Haley Joel Osment?s made a career out of playing fatherless boys, from ”The Sixth Sense” to ”A.I.” and ”Pay It Forward.” Here, he?s at it again, starring as a fatherless boy whose eccentric mother (Kyra Sedgwick) sends him to live with his even more eccentric uncles in a small Texas town where typical behavior includes shooting fish with a rifle and keeping a lion as a pet.
Tim McCanlies, who made his reputation as a screenwriter on such projects as ”The Iron Giant,” finished the script 10 years ago but refused to let anyone else direct it. ?I think a lot of people would have put Jim Carrey in this with old makeup and made it a stupid comedy,? says McCanlies. But, he adds, ?this is about something so important, and that is, ?What do we teach boys???
Two years ago, ”Lions” jumped studios – from Warner Bros. to New Line – and McCanlies, who made his directing debut with the 1998 low-budget comedy ”Dancer, Texas Pop. 81,” finally got the green light. ?People ask me, ?So, is it a comedy? Is it a kids? movie??? says Michael Caine. ?And I say, ?It?s about life. And life includes tragedy, comedy, and children.??
The Killer Moment When your pet is the king of the jungle, there’s sure to be a killer moment or two.