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WEEKEND PREMIERS ON M-NET (article first published : 2005-10-8)

Two entertaining movies made in 2003 will premier on M-Net on October 8 and 9.

October 8 at 20h00: Second hand Lions is a dramatic comedy starring Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Kyra Sedgwick and Josh Lucas, directed by Tim McCanlies.

This whimsical charmer is about a boy whose mother dumps him on his two elderly, eccentric uncles for the summer, where he ends up learning about their amazing adventures.

Screen veterans Michael Caine and Robert Duvall shine as two cantankerous old codgers who take their troubled nephew (Haley Joel Osment of The Sixth Sense fame) under their wing, telling him wonderful and often far-fetched stories about their past. Are they all true? The boy’s mother seems to think one particular story, involving a hidden fortune, may be – which is why she offloaded Walter on Garth and Hub in the first place. If she can’t find herself a rich husband, perhaps Walter will find her a fortune! Walter is, at first, totally put out. His uncles don’t have a TV, computer or any mod cons, and their idea of fun is talking pot-shots at travelling salesmen, and, of course, telling tall stories. But what fabulous stories they are!

October 9 at 20h00: Something Gotta Give. This romantic comedy directed by Nancy Meyers stars Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Amanda Peet, Keanu Reeves, Frances McDormand and Jon Favreau. From the writer/director of What Women Want, this is a delightful tale about a 60-something playboy who falls for the 50-something mother of his 20-something girlfriend.

Erica is a successful 50-something playwright – smart, beautiful, funny, but so uptight she wears polonecks in the summer. Harry is a chauvinistic 60-something Lothario who has only ever dated 20-something women; in fact, his latest girlfriend is Erica’s daughter. When Harry has a mild heart attack at Erica’s holiday home, it’s Erica who ends up looking after him, and a feisty relationship springs up between them. For the first time in his life, Harry’s in love. Still, he’s never committed to one woman before, and anyway, Erica is being wooed by a hunky 30-something doctor (played by Keano Reeves). What chance does he stand? Best to go back to his 20-something girls… A best actress Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win for Diane Keaton.




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