The Battle of Shaker Heights
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The Battle of Shaker Heights
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.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"After the movie scored poorly at a test screening, Miramax vice president Rick Schwartz bullied directors Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin into playing up the comedic elements and soft-pedaling the family drama."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Cinematic mush."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Suffers from a terrible script with grossly under-developed sub-plots and characters..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A movie such as this can easily get by on charm, so long as we get a surprise or two from the rest of the script. Therein lies the problem."
‑ Collin Souter,
"A movie as awkward and embarrassing as when you're 13 and your grandma sends you a birthday card with a clown on it."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"For most of its length it coasts by with above-average charm and a solid grasp of messy adolescent emotions."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's too much going on, but I think that as was the case with Stolen Summer, the actors rise above the material and make it worth seeing."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"An above-average teen film with a witty screenplay and undeniable charm."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"An unappealing melancholy sitcom dramatization."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Not especially original of concept or execution, but it's a pleasant enough script and very well acted by both youngsters LaBeouf and Henson and veterans Quinlan, Sadler and Smart."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"The film is well-acted and looks good, but it's so inconsequential and bland that you wonder what was it about the script that made anyone think it would make an interesting movie."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"An inoffensive, if somewhat bedraggled, little movie."
‑ Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
"All I can say is there's plenty of difficult people in Hollywood. We just aren't usually exposed to it. I think this film will speak for itself and the future of all involved."
‑ Jeff Otto, IGN Movies
"Even so flawed, it is remarkably engaging."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"[Potelle and Rankin] were set up to fail. And so they failed."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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