Holes (2003) Kids will dig the big-screen adaptation of Louis Sachar's best-selling, award-winning book about a group of delinquent boys who get caught up in an age-old…
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Holes (2003)

Shia LaBeouf, Holes | LEAPING LIZARDS LeBeouf dug himself into a ''Hole'' with some not-so friendly friends
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LEAPING LIZARDS LeBeouf dug himself into a ''Hole'' with some not-so friendly friends

Details Release Date: Sep 23, 2003; DVD Release Date: Sep 23, 2003; Movie Rated: PG; Genres: Kids and Family, Mystery and Thriller; With: Shia LaBeouf, Khleo Thomas, Jon Voight and Sigourney Weaver; Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Kids will dig the big-screen adaptation of Louis Sachar's best-selling, award-winning book about a group of delinquent boys who get caught up in an age-old curse as they shovel holes to ''build character'' in a desert camp. The well-orchestrated mix of realism (merciless authority figures castigate youngsters) and magical fable (an unsuspecting boy's familial legacy causes weird things to happen) brings to mind a certain other wildly popular kids' book. (Think wizards.) But this tale is more grounded, with a prematurely mature Shia LaBeouf (''The Battle of Shaker Heights'') sagely leading a spirited group of young actors. EXTRAS Buried treasure's more like it: Extensive interviews with actors and crew (including screenwriter Sachar), a gag reel, deleted scenes, and two commentaries leave no stone unturned.

Originally posted Sep 26, 2003 Published in issue #730 Sep 26, 2003 Order article reprints