The Battle of Shaker Heights Reviews
When you're 17, every day is war. With all the difficulties in his real life Kelly Ernsweiler finds himself in fantasy reenactments of World War II battles as his one true escape. He then strikes up in an unlikely friendship with a fellow reenactor, and Kelly's life is set to explode in ways he never expected! Released on August 22, 2003, 'The Battle Of Shaker Heights' was directed by Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin and spun off from the HBO series 'Project Greenlight'. I only checked out this film for Shia LaBeouf, who did a really fine acting performance with his troubled personality that proved himself as an actor playing a war reenactor. His Even Stevens days now behind him, Shia also did Holes around the same time and was only years away from 'Transformers' that would make him more famous. And though I felt mostly drama throughout a fresh, original storyline it was in some ways funny even for a short running time of 79 minutes. Overall, I found this title great and would recommend it for the LaBeouf fans.
Director: Efram Potelle, Kyle Rankin
Summary: Teenaged Kelly (Shia LaBeouf) loves reenacting battles. When he befriends Bart (Elden Henson), also a war enthusiast, they decide to take on a school bully by using time-tested strategies. But their friendship is tested when Kelly falls for Bart's sister. Directors Kyle Rankin and Efram Potelle and screenwriter Erica Beeney are winners of Project Greenlight, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's moviemaking contest.
My Thoughts: "It was funny and entertaining. Shia plays a kid who's mother is a painter and kinda a hippie.. His father is a recovering drug addict trying to better himself by helping those who are still addicts.. Shia's character is funny, smart, and angry. I think others would enjoy this movie. It was made before Shia got big.. I think it kinda reminded me of his Even Stevens character with all the smart come backs.. Liked Elden Henson in this movie too. Haven't really seen him in a lot of films."