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Secondhand Lions

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Charming family movie for tweens and up.

Movie PG 2003 111 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 5+
I’m pretty conservative when it comes to entertainment for my kids and I found this movie ok for 5+, my 5yr old loved it… there is some mild language but it isn’t glorified and caught no ones attention. The comment “did you order a hooker” about the boys mom was the only cringeworthy moment but it didn't raise any questions. Sexual content is what I primarily try to protect me kids from and the was essentially none; a passionate kiss between Hub and his wife; the woman he loved all his life. There is a lot to like about this movie, it leaves you with some things to think about and it is likely it will make your kids feel things- which to me is the whole point of a film worth my time. The comic book style “violence” was not a point of concern to me as it was mild and my girls aren’t bothered by non-graphic violence ( eg The Hobbit) … if your kids are it might be good exposure therapy so they can live life without being anxious and overwhelmed by mild violence. Violence is natural to children anyway, they will hit and fight all on there own; sex and objectification is not… that is all learned behavior and values that I try to protect polluting their minds to so that they can at least grow up knowing what is true and beautiful about human sexuality before they learn about all the perversions of it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
3 people found this helpful.
age 7+
Just watched this movie with my 3 kids ages 5 - 8. For a PG movie, I was disappointed by the number of inappropriate words used--c**p, d**n, h**l. The description on the box led me to believe it would be a bit more light hearted. I should have reviewed it first. While it did have some good messages, there were some rather disturbing violent scenes as well. The one at the end where the new boyfriend threatens and punches Walter comes to mind. Most of the action scenes involved violence, but most blood is off screen. Overall, I think the movie is fine for kids 10 and up, but not for the younger set and definitely not for those who are overly sensitive to violence.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great messages
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (14 ):

Duvall and Caine have such easy charm that they make this movie work. It does sag when anyone else is on-screen, though such as during the flashbacks of their adventures in Africa and Osment's struggles to find his character and manage his adolescent voice.

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