If you’re looking for a good movie to watch with the family (or just generally), Secondhand Lions is worth looking up. The story, though a little quirky, is both entertaining and amusing, while remaining clean and generally light. More importantly, though, the message is one worth hearing.

As the name subtly alludes, the film explores the questions that attend two older men’s transition from lives of adventure and excitement into retirement – how do they respond to their aging bodies when their hearts are as restless as ever? Can they find satisfaction in their new lives? Do they still have any use to anyone, or are they “all washed up?” Fittingly, Robert Duvall and Michael Caine are the two actors chosen to explore this theme – both lions of their own generation, but whose glory has faded in recent years. As such, their performance itself may allude to some of the film’s answers.

Furthermore, tied into this message is a secondary theme of faith, particularly as applied to manhood. Duvall’s character is particularly instrumental in championing this vision of faith as a masculine virtue, meaning (in his words) “the faith to believe in the things most worthy of belief.” This would include things like courage, honor, love, and man’s redeemability. In the film’s context, faith becomes an active virtue, spurring men to leadership and courageous deeds, which is an important message for today’s context where faith is often passive and real, virtuous leadership (particularly male leadership) is lacking, at best.