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Still shot from the movie: Secondhand Lions.

Secondhand Lions

When his single mom (Kyra Sedgwick) ditches him on the rundown farm of his elderly and grumpy great uncles (Michael Caine and Robert Duvall), Walter (Haley Joel Osment) has no choice but to make the best of the hostile relationship. While the two men's men have little sympathy for the "sissy boy", Walter's meek yet no-nonsense candor is soon matching wits with the old codgers. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 107
Theater Release: 18 Sep 2003
Video Release: 02 Feb 2004
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Often men have a difficult time grieving the loss of someone they love. How was Hub’s life affected by his loss? Do you know anyone who has paid years of their life because they were unable to accept a difficult situation? How did Walter help Hub overcome this situation?

Hub’s speech about being a man includes this dialogue: “Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good. That honor, virtue, and courage mean everything; that money and power mean nothing. That good always triumphs over evil. That true love never dies. Doesn’t matter if they’re true or not. A man should believe in those things anyway. Because they are the things worth believing in.” You may want to discuss these attributes with the men-and women-in your family.

A complete teacher’s and activity guide are available at the film’s website. Most of the activities require students to only view the movie’s trailer, also available on the site.

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