We'd be Lion if we didn't admit that this one choked us up just a little bit. We know, two old cranks like Michael Caine and Robert Duvall yakking about their youth and instilling wisdom into Haley Joel Osment hardly sounds riveting, but there's a reason they are both Oscar winners. And they show it off here in this simple and fun coming-of-age flick.
Set in the '60s, this touching tale starts when squeaky and shy Osment's man-chasing mother dumps him on a Texas ranch with his grumpy great-uncles. Despite a rocky start, the trio eventually bond as Osment learns about life from the duo's wild accounts of love and war as young men in the French Foreign Legion. There are easily overlooked flaws, and it's hammy at times, but Secondhand's sentiment is first-rate. You'll leave the theater wanting to call your grandparents just to say hello.