- Details: US / 107 mins / (12PG).
In the hands of a lesser director, 'Secondhand Lions' had the potential to redefine the entire concept of sentimentality. Thankfully, however, McCanlies (responsible for the screenplay of fantastic 'The Iron Giant') maintains a fairly tight grip on the proceedings. This is not to say that 'Secondhand Lions' is much more than a shameless glad handling exercise in Hollywood romanticism where everything turns out precisely the way you'd expect with all of the necessary trimmings. But it is done with a certain professionalism. Caine and Duvall ham things up like slaughterhouse chiefs, but strangely Osment is a problem. Indeed, for such a fearsome young actor, Osment appears a little uncomfortable and doesn't embrace his role as roundly as you might think. While his moody inarticulation suits his character, you always get the impression that the young man is completely overawed by the company he is keeping here. And if he doesn't sort that out, he'll turn out more C. Thomas Howell than Jodie Foster.
Review by Garreth Murphy | 09:00 | Wednesday 29th October 2003 | Movie Review
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