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Shorts (2009)

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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'


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£171,876 (UK) (21 August 2009)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The blinkers blink when the aliens go across the school floor. See more »


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 »


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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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Crazy Credits

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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Spy Ballet
Written by Robert Rodriguez
Courtesy of MRX Music Corp. (ASCAP)
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Not the best, but not terrible.
1 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You could do worse than to take your kids to see this film.

I'm rating this on the same level I rated "The Final Destination" and "GI JOE."

"The Final Destination" was a silly gimmicky horror film. "GI JOE" was a silly generic action film. "Shorts" is just a silly generic kids film, and when I say it's a kids film, I mean it's a KIDS film.

Children will either like it or they won't. It's got a lot of stuff in it that will probably keep an undiscerning 5-10 year old entertained for an hour and a half. However, anyone over a certain age will just go... "Hey, that's kind of ridiculous..."

The acting ranges from good to bad. The special effects are mostly obvious CG effects. The story is kind of lame, but it's a kids movie. Really everything in this film is just... OK. It's not a terrible film, but there's nothing that really makes it stand out either. The one thing I kind of liked was the story structure and editing style, but that's just about it.

I just think its a kids film that tries a little too hard to be "just for kids." It doesn't really respect the intelligence of the kids watching it, but if the kids aren't picky anyway, it's not really a problem.

I wouldn't really recommend it, but there's nothing wrong with it. If you just want to take your child to a movie, and this is the only thing playing, I'd say go for it. But its not something you absolutely have to see.

5/10 - Generic kids film, but it's not terrible.

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