Film Advisory Board AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Film Advisory Board (FAB) "Award Of Excellence"
encompasses a wide range of quality family-oriented entertainment
and educational products for all members of the family.
"Award Winner" seal is recognized worldwide as identifying
entertainment products suitable for viewing and use by families
and children. FAB's Review Committee reviews and votes year
round to select films for this sought after award.
All Awarded Products Must Meet These Requirements
* Stimulate Imagination
* Raise Awareness
* Be Created in Good Taste
* Justly Represent Its Subject Matter
* Be Safe Where Applicable
* Encourage Positiveness and Ambition
* Be Attractive and Entertaining
Must Not Contain
* Gratuitous, Profane Language
* Gratuitous Violence (Self-help products that use
actual footage of violence as a commentary, as in
a documentary made to deter violent behavior, are
* Strong Sexual Content and Gratuitous Nudity Related
to Sex and Titillation
Lions has been awarded
this prestigious award and both the theatrical and
video/DVD release will bear the FAB Award Winner seal.
Line Cinema removed
a few words of profanity from Secondhand Lions in order
to meet the criteria for FAB's Award of Excellence. The
film stars Academy Award winners Michael Caine and Robert
Duvall as two crusty uncles to Oscar-nominee Haley Joel
Osment. ("The Sixth Sense"). Osment plays an introverted
boy who reluctantly finds himself spending the summer with
the uncles on their Texas ranch. Overtime, he is won over
by them and enthralled with their rememberances of their
youthful exploits. The film is MPAA rated PG for thematic
elements and action violence.
The Magazine BEST INTERGENERATIONAL FILM 2004
( formerly known as the American Association of Retired
Persons ) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated
to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 and
older. Through information and education, advocacy and service,
they seek to enhance the quality of life for all by promoting
independence, dignity and purpose.
January 26 , 2004 , their official magazine , AARP
The Magazine , released the list of winners in
13 categories for its third annual "Best Movies for
The Magazine instituted the awards to encourage filmmakers
to expand their vision and make more movies that resonate
with the growing 50+ audience. The winners were selected
by the magazine's editorial staff. The winners receive
La Chaise d'Or—The Golden Chair—a whimsical trophy
in the shape of a lounge chair, and will be profiled
in the March/April issue of AARP The Magazine, America's
largest magazine with a circulation of 21.5 million,
on newsstands February 16, 2004.
Lions has been named Best
Intergenerational Movie 2003 by AARP The Magazine.
Directed by Tim McCanlies , it features an awkward
city boy (Haley Joel Osment) who is dropped off with
two South Texas good ol' boys (Michael Caine and Robert
Duvall). He helps smooth their rough edges (especially
their habit of shooting at salesmen), but they have
wisdom to share, too. "In this youth-driven culture,
I don't think generations are around each other enough,"
writer-director McCanlies says.
for this award included Bend It Like Beckham
(soccer kicks up a family conflict), In America
(sorrow and happiness seal a family's love) and Whale
Rider (generations accept tradition and change).
Television Council SEAL OF APPROVAL
more than 850,000 members strong and growing every
Parents Television Council ( PTC ) was established
in 1995 as a nonpartisan group, offering private
sector solutions to restore television to its
roots as an independent and socially responsible entertainment
PTC recognizes excellence in the entertainment industry
by awarding its PTC
Seal of Approval. This award is given to worthy
television programs, made-for-TV movies, motion pictures,
and video games that help parents by providing entertainment
suitable for the entire family. Like the Good Housekeeping
Seal, the PTC Seal of Approval gives consumers the
information and confidence they need to make the best
awarding their Seal of Approval to Secondhand
Lions, PTC writes :
Parents Television Council is happy to award
Secondhand Lions the PTC Seal of Approval because
it tells a great story for families without
the use of sex, graphic violence, or excessive
Lions is a gem of a movie and is perfect for
families with older children who are too wise
for animated fairy tales, but who are not ready
for mature themes. Secondhand Lions presents
complex and engaging themes that will certainly
evoke conversation between parents and children.
This is a wonderful family movie and one that
parents and children will both enjoy.
Parents Television Council is proud to award
Secondhand Lions the PTC Seal of Approval .
sure to read their excellent
review of Secondhand Lions .
Film Festival Truly Moving Pictures Award of Excellence
2000, the Heartland
Film Festival created the Heartland Film Festival
Truly Moving Pictures Award of Excellence to honor
theatrically-released films with messages that align
with the Festival's mission.
23rd September 2003 , Heartland Film Festival ® announced
that it would present Secondhand Lions with its prestigious
Heartland Film Festival ® Truly Moving Pictures
Award of Excellence.
Lions is a film that exemplifies what the Truly
Moving Pictures Award of Excellence is all about,”
said Jeff Sparks, President of Heartland Film Festival.
“It’s a film that carries the potential to make a
difference in the lives of those who view it, and
it certainly has the ability to inspire the audience.
It is an honor to present Secondhand Lions with this
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Recommended Film of the Month September 2003
Broadcast Film Critics Association is the
largest film critics organization in the United States
and Canada, representing 184 television, radio and
in 1995, the BFCA presents its Critics' Choice
Awards each year to honor the finest achievements
in filmmaking. A portion of the proceeds from the
awards presentation ceremony at the Beverly Hills
Hotel is donated to the Starlight Children's Fund.
BFCA also selects a Film of the Month
and officially recommends other worthy films throughout
the course of the year. As an additional service to
moviegoers, each film is given a Critics' Choice Rating
(on a 1-10 scale, 10 being the highest), based on
the cumulative grades each film receives in the monthly
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a cumulative Critics Choice Rating of 81 and was awarded
Recommended Film of the Month for
September 2003 .