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Secondhand Lions

Secondhand Lions

Once in a while a terrific family film comes along, and this one starring Robert Duvall, Michael Caine and Haley Joel Osment is one of the best.

Garth (Caine) and Hub (Duvall) play two old retired brothers who live on a dilapidated Texas farm in the 1950's.  Their main source of entertainment is sitting on the porch shooting at the traveling salesmen who dare to come up the long driveway littered with "Do Not Enter," "Beware Of Dogs" and "Go Back" signs.

The men are content living amongst their dogs and pet pig, but all that changes when their niece (Kyra Sedgwick) a floozy southern belle, drops off her son Walter (Osment) for an unexpected visit.  As she prepares to leave the shy teen she urges him to look for the fortune that her uncles are rumored to have hidden somewhere on the farm.

Garth is mild-mannered and believes that he and Hub should take up gardening like other retirees, Hub is feisty and ready to fist fight the local bullies at the drop of a hat.

As the summer passes, Garth regales the boy with tales of his adventurous brother's life.  It seems he had a long stint in the French Foreign Legion, a long-standing fight with an evil sheik over a beautiful princess and captured a fortune in gold.  Whether or not the tales are true is important to the boy who has been lied to by his irresponsible mother time and again.

The stories of daring-do and untold treasure are just the thing to bring the men close to Walter and exactly what a lonely boy needs.

The title refers to an old secondhand lion that the uncles buy from a circus.  It's only one of the unusual things that the eccentric men get involved with, all of which add up to a pretty spectacular summer.

Written and directed by Tim McCanlies, the film is heart-warming, funny and filled with marvelous performances.  It's one adventure that both kids and adults will truly enjoy.

Secondhand Lions

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