Secondhand Lions (2003)

secondhand lions man speechOk, really though, who is going around selling crates of used circus animals, and how come they never stop at my house?


Not to carve a few chunks out of your self-esteem or anything, but you should hate yourself if you haven’t seen this movie. It’s a classic. A little corny at times for a movie made in this millennium, yes, but still a classic.

It stars Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, and Haley Joel Osment — all of which do a fantastic job. It also has that lady from a show on TNT called The Closer. I never watched it, but I was bombarded with promos for it during the commercial breaks of Leverage. (And for you Leverage fans out there, Christian Kane plays young Hub in this movie.)

On a side note, I read that the lion in this film had numerous trainers to ensure the safety of others on the set. Apparently, however, it was the pig who ended up attacking Haley Joel Osment out of the blue during filming. Pretty sure Haley is now scarred for life. Trust me, I have a Sixth Sense about these things.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: Somebody made this meme.

The Sunday message of this movie basically boils down to Uncle Hub’s famous “becoming a man” speech to Walter:

secondhand lions movie haley joel osmentSometimes, the things that may or may not be true are the things that a man needs to believe in the most: 

  • That people are basically good.
  • That honor, virtue and courage mean everything.
  • That money and power, power and money, mean nothing.
  • That good always triumphs over evil.
  • And remember this, this is the most important: true love never dies. 

It doesn’t matter if those things are true. A man needs to believe in them, because those are the things worth believing in.

Hub was right. And those things “worth believing in” are very much true.

It is our faith in those truths that will help us become the kind of men and women who aren’t constantly weighed down by the pessimistic doubts that too often become the taskmasters of adulthood.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” — John 8:32

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