Rating: PG for mildly adult situations
Run Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes
With the pedigree of Best Actor and Supporting Actor Oscar winners, an Oscar nominee, and big-budget production values, one would guess that this sentimental family comedy would be a slam dunk. Guess again.
Caine and Robert Duvall are Garth and Hub, a pair of surly, eccentric brothers
living in the
In true PG-fashion, the thaw is quick-as-a-wink and saccharine-sweet. Witness male bonding in the form of vegetable gardening, skeet shooting, and the delightfully improbable delivery of a big game sport lion. Seems the old boys have a tidy sum of cash tucked away, and friends and relatives from far and wide are venturing forth for a little family-bonding of their own.
aw-shucks moments, Garth and Hub spin fantastic yarns (vividly re-enacted on
screen) of the good old days, when the brothers cut a swath through
“Lions” could have been a contender. Its look is lush and its talent pool vast. Big snaps for taking a stab at family entertainment that isn’t animated or based on freakish animal behavior. With Caine and Duvall at the helm the respect quotient is high, the expectations higher.
Act One sets the stage for an intriguing, down-home laugher awash in droll dirty laundry. But ridiculous scripting and a geeky, grating performance by the needy, too-old-for-this-role Osment sets the teeth on edge. Act Two dissolves the project into a weepy clinker with a preposterous climax that put me perilously close to a severe case of sugar shock.