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Based on Louis Sachar’s award-winning novel of the same name, with a screenplay by Sachar, and directed by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive and A Perfect Murder, among others), Holes is an excellent film for young and old alike. It’s not often that a kids’ film gets this high a caliber of cast and treatment. In addition to Voight, it stars Sigourney Weaver as the mysterious “Warden,” Patricia Arquette and Tim Blake Nelson (of O Brother, Where Art Thou?) along with a great group of young actors headed by Shia LaBeouf, who plays
Holes is chock-full of themes about friendship, courage, perseverance and combating injustice, but mainly it’s just a great story told with a lot of humor and heart, plus a great soundtrack! The story is too grown-up and sophisticated for young kids (its themes are mature and there’s a killing and angry mob scenes in the Old West section), but it should be seen by everyone from about age 8 on up. Rated PG.