. Directed by Michael Cross, from a screenplay by Cross, J.C. Ford and Edi Zanidache. 80 minutes. Not rated; for mature audiences (contains raunchy language). Ark Lodge Cinemas.
What it doesn’t have is much of a story, though the actors seem to be having a ball. Wolfe, who had a role in “Interstellar,” brings star power to her key scenes. Balancing their act by adding a touch of skepticism is Huntington, who recently turned up in “Sully.”
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Most of the actors appear in a City Hall meeting that’s a canny mixture of satire and slapstick. It’s the best scene in the picture. And the funniest.
Cross occasionally lets their more promising moments go slack. The staging of a few scenes suggests home-movie limitations. But enthusiasm counts for a great deal in a project as ambitious and strange as “Second Nature.”