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At Theaters: 9/19/2003 On Video: 2/3/2004
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 47 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419947
Studio: New Line Cinema
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For 14-year old Walter, his great uncles' farm in rural Texas is the last place on earth he wants to spend the summer. Dumped off by his mother, Mae, in the middle of nowhere with two crazy old men and the promise that she'll come back for him, Walter doesn't know what to believe in.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Drama Comedy - A fun, feel-good, heartwarming story that will occasionally bring a tear.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Haley Joel Osment THE JUNGLE BOOK 2, THE COUNTRY BEARS, A.I.
Michael Caine AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER, MISS CONGENIALITY
Robert Duvall OPEN RANGE, GODS AND GENERALS, JOHN Q, THE 6TH DAY
Director: Tim McCanlies DANCER, TEXAS POP. 81
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: 1 A-word, just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Some bloodless sword fighting and killing. Not graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some mild drinking.
ACTION: Some sword fights and chases. Nothing special.
COMEDY: Quite funny. The humor should appeal to all ages.
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Above Average

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "Simple and affecting, Secondhand Lions is a comedic fantasy with a big heart. Despite flaws that are (for the most part) easily overlooked, this film has enough charm and whimsy to capture the attention and imagination of children and parents alike, and arguably represents one of the best live-action family films to enter theaters this year...''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "Secondhand Lions is about the uncles every boy should have, and the summer every boy should spend. No uncles or summers like this ever existed, but isn't it nice to think that Uncle Garth and Uncle Hub are waiting there on their Texas ranch, shooting at fish and salesmen, and waiting for their 12-year-old nephew to be dumped on them.  ...a gentle and sweet whimsy, attentive to the love between the two brothers, respectful of the boy's growth and curiosity.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "Secondhand Lions presumably is meant to be a sweet coming-of-age tale, and the values imparted by the aging uncles are solid: honor, respect, love for animals, the rewards of hard work. Perhaps if writer/director Tim McCanlies had not strayed from this pared-down premise, he might have fashioned something that resonated more deeply.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "Set in 1960s Texas, this innocuous and occasionally heart-warming tale uses an obviously metaphorical parallel to examine the fates of wild things are imprisoned by the limits of old age and social mores, and only the heroic efforts of stars Robert Duvall and Michael Caine keep it from drowning in a swamp of saccharine.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 152 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
17
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M/F)
13
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
5
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
13
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
32
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
72
Very High
100%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

OUTSTANDING OPINIONS! Nearly everyone rated it either "Fantastic" or "Excellent," which is rare and indicates a movie with very wide appeal. DON'T MISS SECONDHAND LIONS! It's a rare treat.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
This one's a winner! It's a fun, feel-good, heartwarming story that will occasionally bring a tear. It's sure to be a BIG crowd pleaser.

The acting is great the story is very entertaining and you will leave with a smile on your face. What more could you ask for? Heck, even my 14-year-old granddaughter liked it.

DON'T MISS SECONDHAND LIONS!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
For 14-year old Walter (Haley Joel Osment), his great uncles' farm in rural Texas is the last place on earth he wants to spend the summer. Dumped off by his mother, Mae (Kyra Sedgwick), in the middle of nowhere with two crazy old men and the promise that she'll come back for him, Walter doesn't know what to believe in.

Eccentric and gruff, Hub and Garth McCaan (Robert Duvall and Michael Caine) are rumored to have been bank robbers, mafia hit men and/or war criminals in their younger days. The truth is elusive, although they do seem to have an endless supply of cash. But Walter begins to see a new side to his great uncles when he stumbles on an old photograph of a beautiful woman hidden away in a trunk and asks Garth who she is.

Little by little, through stories spun against the backdrop of the dusty Texas night, an amazing story comes to life via Walter's vivid, colorful imaginings - a tale set in a long-ago exotic, mysterious place where men rode stallions and fought with swords; where beautiful princesses tangled with treacherous sheiks; and where the two unlikely heroes lived an adventure most people only dream of.

Whether true or not, the uncles' tales become a doorway to a staggering new world for the boy to live out their adventures. They also give Walter something true to believe in - a world where honor and valor mean more than money and power, and a place that, real or not, belongs only to him. Likewise, in telling their stories to their nephew, Hub and Garth begin to see their own lives with new eyes.

Over one unpredictable Central Texas summer in the early 1960's, everything in the lives of this new family of strangers is about to change forever.

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