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At Theaters: 4/18/2003 On Video: 9/23/2003
Rated: PG Length: 2 hr. 7 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 399977
Studio: Disney Pictures Inc.
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Perpetually in the wrong place at the wrong time, Stanley is unfairly sentenced to months of detention at Camp Green Lake for a crime he didn’t commit. There, he and his campmates – Squid, Armpit, Zig Zag, Magnet, X-Ray, and Zero – are forced by the menacing warden and her right-hand men Mr. Sir and Mr. Pendanski to dig holes in order to build character.
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Adventure - An adventure that's just not very fun or interesting. The adult characters are generally mean and violent. The story flashes back to the old west to tell the history of the main characters family curse and these scenes aren't very interesting, especially for kids. The kids in the story are basically mean to each other and don't band together to fight the common enemy. There are some goofy scenes that will likely have adults rolling their eyes in disapproval.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Sigourney Weaver HEARTBREAKERS, GALAXY QUEST, ALIEN RESURRECTION
Jon Voight A DOG OF FLANDERS, VARSITY BLUES, THE RAINMAKER
Patricia Arquette LITTLE NICKY, BRINGING OUT THE DEAD, STIGMATA
Tim Blake Nelson THE GOOD GIRL, O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU
Shia LaBeouf DUMB AND DUMBER
Director: Andrew Davis COLLATERAL DAMAGE, A PERFECT MURDER
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About The Film
Casting The Film
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PROFANITY: 1 A-word, just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Several shootings and men killed. Nothing graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: A man is shown drinking and drunk in one minor scene.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Only a couple dozen funny scenes. Some crude humor from boys.
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Very Good

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Roger Ebert  Full Review
Very Good "Holes jumps the rails, leaves all expectations behind, and tells a story that's not funny ha-ha but funny peculiar. I found it original and intriguing. It'll be a change after dumbed-down, one-level family stories...I walked in expecting a movie for thirteensomethings, and walked out feeling challenged and satisfied.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Very Good "Fans of the whimsical and clever book can rest easy: There are no holes to report in this faithful and highly entertaining film version of Holes. It's great to see an action-adventure family film with heart as well as humor, whimsy alongside wisdom, and a compelling narrative.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "Based on Louis Sachar's Newbury award-winning book, this coming-of-age adventure applies fairy-tale elements to a gritty situation, with surprisingly interesting results. Though the disparate narrative threads are well integrated the film still lags periodically, but its real liability is on the special effects front: The sub-par digital effects — particularly in the scenes featuring poisonous lizards — detract noticeably from the overall atmosphere.''

Newsday  Full Review
Very Good "It's a fat, overstuffed bird of a plot, but the messiness is part and parcel of the film's off-center appeal. Director Andrew Davis bends and stretches the film stylistically according to the demands of the moment. Cartoon villains Voight, Weaver and Nelson keep one foot planted in breezy caricature while the parallel interracial stories keep the other planted in a heightened realm of social reality. For the most part, it pays off: Only the scenes involving Stanley's family push the film into cutesy-land. "Holes" is a wayward charmer."

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 160 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
43
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
11
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
24
Very High
96%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
8
Very High
88%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
7
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
30
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
37
High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

I WAS WRONG! I predicted most adults would rate Holes just "OK." I was WAY OFF! The people I saw this movie with also thought it was just an "OK" movie, so that's what I predicted. Obviously most moviegoers enjoyed Holes very much, giving it some very high opinions. So, based on these outstanding opinions, I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND HOLES.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
I believe most adults will find Holes to be just an "OK" movie, at best. Kids who have read the book, will probably enjoy Holes, since it so closely follows the book, but I doubt they will love it as they do many other Disney movies.

I found Holes to be slow, somewhat violent and not very funny. It's just not the "light, fun" Disney movie it appears to be. Part of the problem is the constant flashbacks to the old west where the origins of the family curse are explained. These flashbacks do nothing to make the story lively and fun. In fact, they do the opposite by showing a raciest related killing.

One bright spot is Jon Voight's character. He's great fun to watch. Also the movie ended well and helped a little to make up for the rest of the movie. Still, this is a movie that parents will probably want to drop their kids off at, while they go see something else.

If you don't get to see Holes at theaters, it will make a great video rental.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The story of Stanley Yelnats (SHIA LaBEOUF) – an unusual young hero, dogged by bad luck stemming from an ancient family curse. Perpetually in the wrong place at the wrong time, Stanley is unfairly sentenced to months of detention at Camp Green Lake for a crime he didn't commit. There, he and his campmates – Squid, Armpit, Zig Zag, Magnet, X-Ray, and Zero – are forced by the menacing warden (SIGOURNEY WEAVER) and her right-hand men Mr. Sir (JON VOIGHT) and Mr. Pendanski (TIM BLAKE NELSON) to dig holes in order to build character. Nobody knows the real reason they're digging all these holes, but Stanley soon begins to question why the Warden is so interested in anything "special" the boys find. Stanley and his campmates must stick together and keep one step ahead of the Warden and her henchmen as they plot a daring escape from the camp to solve the mystery and break the Yelnats family curse.
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