Holes has some awesome stuff, particularly the characters. Sigourney Weaver does an excellent job as The Warden because she is just like The Warden in the book. I also liked Jon Voight as Mr. Sir because he is as mean as the Mr. Sir in the book is. The movie does have some great actors.
Holes contains a plethora of characters that have weird nicknames. The boys at Camp Greenlake include Armpit (Byron Cotton) got his nickname because he stinks like a garbage can. Magnet (Miguel Castro III) got his because he's a kleptomaniac. Zero (Khleo Thomas) got his because everyone thinks he is nothing and a nobody. Those are only some of the characters we saw at Camp Greenlake.
Shia LaBeouf (Stanley) is a newcomer to movies. He regularly appears on the Disney Channel as Louis Stevens on "Even Stevens." He will be appearing in Dumb and Dumberer later this summer, but LaBeouf does a poor job in the movie Holes. Like many of the well-known actors in Holes Weaver was brought to the role when her child saw the script and begged her mother to take the role. A veteran of such films as Ghostbusters, Death and the Maiden, and Copycat Weaver took her child's advice and took a role she was perfect for.
My recommendation is to read the book. The novel was splendid, the movie wasn't. If I were you, I would wait for the video, the movie gives the book a bad name.
By Idania G.