|Starring:||Jon Voight, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette, Tim Blake Nelson, Dule Hill, Shia LaBeouf, Brendan Jefferson, Henry Winkler|
|Genres:||Children - Comedy, Disney, Family - Comedy, Musical|
|Studio:||WALT DISNEY HOME VIDEO|
|Collections:||Boys Only, December Picks, Easy Watching, Fun & Games, HD Family Fun, Kids' Classics, Kids: For Boys, Kids: Fun and Games|
|Run time:||1 hour 53 minutes|
|Rental release:||18 Mar 2004|
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The Shawshank Redemption for juvenile delinquentsBy zozrat (6 reviews) from London , 16 Apr 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Holes is based on the multi-award winning novel by Louis Sachar. It tells the story of Stanley Yelnats (write it backwards) (played by Shia LaBeouf) who has a talent for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
His grandfather tells him its all the fault of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather whose actions left the males in the family cursed forever and eternity; but Stanley doesnt believe in curses. Until a pair of trainers falls from the sky sparking a chain of events that leaves Stanley with an eighteen month sentence at Camp Greenlake, a correctional facility where they believe if you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy.
The Shawshank Redemption for juvenile delinquents, a tale of star-crossed lovers, a western, a fairytale and a hunt for buried treasure. Rarely has a film crossed genres so effectively and the result is a masterpiece.
The screenplay (also written by Sachar) is never trite or dull and is startling in its economy when dealing with such a complex storyline. The performances (including turns from Sigourney Weaver, John Voight and Patricia Arquette) are inspired.
Particularly impressive are the child actors (led by LaBeouf giving Tom Hanks a run for his money) who produce superbly naturalistic performances.
To label Holes a kids film is to discount the most original family film since The Princess Bride. Moving, funny and magical this is Gabriel García Márquez for new millennium.
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Great film of a fab bookBy FullofStars (41 reviews) from Scotland , 13 Apr 2013Super performances throughout from a great cast. Great family viewing: funny and thought provoking with a bit of mystery and fantasy too. Read the book too - it's even better.
Superb, watch itBy mdublin (5 reviews) , 25 Feb 2013Superb film, well worth watching and full of surprises. Great to see the writer of the book also wrote the screenplay and kept it true to the original. Also a great cast.
Oddly goodBy Holly86 (14 reviews) , 04 Feb 2013A peculiar title and a peculiar film, but overall entertaining. Stanley is plagued by a family curse, meaning nothing ever goes right for him or his relatives. He is accused of stealing and found guilty when he didn't do it. He is sent to a work camp instead of jail where all they get to do is dig holes in the desert. This is supposed to be a character building exercise but in reality the camp leader is looking for something she thinks is buried there. Him and another unfortunate young kid escape the camp and become allies. They end up on a fabled desert rock eating onions! Eventually the evil camp leaders are taken to justice and the family curse is lifted.
A VERY ENJOYABLE MOVIEBy cosytoes (7 reviews) , 31 Jan 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]A very enjoyable movie. It is so refreshing to watch a story that was unpredictable with a bit of old fashioned romance, good guys, bad guys and in all a feel good movie for all the family to enjoy.
good for familiesBy Kelly89 (7 reviews) from Nottingham , 20 Jan 2013Good family film, bit too obvious for an adult audience, but does all the feel good stuff you'd expect from it!
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