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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.
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.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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.