A largely-forgotten adaptation of a truly delightful book, Holes (2003) sees Shia La Beouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and The Fonz bring to life the characters of a fictional correctional camp for kids: Camp Green Lake.
Stanley Yelnats (Shia La Beouf) is an innocent young man sent to Camp Green Lake (it’s not green and there’s no longer a lake) where he has to dig holes every day after being falsely accused of stealing a pair of shoes. Mr. Sir (Jon Voight) is in charge of making sure the lads don’t slack off their duties or faint in the heat but it’s really The Warden (Sigourney Weaver) who is the force to be reckoned with – the number one rule is not to get her angry. Over time it becomes clear that The Warden isn’t just getting the boys to dig holes in order to teach them a lesson, she’s looking for something linked to both her personal history and that of Stanley’s. Something that has the power to change all of their lives forever and right the wrongs of the past. Throw in bit part performances from Patricia Arquette, Eartha Kitt and Siobhan Fallon and you’ve got all the ingredients of a fun-packed but intriguing yarn that will entertain kids young and old.
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