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Secondhand Lions (2003)

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Critic Consensus: A wholesome but schmaltzy movie.

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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

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Cast

Josh Lucas
as Adult Walter
Eric Balfour
as Sheik's Grandson
Christian Kane
as Young Hub
Kevin Haberer
as Young Garth
Adam Ozturk
as The Sheik
Joe Stevens
as Insurance Salesman
Charles Sanders
as Gold Salesman
Morgana Shaw
as Receptionist
Adrian Pasdar
as Skeet Machine Salesman
Dameon Clarke
as Animal Truck Driver
Rick Dial
as Feed Store Owner
Jo Harvey Allen
as Woman in Hospital
Jace Pitre
as Frankie
Billy Joe Shaver
as Biplane Truck Driver
Dennis Letts
as Sheriff
Daniel Brooks
as Sheik's Great-Grandson
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All Critics (133) | Top Critics (34)

... Michael Caine is badly miscast in this movie. I didn't believe him for one second in that role.

September 22, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Of little interest to anyone except those who thought Air Bud was too smutty.

September 19, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's pretty appalling, and it's boring.

September 19, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 19, 2003
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

September 19, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

[A] schmaltz fest.

Full Review… | September 19, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Secondhand Lions

½

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.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Although it might strike some viewers as bland, it is actually a beautiful, clever movie with a strong story line.

Jason Lalljee
Jason Lalljee

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