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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.
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.
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.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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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.''
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 OnlineFull
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
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 OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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