VIDEO: Holes (2003)

Full of Questions brings you Holes, the 2003 movie based on the Louis Sachar YA novel. Shia LaBeouf is teenager Stanley Yelnats (geddit?), who’s falsely accused of a crime and sentenced to a concentration camp juvenile detention camp where the kids are forced to dig holes each day. Meanwhile, in flashback, we learn how Stanley’s entire family was cursed by Eartha Kitt, and how Patricia Arquette was a notorious bandit back in the 1800s.

[Note from the reviewer: Yes, I am aware that Stanley should have had a public defender at his trial. At least I can say that Sachar is a lawyer, so it was an even bigger mistake on his part.]

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  • Firingwall

    Oh yeah, I remember this movie.  The book it was based off was kind of weird and pretty dark in hindsight, but it was probably the best book I had to read in middle school.  The rest of the books were all about death and dealing with it.  Not the kind of books that encourages kids to read more.

  • Jm-james

    You would understand the hate if you saw the Transformer movies. Plus he attained total D-bag status when he publicly alluded that he slept with Megan Fox while she was involved with someone else at the time.

    • FullofQuestions1

      I didn’t know that, yikes.

      Little story: I was watching Radio Dead Air a couple of weeks ago. When Nash made a comment about Shia being horrible, the chat exploded with “He was good in Holes.”

      • TheCrazyFish

         On the other hand, Shia LeBouf also publicly said he thought Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was shitty, so there’s that note in his favor.

      • Derek Johns

        Isn’t kind of sad the movie they used to defend him is ten years old though?

        • FullofQuestions1

          Hey, the movie I use to defend Kristen Stewart is eight years old.

          • The_Stig

            I always say that Kristen Stewart can act, she just doesn’t.

          • Derek Johns

            I actually haven’t seen Speak yet but I liked her in The Panic Room.

  • Cristiona

    Wow.  Movie audio is MUCH better this time around! Your own audio is much less harsh, too. 

    Oh, and a very enjoyable review.

  • Sofie Liv

    Never heard of this book nor this movie.
    But… it looks like some-thing right up in my alley actually. This looked like a great movie, I think I just might check it out for myself.

    Good job 🙂

    • FullofQuestions1

      Thanks, and I think you’ll enjoy it a lot.

  • Ed Wong Hau Wuncler IV

    I actually studied this book in Year 8 English and was actually interested in it. A book I’m studying for English class is interesting on it’s own that I can re-read it at leisure? Surely not! But it was and when I saw that this movie was on the Disney Channel, I wondered what it would be like. It was surprisingly good, Shia Lebeouf was only starting out and I thought he did a good job, despite the odd casting choice (which didn’t bother me THAT much, seeing how I wasn’t a critic as a child and he acted very well) and most of it wasn’t as watered down as I thought it would be.
    A rare exception when a live-action Disney Channel movie in the 2000s is watchable at any age. I do hold it in high regard and I think the Warden is an underrated villain in general. Looking at her backstory and that nail polish scene, I forgot how unnerving she was. Sigourny Weaver was the perfect cast choice. Tall, intimidating and takes no bullshit.
    Poor Kissin’ Kate though. Forced to become a homicidal maniac after her love and her school house were taken away. Your review made me realise how tragic that flashback story was.
    A good review of a good movie. Rare to see on a site called the Agony Booth. 🙂

    • FullofQuestions1

      I actually thought that one of the few things the movie made better than the book were the flashback scenes-the acting is absolutely brilliant. Also, when you watch the scene (you may already know this)- the man to whom Sam offers onions as a cure for baldness is Louis Sachar. 

      • Ed Wong Hau Wuncler IV

        Never would have expected that from Patricia Arquette eh? I knew Sachar had a cameo but I didn’t know that he was that part.
        Also, that ‘Dig It’ song at the beginning is catchy as hell! It sounds like it goes well with the clanking, digging and throwing motions and sounds that the shovels make, kinda like a weary work song.
        Also, do you know which two animated shows have characters, whose names make up my username? Maybe a badly worded question but which two shows?

  • Tedzey71

    I made sure to finish the book when the movie came out, and I don’t regret it! While I do feel that I don’t care too much when adaptions alter the source material so it can work for film, however this was one I did out of anticipation from my classmates. My only regret (and it’s a nitpick) is when Sploosh was made out of onions and peaches. While it was indicated that peaches were used, having the onions included were overkill. Especially since the onions were already brought up in keeping away the yellow spotted lizards.

    • FullofQuestions1

      And it doesn’t even work!