Secondhand Lions

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Released 2004

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Director:
Tim McCanlies
Released:
2004
Rating:
PG
Secondhand Lions is a comedic and touching family film that follows the adventures of a shy young boy who is sent to spend the summer with his eccentric uncles. At first shocked by his uncles' unconventional behavior that includes ordering African lions through the mail, the boy soon becomes enthralled with unraveling the mystery that has followed the uncles for years. Hearing tales of their exotic adventures involving kidnapped princesses, Arabian sheiks and lost treasure, not only brings him closer to his uncles but also teaches him what it means to believe in something... whether it's true or not. Starring Academy Award-nominee Haley Joel Osment ("The Sixth Sense," "Artificial Intelligence: AI"), Two-time Academy Award-winner Michael Caine ("Batman Begins," "The Prestige"), and Academy Award-winner Robert Duvall ("The Godfather," "Apocalypse Now").

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  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    May be pure hokum, but at least it knows how to spin a yarn.

  • 60

    Variety

    May score higher with parents than the kids they bring in tow. Writer-director Tim McCanlies' ("Dancer, Texas Pop. 81") feel-good celebration of youth and old age enriching each ot...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Something we want to like more than we can. It's a mild family film with an excellent cast that never develops traction.

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Teen, Family Dramas, los angeles california, Family Comedies