The Battle of Shaker Heights is directed by the team of Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin. Kelly Ernswiler (Shia LaBeouf) is a quirky 17-year-old whose greatest passion is reenacting battles from World War II. After meeting Bart Bowland (Elden Henson), someone who is nothing like him but shares his passion, Kelly ends up putting his battlefield knowledge to work in real life. The script by Erica Beeney was the winner of the second Project Greenlight competition. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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This movie began on the right foot. I thought I had found one of those "diamond in the dust" films, but it turned out to be muddied cubic zerconium. The cast of many under-rated actors made a worthy effort of trying to move the movie along. Although there were some funny parts, the whole story is rather dull and never really takes off. LeBeouf's intellectual, sarcastic character showed potential of some sort of coming-of-age story but stoped before really making sense. The movie was far too short to achieve what it should have.
I went in not knowing what to expect but was pleasantly surprised! The movie is full of first-rate banter and some very likable protagonists. My only issue I think might be an editing issue. That is to say that people respond to Labeouf's character at times as if he were hateful and selfish but in the movie he comes off likeable and witty (leaving me to wonder if the film makers choose to edit out his flaws). Because of this you get a cute movie who's ending doesn't flow with the rest of the film. The movie is definetly worth a watch though. The banter doesn't come off as pretencious and Shia Labeouf is a curly-haired cutie pie who delievers it effortlessly. He also carries the movie. The only other memorable performance is by Ray Wise who is unfortunately only in it for a matter of minutes but lights up the screen for that brief time.
I loved this movie, Of course I am just like the main Star a huge history Buff who knows more than everyone else and not afraid to tell you just that... This could have been my life story......AWSOME....and I thought Shia was great this kid will do great things