6.23.2010

Secondhand Lions


Synopsis


An irresponsible mother leaves her son with her two mysterious uncles with hopes that he will come across their supposed millions of dollars. While with his uncles, the boy learns the importance of belief and faith in things that the world generally scoffs at. In the end the boy must choose to continue the path his wayward mother leads him in or to stay and be raised by his uncles.

Entertainment Value - B


Great humor and fun story. Go out of your way to see this one at least once.

Moral Value - Failure to Communicate? - 4


The whole mother leaving her son bit was rather disappointing. Not that all stories need to be happy, and maybe the "dysfunctionality" of this family is actually a plug for families to stick together so their kids don't get stuck with crazy old uncles (though the story actually seemed to say that this situation was better, so maybe it's trying to encourage external family members to step up to the plate to help family members in need.)

Part of Hub's manhood speech speaks volumes:
"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, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love... true love never dies. You remember that, boy. You remember that. Doesn't matter if it's true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in."

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