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  • PG
  • Adventure, Comedy
  • 2003
  • 117 mins

Holes

Holes

Synopsis

Digging holes in the desert proves unexpectedly rewarding in this children's flick

About

Holes is based on a 1998 children's novel by Yiddish author Louis Sachar that was phenomenally popular with adults and children in America. The novel tells the story of Stanley Yelnats (LaBoeuf, who replaced Frankie Muniz when the 'Malcolm In The Middle' star dropped out due to scheduling conflicts), a teenager who's sent off to a merciless work camp in the desert after being wrongly convicted of stealing a pair of trainers.

Forced to dig huge holes all day long in the burning sun by wicked overseer "Mr Sir" (Voight), Stanley begins to realise that the camp's warden (Weaver) has an ulterior motive for making the inmates dig in the sand. Far from trying to punish or rehabilitate these young hoodlums, The Warden is searching for something that has been hidden in the desert for decades - a treasure that has more to do with Stanley's convoluted history than he realises.

Quirkily offbeat, this decidedly unusual children's tale is in stark contrast with most saccharine kiddie flicks. Indeed, it's so quirky you're left wondering how many of the target 8 to 13-year-old audience are likely to give it a whirl instead of moving onto something more obviously orientated towards their tastes.

It's difficult to imagine how many pre-teens will be willing to put up with the script's overly-complicated flashback structure and meandering pace. While adults will doubtlessly enjoy the hammy turns from Jon Voight, Sigourney Weaver and Henry 'The Fonz' Winkler, such incidental details are likely to leave children rather nonplussed. A shame since this is actually a cut above most of the pap that masquerades as children's movies.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Henry Winkler, Khleo Thomas, Shia LaBeouf, Byron Cotton, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight
  • Director: Andrew Davis
  • Screen Writer: Louis Sachar
  • Producer: Mike Medavoy, Andrew Davis, Lowell D Blank, Teresa Tucker-Davies
  • Photographer: Stephen St John
  • Composer: Joel McNeely

In a nutshell

Too offbeat for its own good, this adaptation of Louis Sachar's novel is marred by an overly complicated plot that's likely to leave children more confused than content.

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