Neighborhood watch

A teen puts his home detention to good use in `Disturbia,' a suburban version of `Rear Window'

Review B+

April 13, 2007|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

On its own teen-horror terms, Disturbia has the cozy delectability of a flapjack flipped just right. When a disgruntled adolescent cracks open a missing-person case by training his binoculars on a neighbor, The Breakfast Club meets Rear Window. The result should satisfy dating crowds from high school to night school.

The intriguingly named Kale Brecht (played by Shia LaBeouf) pops his Spanish teacher after the man asks what his father would make of his general misbehavior. Because his dad died in a car wreck - with Kale at the wheel - an understanding judge sentences him to house arrest, complete with ankle bracelet.

Disturbia (DreamWorks) Starring Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Roemer, Carrie-Ann Moss, David Morse. Directed by D.J. Caruso. Rated PG-13. Time 104 minutes.

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