Secondhand Lions: Van Redin
EW Staff
August 15, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Secondhand Lions

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
107 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/19/03
performer
Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Kyra Sedgwick, Nicky Katt, Josh Lucas, Michael O'Neill, Emmanuelle Vaugier
director
Tim McCanlies
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Tim McCanlies
genre
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a C+

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.

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