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Secondhand Lions [Import]

Haley Joel Osment , Michael Caine , Tim McCanlies    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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If you can get past its thick layer of syrup and molasses, Secondhand Lions reveals itself as a thoroughly decent family film that anyone can enjoy. It gets a little sappy sometimes, but there's something to be said for a movie in which Michael Caine and Robert Duvall play eccentric old brothers who take the easy approach to fishing: instead of a peaceful rod and reel, they use 12-gauge shotguns. When 14-year-old Walter (Haley Joel Osment, teetering on puberty) spends an eventful summer with his great-uncles on their vast Texas farmland (he's been dumped there by his delinquent mom, played by Kyra Sedgwick), he soon discovers they've lived lives full of adventure, excitement, passion, and mystery. Either that or they're old-time bank robbers with a long criminal record, and writer-director Tim McCanlies (who invested similar warmth into The Iron Giant) does a nice job of concealing the truth until the very end. Full of enriching lessons and homespun humor, Secondhand Lions has more substance than most family films. If you enjoyed Holes, you'll probably enjoy this movie, too. --Jeff Shannon

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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Family-Friendly Movie Jan. 20 2011
I loved this movie. It was hilarious and yet deeply moving at the same time--a great family story about a boy finding a place where he belongs and two old men finding something meaningful in their retirement. The uncle's story is provided in small chunks, as one uncle tells his nephew about their past. Parts of the video were hilarious and all of it was clean and very family-friendly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They really lived Oct. 7 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Walter (Haley Joe Osment) an introverted kid gets to stay with his two eccentric great-uncles, Garth (Michael Caine) and Hub (Robert Duvall.) While there He is told of their robust adventures and how they came to be there and rich. However everyone else tells a different story. He comes to understand them and some of life through several events. One of those events is befriending an over the hill lion which just may represent a couple of uncles.

It is not so much the bonding formula of the story as the way the tail of exotic places and heroic acts is intertwined with everyday life. I think of stories my own parents and grand parent told of such things as encounters with Poncho Via in Mexico where they sold him horses and were invited to leave.

It is not so much the stories as the goodness of man that was being portrayed, moving back and forth in time, with a few adjustments to history, made you feel that they were your great-uncles who could believe such tales. And yet...

If you find that this movie moved you then it is time to try two others that are similar. "Dust" (2001) with Joseph Fiennes and David Wenham. "Little Buddha" (1993) with Keanu Reeves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome April 4 2014
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This is a great family night movie...you will not be disappointed. It is an oldie but a goodie... enjoy it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth owning! March 6 2014
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This well written and well cast movie simply makes for a wonderful evening at home. It has lots of laughs and suspense and the story is based on two old guys and a young boy and what really living a life worth living is all about. I would recommend it for family viewing with guidance for the very young.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie! Jan. 4 2014
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Have loved this movie for a long time & am excited to now own it. I love the story & the characters. I especially love the message of the movie. We need more movies that are uplifting & inspiring to men, boys, fathers & sons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous... Sept. 20 2013
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What a wonderful story... Fabulous actors humanize the story of daring youth abilities to autumn years, allowing a few kinks from others conjuring greed. A young boy learning life from elderly uncles, profound lessons of respect and gratitude... It's a keeper... Thank you Amazon for your steadfastness in finding me a copy of this DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining! Sept. 19 2013
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I've seen this movie several times, never get tired of it! And it's family friendly, which is a bonus.
Well cast, good story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLANT SHOW!! Jan. 20 2013
By Lynne
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It had every element to make a great show,; acting (who does not love Caine & Duval), humour, drama, good story line!!, all carachaters were "characters", Saw it and loved it so much bought a copy for the family library.
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