Secondhand Lions (2003)

This is a fresh-faced movie that does things a little differently than we have come to expect.  As in real life, the Hollywood cliches are left behind and there are surprises around every corner.

His untrustworthy mother (Kyra Sedgwick) has dumped young Walter (Haley Joel Osment) in the laps of his great uncles (Michael Caine and Robert Duvall).   Walter learns to trust these two eccentric strangers after a lifetime of lies from his mother. From these "Secondhand Lions", he learns the lessons of life.

The biggest tension comes from the rumor of hidden fortune.  Is it real and where did it come from?

This is a touching movie with a few smiles sprinkled throughout, but I would not call it a comedy.  It is a somewhat humorous drama.  The characters are drawn with such depth that you feel some sympathy even as their flaws are brought into sharp focus.

Through the middle, the pace slows down a bit (and I start wondering why there is such a big gap between Haley's eyebrows), but the ending makes it all worthwhile.  It is the sort of ending that puts a lump in your throat and a smile on your face.  You want to tell everyone how it turned out, but …oops I am not supposed to.

A nice diversion for a couple hours, I highly recommend this beautiful film.
                                       - Reviewed by Paul G.

Rated: PG in USA, 12 in UK, & PG in Canada for language and action violence.
Duration: 1 hour 51 minutes
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