Battle of Shaker Heights, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Flat coming-of-age dramedy about a high-school WWII buff (Shia LaBeouf) who finds himself emotionally flanked by a strained relationship with his ex-junkie father (William Sadler) and an epic teen-age crush for a friend's older, soon-to-be-wed sister (Amy Smart). Though imparting a sketchy message about family and forgiveness, the movie, which awkwardly hedges drama and comedy, suffers from directors Kyle Rankin and Efram Potelle's inability to channel a profusion of subplots into an emotionally engaging story. Minimal crude language, battlefield re-enactments and some drug references. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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