Based on the best-selling childrens' book by Louis Sachar, the film follows the highly unusual adventures of one Stanley Yelnats. Dogged by bad luck stemming from an ancient family curse, young Stanley (Shia LaBeouf) is packed off to Camp Green Lake as punishment for a crime he didn't commit.
Once there he finds that Camp Green Lake isn't green, doesn't have a lake and is more like a labour camp than a summer camp. Stanley, along with and his colourful campmates -- Squid, Armpit, Zigzag, Magnet, X-Ray, and Zero -- is forced by the menacing warden and her henchmen 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 any unusual objects the boys happen to find. Stanley and his campmates must learn to stick together as they stage a daring escape from the camp and embark on a quest to solve the mystery and break the Yelnats family curse.
What the critics are saying:
"...Holes has enough wit and wisdom to be an entertaining alternative to the effects-heavy world of Harry Potter's Hogwarts."- Jamie Russell, BBCi"I walked in expecting a movie for thirteensomethings, and walked out feeling challenged and satisfied. Curious, how much more grown up and sophisticated Holes is than Anger Management."- Roger Eberet, Chicago Sun-Times"Children will be delighted, but no less so than the grateful parents who accompany their offspring to theaters. Like the hugely popular Spy Kids movies, Holes has something to offer to viewers of all ages..."- James Berardinelli, ReelViews
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