Secondhand Lions (2003)
In this family-friendly comedy drama, Walter (Haley Joel Osment) is a shy and bookish boy just short of his teens whose mother impulsively decides to leave him for the summer with his eccentric grand-uncles, Hub (Robert Duvall) and Garth (Michael Caine). Walter isn't especially happy about being left in the middle of Texas with two old men, while Hub and Garth aren't too pleased to be stuck minding a boy, especially one who isn't accustomed to hunting, fishing, or firearms. When Walter starts hearing local gossip about his uncles' wild and wooly pasts, he begins asking a few questions, and while Hub and Garth don't enjoy having the boy poking into their pasts, as they start telling tales of their youthful adventures, they find themselves itching for some new adventures in their lives. Soon Walter is a semi-willing accomplice as his elderly guardians rediscover the wild, impulsive spirit of youth. Secondhand Lions was produced in part by the well-respected visual effects house Digital Domain, who also helped create the imagery for the film's flashback sequences. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Secondhand Lions
... Michael Caine is badly miscast in this movie. I didn't believe him for one second in that role.
Of little interest to anyone except those who thought Air Bud was too smutty.
It's pretty appalling, and it's boring.
Secondhand Lions manages to squander the services of seasoned vets Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, and promising newcomer Haley Joel Osment, with a tale that is dramatically false and disturbingly vicious.
Secondhand Lions is a movie you want to believe in -- original ideas, acclaimed actors -- but McCanlies uses too many broad strokes when subtlety and finesse would have had greater impact.
...may wander near and far, mixing down-home hokum with gushy sentiment, yet it generally succeeds in winning us over.
Duval and Caine make the film watchable, but there's too much gunplay for the movie to truly be the child-friendly entertainment that it pretends.
Lions will appeal to a more mature audience because of the solid acting duo of Caine and Duvall. It will also appeal to children because of its almost mythological feel.
[Most family films] aim too low, so perhaps there should be hearty applause for one that tries to do too much good in its small space of time.
My only reservation about Caine is his less than credible Texas accent, especially since his brother's is so pronounced.
To see Osment react to a door closing is akin to watching someone get defibrillated.
[T]he real lesson here may be for Haley Joel Osment, who could well have Dickie Roberts II in his future.
This film may be all over the map, but at least it takes viewers to some interesting places.
Schmaltzed up, dumbed down, bombastically-scored family drama of touchy-feely life lessons.
'There is something to be said for reminding audiences of simple truths found amidst complex circumstances. But here, the film becomes a series of hokey contrivances and the simple truth it illustrates is so reductive it is almost insulting.'
With Caine and Duvall two kings of the acting jungle in top form; more proof why good casting directors are worth their weight in black gold.
This is what family films are supposed to be like.
Effectively proves that senior citizens are not dull--provided that they'd spent time in the French Foreign Legion and rescued princesses.
There is no shortage of ham-fisted metaphors, no paucity of windy speeches, no lack of moments that tug at the heart like a newborn clumsily grabbing for its mother.
A wholly unique family film that can moisten your eyes even while it quickens your pulse.
Because it never quite reaches its enormous potential, Secondhand Lions feels like a disappointment even though there's much to praise.
Audience Reviews for Secondhand Lions
The starting looked like it was going to be hella boring but surprisingly, it wasn't. It was one of those movies that gets interesting in every minute. Really good movie. Recommend everyone to watch.More
Secondhand Lions tries too hard to appeal to a family friendly crowd, and because of it it loses much of its bite. But when it lets go of its reins it can really turn into something magical.More
Although it might strike some viewers as bland, it is actually a beautiful, clever movie with a strong story line.More
Secondhand Lions Quotes
- Hub McCaan:
- If you need somethin', you'd best find it yourself, or even better, learn to do without.
- Hub McCaan:
- If you need something, you'd best find it yourself, or even better, learn to do without.
- Hub McCaan:
- Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! No, wait, that was The Apostle.
- I'm going to go inside and watch television.
- Garth McCaan:
- Ain't got one.
- No television?
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