Secondhand Lions [Import]
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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Great movie!! Amazon delivery was a little late. But worth the waitPublished 3 months ago by Walter Bakema
won't play in blu-ray as it says it will. may look into returning if we don't get it going soon.Published 3 months ago by Janice McFadden
I didn't realize how long shipping would take; however, the item is in excellent condition and I'm pleased with the purchase. Thank you.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of those rare movies that doesn't receive the praise it deserves
That's because there is no swearing or violence
Blu-ray will not play on my Blu-ray player. When we try to play the movie we get a screen that says "this disc cannot be played because the player setup specifies a different... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer