Disney's adaptation of Louis Sachar's acclaimed kids' novel struggles to compress a complex storyline and under-serves the book's dark, idiosyncratic magic realism. Fighting a family curse and a frame-up for celebrity shoe-stealing, teen Stanley Yelnats (Shia LaBeouf) ends up in juvenile boot camp in the Texas desert. Here he digs endless holes for the warden (Sigourney Weaver) and her sidekick (a scenery-chewing Jon Voight) before heroically rescuing a pint-sized pal.

Film Details

  • PG
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: April 1st 2004

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