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Secondhand Lions

Posted Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at 8:46 AM

The free movie Friday night at H.V. Griffin Park will be one of my favorites: "Secondhand Lions," starring Robert Duvall, Michael Caine and Haley Joel Osment. It's a great, feel-good family movie, perfect for this type of event.

As a matter of fact, I just recently bought the DVD, from the bargain bin at a local store.

The story is about Osment's character being sent to live with his cantankerous, eccentric and mysteriously-wealthy uncles for the summer. Caine tells Osment all sorts of fanciful stories about where the money came from, but other family members hint that it might be ill-gotten gains.

Osment eventually has to decide what he believes about the uncles.

Fans of "Bloom County" cartoonist Berke Breathed will also enjoy the movie. Osment's character grows up to be a cartoonist, and in the bookend scenes with Josh Lucas playing him as an adult, the artwork on display in the background is actually Breathed's. Stay through the credits and you can see a little animation based on the cartoons.

The movie begins at dark outside the small pavilion. In case of rain, it will begin at 7 p.m. in the rec center.

It's well worth your time.

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That actually is a good family film . . . and it is nice that the park is doing these kind of events. Hopefully people take advantage of it.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 10:08 AM

I agree that Secondhand Lions is a wonderful movie. Even though the movie is not very old, it's already one of my all-time favorites. I don't buy movies spur of the moment because some of them are just too expensive. I really have to like it to buy it. I'm happy to say that this one is in my DVD collection.

My whole family loves it.

-- Posted by time2relax on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 10:26 AM

I agree also Secondhand Lions is a wonderful movie one you can cry with and laugh at the same time.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 11:56 AM

Ah this is one of our favorites too! Such a great movie

-- Posted by DannysGal on Wed, May 21, 2008, at 12:13 PM

Ditto on one of my favorites.

-- Posted by leeiii on Fri, May 23, 2008, at 3:10 PM

Is the Park doing a free movie every weekend? I had heard they were but wasn't sure. Also if they are how would someone find out what movie they are showing.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, May 27, 2008, at 12:27 PM

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