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‘Holes’ is a 2003 film based on the novel of the same title by Louis Sachar. The story is based on a wrongfully convicted boy who is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he joins the job of digging holes for some mysterious reason.The film was produced by Walden Media and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The movie made US$ 71 million at the box office against a $20 million budget, making the film a moderate financial success. The film garnered much critical praise, receiving a 77% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The closing credits of the film feature the music of the director's brother, musician Richard "Richie" Peter Davis co-founder of the Chicago Catz cover band.
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Destiny, redemption, and family curses form the thematic foundation of Andrew Davis's "Holes," a kid-friendly adventure based on the beloved, kid-friendly book. While the film has no pretensions of being anything more than an solidly energetic adaptation of the book, it has enough going on by its climax that it should appeal to adults as well.
Moving back and forth between flashbacks and the present day, "Holes" follows Shia LaBeouf's Stanley Yelnats as he does time at a juvenile facility for stealing shoes. His punishment at the detention ranch is to dig holes with everyone else incarcerated there. There maybe something more than meets the eye to the ranch and its cadre of adult characters, and lessons are learned as…
The first book that I read all by myself (yeah, I was good; I got a gold star!), and one of the best films of my childhood. While it doesn't quite hold up as well nowadays, it's worth watching for a reasonably not-annoying Shia LaBoeuf and John Voight stealing the show. It's a good, honest, family adventure. What more do you want?
The novel "Holes" by Louis Sachar is my favorite children's book. It's probably really high on my list of favorite books of all time as well. The way that he can take all of these seemingly unrelated elements, and somehow make them make sense and come together by the end is really astounding. It's one of the most meticulously plotted books I've ever read. It doesn't treat its audience (mostly children, which is a shame) like idiots. That book is great.
The movie is also pretty good. It's a childhood favorite of mine, so I mostly enjoy it for nostalgic reasons. It does a good job of staying true to the novel, almost to a fault. I usually like adaptations…
I'm hoping LaBeouf splashes out another $25,000 on skywriting this:
"I PEAKED AT SEVENTEEN"
Minimal excitement, I failed to enjoy it and thought it was a waste of money producing it. I am sure a disabled rat would be capable of producing something more productive than little boys digging holes. And despite the inaccurate message, it bored me to death.
A boy being punished for a crime he didn't commit learns there's more going on at a juvenile correctional facility than meets the eye in this comedy drama. Stanley Yelnats IV (Shia LaBeouf) is a teenager who has been told all his life that the men in the Yelnats family are cursed, thanks to a false promise his great, great grandfather made to a fortune teller. Given his frequent bad luck, and that which follows his father (Henry Winkler), Stanley has no trouble believing this. Stanley's bad luck. This movie is funny and they are some really good shots in the film that made it more enjoyable.
So... a film adaptation of this fantastic children's book starring Shia LaBeouf? To be quite frank, it sounded like a recipe for disaster. In actual fact, it was pretty good. I was a little unsure of how they handled the protagonist Stanley Yelnats' family, but the film definitely seemed to capture the basic spirit, if not the quality, of the book. That said, there were somewhat goofy elements, particularly when portraying 'the bad guys'. It feels like the movie reverts into a rather overly 'kiddy' comedy whenever the fimmakers are worried things are getting too dark. Jon Voigt in particular seems to randomly shift from scary to goofy in order to make the film more child-friendly.
Personally, I reckon children…
I never read the book so I had no biases or concerns seeing this. Supposedly, Richard Kelly was commissioned to write a script for it. It was apparently too dark for its built-in audience of kids, but I can totally see why he came to mind as the man for the job, because Louis Sachar's story is original and inventive family entertainment, swelling with quirks and twists and resisting the formulas that widely characterize this kind of movie.
Family friendly adventure/mystery story. Harmless and enjoyable.
When I was kid this was my favorite book. I used to hate reading back then but I must've read this half a dozen times. Looking back, the story is nothing great and is really rather predictable. However, the air of recklessness about kids at a juvenile camp is probably what drew me to the story. At that age, kids nicknamed Magnet and Zig-Zag were awesome. Now, less so.
A number of days ago I was scrolling through the TV guide and stumbled across Holes and switched to it. After about only two minutes I changed the channel having decided that I didn't want to delve to deeply at that point as I would prefer to rewatch the film in…
Not a terrible movie for kids and young adults. The story is incredibly coincidental and sometimes silly which might turn off adults. The soundtrack is atrocious and some of the acting is over-the-top. Otherwise it's pretty well made and watchable.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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