Chandler Canterbury
Review: Outcast kids defy camp bullies in 'Standing Up'
Review: Outcast kids defy camp bullies in 'Standing Up'

Scrubbed clean and sanded around the edges, "Standing Up" is a sanitized version of Brock Cole's '80s young adult novel "The Goats." It's a curious entry in director D.J. Caruso's filmography, a benign kids movie in a career that launched with the edgy crime drama "The Salton Sea" more than a decade ago and has grown increasingly more accessible in the years since. Perhaps it's meant to be a work his kids can watch, but it's unclear who this blandly titled drama is aimed at — devoid as it is of humor or any real hazard and lacking the provocative undertones of its source material. When outcasts Howie (Chandler Canterbury) and Grace (the ethereally lovely yet awkward Annalise Basso) are...