Secondhand Lions

(2003)
Secondhand Lions

Starring Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Haley Joel Osment. (12)

 

As sweetly sentimental as a Werther’s Original advert, Secondhand Lions is the story of a fourteen-year-old boy, Walter (Osment), who is left in the care of his two eccentric great-uncles by his mother. The pair – played by gruff old geezers Caine and Duvall – live in a ramshackle middle-of-nowhere Texas farm, but neighbours seem to think the brothers have a secret fortune stashed away, apparently amassed while they were young bank robbers, mafia hitmen or wartime criminals (depending on which neighbour Walter talks to).

Often funny – the uncles fire pot-shots at travelling salesmen who try to relieve them of some of their rumoured cash – and whimsical (the pair tell stories of adventure that Walter can’t be sure are true or figments of their ageing imaginations), this is a warm, nostalgic movie that features three terrific central performances and shows real heart. 

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SCARY MOMENTS:

There isn’t anything overtly scary here, but younger viewers (this is aimed at over-12s) may be upset by repeated references to death.

Secondhand Lions
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