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From executive producers Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and producer Chris Moore, THE BATTLE OF SHAKER HEIGHTS is the uniquely funny and touching comedy at the center of HBO's highly entertaining series PROJECT GREENLIGHT. For troubled high school senior Kelly Ernswiler (Shia LaBeouf -- CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE, DISNEY'S HOLES), life is war -- or at least an incredible simulation. With all the difficulties in his real life, Kelly has found just one true escape: Losing himself in fantasy reenactments of World War II's epic battles. Then he strikes up an unlikely friendship with fellow reenactor, preppy Bart Bowland (Elden Henson -- DUMB AND DUMBERER), and Kelly's life is set to explode in ways he never expected! Also starring Amy Smart (ROAD TRIP) and Kathleen Quinlan (APOLLO 13) in a winning cast of Hollywood favorites -- here's your chance to enjoy the final cut of the film millions watched come together in the second hit season of PROJECT GREENLIGHT.
This perfectly pleasant, if minor, coming-of-age comedy-drama is the second feature released via the Miramax/HBO/Ben Affleck-Matt Damon TV program Project Greenlight. Series viewers watched Heights directors Kyle Rankin and Efram Potelle struggle to get their vision of screenwriter Erica Beeney's story past an intractable producer. If the process was not pretty, the final result--i.e., this film--has some nice things. Leading the list is rising star Shia LaBeouf (Holes) as likable, 17-year-old misfit Kelly Ernswiler, coasting through life and fascinated by simulated war games. He befriends a sweet but cynical preppie, Bart Bowland (Elden Hensen), whose sexy older sister, Tabby (Amy Smart), offers Kelly a glimpse of adult passions and heartache. The cast is strong, including Kathleen Quinlan and William Sadler as the Caulfield-esque hero's troubled parents. There are solid moments of comedy and affecting, better-than-average drama. If Heights fails to ignite, at least it doesn't fail to move. --Tom Keogh
Thank you Matt, Ben and Project Green Light for this movie. Wonderfully written story and excellent direction. And Thank you Miramax for having faith. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Joyce Muir
I recently watched reruns of Project Greenlight (season 2), having never heard of it before. In the end, I had to see this movie, and I'm glad that I did. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dannyboy
A soap opera for film buffs and wanna be film industry types (such as myself).
Enjoyed every moment of it. Shia where did it all go wrong?
It took me year to finally sit down and watch this movie. I quite enjoyed it. It is defiantly classic Shia, sweet and funny. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Shianne C.
I'm interested in what goes behind the scenes of a motion picture. Turns out there is a lot more to the process than one might expect. Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by Scott FS
The product as a video was fine. I enjoyed the movie except I could not understand why I had sub titles when they were speaking English. Read morePublished on May 26, 2010 by Robert V. Hayes
Project Greenlight season two was very entertaining, unlike the movie that resulted from it. I think it is a wonderful idea, and applaud Ben And Matt for sponsoring it. Read morePublished on October 31, 2009 by H. Guentert
This is a must have if you like Mr. LaBeouf. He wasn't hot back then (cute, I'll give you), but his personality shines through loud and clear, and sweet and funny.Published on May 2, 2009 by emmy