Secondhand Lions: A Study of Belief and Truth

“Sometimes, the things that may or may not be true are the things that a man needs to believe in the most.” ~Uncle Hub, Secondhand Lions (2003 movie story by Tim McCanlies)

The movie Secondhand Lions, starring Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, and Joel Haley Ozment, is a drama-comedy long on entertainment, wit, and hilarity. The rough and coarse Uncle Hub (played by Duvall) becomes an unlikely mentor  to the young and troubled Walter (played by Ozment).  Soon after his arrival at the uncles’ home, Walter discovers that Hub sleepwalks, wandering each night into the pond outside where he thrashes the water violently and gazes off into the distance.  Uncle Garth (played by Caine) narrates Hub’s amazing African adventures to Walter as they observe all this.  By morning, Hub evidences no memory of his activities and remarks that he can’t understand why he feels so tired after a night’s sleep.  Garth and Walter share the secret between themselves. Continue reading “Secondhand Lions: A Study of Belief and Truth”