Welcome to another edition of Movie Review Monday!
This week's film is the 2003 feel good, coming of age, family drama Secondhand Lions, starring Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, and Haley Joel Osmont.
My partner insisted we watch this one since it is one of her favorites, alongside similar movies like Big Fish. I can see why she enjoys them, since they make you feel all warm and fuzzy as well as being just fun to watch. I really enjoyed this movie just like I did Big Fish, and it even got me to get a little misty eyed. There just is something about these sorts of movies that does it for me every time.
The plot focuses on Walter (Osmont) who is abruptly left with his two eccentric uncles (Caine and Duvall) who he has never met for the summer while his mother goes off looking for work. What follows is a silly, fun, poignant, and transformative adventure for Walter. We also learn more about his uncles and their amazing and over the top lives which have become tall tales to everyone around them. The uncles are also rumored to have a hidden fortune that all of their relatives and random traveling salesman are hounding them for. Walter is the only person in a long time that isn't after them for their money, all he needs is a family and a home.
While this movie isn't available to stream anywhere that I've looked, it is definitely worth a rental in my opinion (also if you haven't watched Big Fish, I recommend you watch that too). This film is definitely a positive emotional release if you need that after a tough time, and it would be a great choice to share with someone you care about.