Excerpt: In the early 1960's, young Walter is dropped off at his great uncles' house in Texas by his irresponsible mother Mae. She believes her late husband's uncles, Hub and Garth, have secretly stashed away a fortune that they accumulated when they disappeared for 40 years. Nobody knows how or where they got the money, but all of the relatives and local salesmen are eager to get their hands on it. She dumps Walter off and leaves him to find out about the money on his own.
Excerpt: Secondhand Lions is a wonderful story set in the 1950's about Walter (Haley Joel Osment), who is just starting the transition from being a boy into manhood. His single mother Mae (Kyra Sedgwick) is unable to date and do what she wants with Walter around, so she loads him into a car and heads to the farm of her crotchety old uncles Garth (Michael Caine) and Hub (Robert Duvall), in order to drop Walter off.
Summary: It would be easy to breeze past Secondhand Lions , leaving it behind in search of meatier catalog fare. But that would be a mistake. Don't get me wrong, I know it looks like a saccharine family film loaded with heartstrings and life lessons -- that's exactly what it is -- but its sweet-natured sense of humor, strong veteran performances, period setting, and affectionate spirit help it stand apart from similar genre drivel.
Excerpt: Secondhand Lions is a positive movie with some important things to say both about growing up and growing old. It's also a story about finding something to put faith in, whether it be true or not. "If you want to believe something, then BELIEVE in it!” says Robert Duvall's crusty old character, Uncle Hub.
Conclusion: As sweetly sentimental as a Werther's Original advert, Secondhand Lions could have been strangled by its own warmth and fuzziness were it not for three skilled performances from Duvall, Caine and Osment.