BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

24 September 2014
shropshireshropshire

BBC Homepage
»BBC Local
Shropshire
Things to do
People & Places
Nature
History
Religion & Ethics
Arts and Culture
BBC Introducing
TV & Radio

Sites near Shropshire

Birmingham
Black Country
Hereford & Worcester
Stoke

Related BBC Sites

England
 

Contact Us


Secondhand Lions
12Secondhand Lions (2003)

updated 22 October 2003
reviewer's rating
1 out of 5
Reviewed by Jamie Russell
average user rating
4 Star


Director
Tim McCanlies
Writer
Tim McCanlies
Stars
Michael Caine
Robert Duvall
Hayley Joel Osment
Nicky Katt
Kyra Sedgwick
Length
108 minutes
Distributor
Entertainment
Cinema
24 October 2003
Country
USA
Genre
Drama
Web Links
Official site


Rate This Film
What did you think of this film?
Select your star rating from the options below
 

Star Rating: 1  1
Star Rating: 2  2
Star Rating: 3  3
Star Rating: 4  4
Star Rating: 5  5
Average star rating: 4 from 269 votes

Older doesn't always mean wiser. Take Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, two silver-haired thesps whose collective years are enough to make most pocket calculators blow a fuse, but who seem to be intent - judging by this clag-ridden outing at least - on spending their golden years feasting on turkey.

In Secondhand Lions, they play Garth and Hub McCaan, a pair of aging hillbillies in '60s America who sit about on their porch, drinking iced tea and taking pot shots at the local travelling salesmen with their trusty pump-action boom sticks. Then their teenage nephew Walter (Haley Joel Osment) comes to spend the summer and the old gits turn into grouchy paternal role models...

"MORE ROTHERHITHE THAN RED ROCK"

It's bad enough that Sir Michael's Southern drawl (more Rotherhithe than Red Rock) requires a leap of faith beyond the reach of most Olympic athletes, or that Duvall's ex-French Foreign Legion hard man practices his hand-to-hand combat on a bunch of punks in the local diner (go, granddad!), there's also a menagerie of animals (including a pig and the 'secondhand' lion of the title) thrown in for good measure and a series of flashbacks to the pair's adventures in 1920s Africa.

Joel's perpetually clenched features and beady eyes look like the after-effects of sitting on a vacuum cleaner, but it's quite possible they might just be an indication of his embarrassment: this schmaltzed up, dumbed down, bombastically-scored family drama of touchy-feely life lessons is enough to make any self-respecting human being pucker up their arse.

"NOTHING BUT CORN!"

Meanwhile, Caine soldiers on with the kind of stiff upper-lipped purposefulness that only a man who has paid the mortgage several times over can muster. Duvall grumps about like a crotchety old git, surveying the family farm and delivering what may well be the most accurate (if unintentional) review any actor ever gave himself: "Corn, corn, nothing but corn!"

Find out more about "Secondhand Lions" at
Movie Review Query Engine
The Internet Movie Database


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites

line
Top| Films Index | Home
 


  BOLLYWOOD
BBC Shropshire Bollywood news, reviews and galleries
Red bullet point Bollywood film galleries
  FILM SEARCH
BBC Shropshire film search
Red bullet point What to see in Shropshire
  UK TOP FILMS
BBC Shropshire guide to top ten films to watch this month
Red bullet point What to watch this month
  FILM VAULT
BBC Shropshire film vault
Red bullet point Packed full of film reviews



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy