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A young boy's discovery of a colorful, wish-granting rock causes chaos in the suburban town of Black Falls when jealous kids and scheming adults alike set out to get their hands on it.

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A young boy's discovery of a colorful, wish-granting rock causes chaos in the suburban town of Black Falls when jealous kids and scheming adults alike set out to get their hands on it.

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Not So TALL Tales From The Director Of 'Spy Kids'

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Rated PG for mild action and some rude humor | See all certifications »

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21 August 2009 (USA)  »

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Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£171,876 (UK) (21 August 2009)

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$20,916,309 (USA) (11 December 2009)
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Trivia

Jon Cryer (Dad Thompson) and James Spader (Mr. Black) last appeared together in the movie Pretty in Pink (1986). See more »

Goofs

When Loogie wished to have the telephone gone, he was eating cereal and clearly wasn't holding the rock when he made the wish. The rock was on the table next to his bowl. See more »

Quotes

Loogie: I'm tired of video games and i'm bored with TV. Let's do something.
Laser: We been through this before. There's nothing else to do. Come play video games with us we need a third person.
Loogie: [Loogie starting to smile] Let's go an outdoor adventure.
Lug: [getting the remote] There's a huge thunderstorm. Look.
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When the closing credits reach the song section, Jimmy Bennett states he wrote the song 'Summer Never Ends' thereby his wish came true See more »

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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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Summer Never Ends
Words and Music by Jimmy Bennett
Courtesy Jimmy Bennett Publishing Designee (BMI)
Copyright © 2009
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An excellent family film
11 September 2009 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

After the atrocious family films Spy Kids 3D : Game Over and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, I was not interested in watching Shorts, another independent family film directed by Robert Rodriguez.However, a look at the cast revealed the presence of some competent actors (James Spader, William H. Macy, Leslie Mann and Kat Dennings), so I decided to risk myself and watch this movie.To my huge surprise, Shorts resulted to be an excellent family film which is likable and hugely entertaining, thanks to the skillful performances from the young cast and Rodriguez's irreverent screenplay.

At setting the movie on a real environment (instead of the artificial digital universe), Rodriguez did not require of big excesses for telling the story.The special effects look realistic, but they do not loose Rodriguez's characteristic surrealism on them.Shorts may not be his best family movie (I liked the original Spy Kids a bit more), but it is the one which mostly represents the naughty childish imagination, which is funny and innocent but not lacking of some subversion.

All the performances from this movie show a lot of energy and enthusiasm, but the movie rests on the shoulders of the childish cast with excellent results.The phenomenal discovery of Jolie Vanier is particularly remarkable.She reminded me thanks to her histrionic force and great presence of Christina Ricci on her juvenile roles.

With the exception of Up, Shorts is the best family film I have seen this year.I ended up taking a great surprise with this great family movie, and I recommend it as an excellent option for the whole family.


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