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By Kellie MacDonald
Lions is a delightful and charming coming-of-age story
follows an introverted boy as he spends an amazing summer with his two wealthy
and eccentric great-uncles. As they recount their escapade-filled lives,
the aging adventurers ignite the boy's spirit and rekindle their own. The
Parents Television Council is happy to award Secondhand Lions the
PTC Seal of Approval because it tells a great story for families without
the use of sex, graphic violence,
or excessive coarse language.
Garth and Hub
(MICHAEL CAINE and ROBERT DUVALL) are two former globetrotters who have returned
to their boyhood home after
40 years of adventure in hopes of retiring into obscurity. The men believe that
they are washed up, and have become creaky and cranky
in their old age. Their only enjoyment seems to come from scaring
off the traveling salesmen who have heard rumors of their wealth. When their
fourteen year-old great-nephew, Walter (HALEY JOEL OSMENT), is dumped with the
two aging bachelors for the summer, their
impending demise is postponed. Walter arrives timid and
and full of doubts and questions. The discovery of a picture of a beautiful
woman in an attic chest leads Walter on a path of discovery. Who was the exotic and beautiful woman in the picture? How is she
connected to Uncle Garth and Uncle Hub? Who are these two strange men? Where have they been for forty years? Are they really crazy? Are they really
discovers that his uncles Garth and Hub belonged to the French Foreign Legion,
and spent their adult lives traveling to exotic
locales and performing noble deeds. Walter learns that the
beautiful woman in the photograph is Hub's long lost love, Princess Jasmine. Hub still pines for the Princess, and Quixotically fights for her every night
while he sleepwalks.
a hard time believing Garth's captivating tales of adventure, but
the stories are so vivid that he yearns for them to be real. As Walter
learns about his uncles' exciting
encourages them to
recapture their youth and the men rediscover their love for the outrageous and
outlandish. The two uncles become
Walter's father-figures and teach him about honor, adventure and what it takes
to become a man.
Lions is rated PG because of thematic elements. Uncles Hub and Garth are
cranky old men who have soft hearts under their gruff exteriors. They use minor
curse words like "crap," "hell," and "damn" and engage in fighting and other
dangerous stunts. The two men shoot shotguns and rifles (occasionally at
traveling salesmen) and Uncle Hub gets into a bar brawl with a group of young
thugs. This behavior is to demonstrate that they are still strong and
Regardless, the perils of guns and fighting may need to be discussed with your
child. The uncles are shown (in flashbacks) as youths fighting under fantastic
swashbuckling scenes are pure fantasy and reminiscent of an Errol
Flynn movie. In another scene, Walter's mom return's to the uncle's farm with
abusive new boyfriend. The abusive man is mildly mauled by the
old lion when he threatens to harm Walter, and this scene may be a bit scary for
children under 8 years old. There is no sex in this film,
and the sweet
love story between Hub and Princess Jasmine is thoughtfully presented.
Lions will appeal to audiences of all ages because it features the talents
of some of the most talented and thought-provoking actors in the entertainment
industry. Academy Award winners, Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, star as Garth
and Hub, two crotchety and cranky brothers whose amazing tales of adventure and
suspense entrance and ignite
the imagination of their young nephew Walter. Academy Award nominee, Haley Joel Osment stars as Walter -- a shy teen caught somewhere
between childhood and manhood. Kyra Sedgwick co-stars as Walter's
man-chasing mom, who
thinks a man is her only
ticket to a better life for her and her son.
Children will love
the film's fantastical fighting scenes as well as the menagerie of animals that
inhabit the farm. Adults will enjoy the romance story between Hub and Jasmine
as well as the excellent performances by the amazing cast. Haley Joel Osment
delivers a masterful performance,
blending the wide-eyed curiosity and a spirit of a child with the
frustration and awkwardness of a boy desperate to be a man. He is certainly one of the finest young actors in Hollywood. Michael Caine and Robert Duvall are experts in their craft and have a
mischievous twinkle in their eyes that is proof positive that age is only a
number. It is a joy to see these two men work together. Osment, Caine,
and Duvall are perfectly cast in this family-friendly film, and it is a treat to
see them lend their talents to this well-written and directed story.
Parents Television Council is proud to award Secondhand Lions the
PTC Seal of Approval Secondhand Lions is a gem of a movie and
is perfect for families with older children who are too wise for animated fairy
tales, but who are not ready for mature themes. Secondhand Lions
presents complex and engaging themes that will certainly evoke conversation
between parents and children. This is a wonderful family movie and one that
parents and children will both enjoy.
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