Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Khleo Thomas, Jon Voight, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette
Sometimes you have to dig down deep to find out who you really are. Out of the Texas dust swirls a tale of crime, punishment, and redemption. The surprising action is as tightly coiled as a rattlesnake. Newcomer LaBeouf plays the innocent Stanley, who is nabbed for stealing a pair of sneakers, and sent to a youth center, where juvenile delinquents build character by digging holes. To restore order, he must face family curses, bullies, and poisonous yellow-spotted lizards.
What Parents Like: Despite arriving in the summer camp from hell, Stanley remains an incredibly moral and decent person. The film tackles tough issues such as racism, corruption, and homelessness.
What Kids Like: Kids will dig the street credibility, gritty soundtrack, and how everything unexpectedly comes together in the end.