• The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003)

The Battle of Shaker Heights

Release Date: August 22nd, 2003

DVD Release Date: December 9th, 2003

PG-13 |1 hr 18 min

Plot Summary

A quirky teen with a penchant for war reenactments, Kelly Ernswiler (Shia La Beouf) obsesses over military tactics with his buddy Bart (Elden Henson). The school bully (Billy Kay) is one of Kelly's regular headaches, and he also has to deal with a frustrating situation at home, where his father (William Sadler) is a recovering drug addict. Kelly's life gets even more complicated when he falls for Tabby (Amy Smart), Bart's pretty and soon-to-be-wed older sister.

Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Elden Henson, Amy Smart, Billy Kay, Kathleen Quinlan, Shiri Appleby, William Sadler, Ray Wise

Director: Kyle Rankin , Efram Potelle

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Universal/Universal Int

Distributors: Miramax Films

Keywords: 2000s, Mother, Growing up, Los Angeles, Friendship, Amusing, Father, Friend, Love interest, Underdog, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Another heartfelt coming-of-age story that plays much more like a television movie than a theatrical feature. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth WeitzmanNew York Daily News

    Surprisingly sweet and smart... LaBeouf does an excellent job, and the talented Beeney is one to watch. show more

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Isn't bad so much as jumbled...You get the sense of too much input, too many bright ideas, too many scenes that don't belong in the same movie. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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