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Secondhand Lions
  • PG
  • 1h 51m
  • 2003
Rotten59%
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Over one unpredictable Central Texas summer in the early 1960s, everything in the lives of a family of strangers is about to change forever... For 14-year old Walter (Haley Joel Osment), his great uncles' farm in rural Texas is the last place on earth he wants to spend the summer. Eccentric and gruff Hub and Garth McCaan (Robert Duvall and Michael Caine) are rumored to have been bank robbers, mafia hit men and/or war criminals in their younger days. But little by little, through stories spun against a backdrop of the dusty Texas night, an amazing tale comes to life via Walter's vivid, colorful imaginings--a tale set in a long-ago exotic, mysterious place where men rode stallions and fought with swords; where beautiful princesses tangled with treacherous sheiks; and where the two unlikely heroes lived an adventure of which most people only dream.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten59%
Critics Consensus: A wholesome but schmaltzy movie.
Reviews
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper
Rotten

... Michael Caine is badly miscast in this movie. I didn't believe him for one second in that role...

June 17, 2017
Washington Post
Michael O'Sullivan
Rotten

Of little interest to anyone except those who thought Air Bud was too smutty.

June 17, 2017
Washington Post
Stephen Hunter
Rotten

It's pretty appalling, and it's boring.

June 17, 2017
Seattle Times
Erik Lundegaard
Rotten

Secondhand Lions is a movie you want to believe in -- original ideas, acclaimed actors -- but McCa...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Charming family movie for tweens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Secondhand Lions is a is a heartwarming coming-of-age story about a boy whose unreliable mother leaves him on a ranch with his two great uncles, former globetrotting adventurers who still have wild streaks. Set in rural Texas in the 1960s, these great uncles chew tobacco (and offer some to the boy) and shoot rifles whenever salesmen try and ply their wares. There's also a knife fight between the great uncles and a group of greaser teenagers, and some war scenes and chase scenes that come up in the form of flashbacks. Beyond this, though, Secondhand Lions is a fun and touching story that raises questions about what it means to grow up and to grow old.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:September 19, 2003
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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