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Shorts (2009)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  21 August 2009 (USA)
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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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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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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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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£171,876 (UK) (21 August 2009)

Gross:

$20,916,309 (USA) (11 December 2009)
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Released theatrically in the US on the same day as Inglourious Basterds (2009) by Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez' last film was their collaboration Grindhouse (2007). See more »

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During the initial classroom scene when the teacher is conducting an experiment with catalysts, the "blink contest" girl blinks in a brief moment wherein the aliens are circling the bottoms of the classroom desks, ruining her record. See more »

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Helvetica Black: Shall we do this?
Toe Thompson: I just realized something. I know why you have them beat up on me everyday.
Helvetica Black: 'Cause I hate you?
Toe Thompson: Because you love me. That's right isn't it? We're both outsiders, We're both ignored, we both have railroad tracks for braces. we're lonely and boring and always getting in trouble because we have nothing else better to do.So, you're head-over-heels in love with me and that makes you furious! Am I right?
Helvetica Black: How about... NO!
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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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Summer Never Ends
Words and Music by Jimmy Bennett
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Copyright © 2009
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Kids will like it but not love it.
19 October 2011 | by (Pakistan) – See all my reviews

SHORT REVIEW

Synopsis: A young boy living in a cookie-cutter suburb gets hit on the head with a rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes to anyone who holds it in this family-oriented fantasy comedy from Spy Kids director Robert Rodriguez. All the houses in Black Falls look exactly the same, and everyone who lives in this suburban Shangri-la works for Black Box Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated. A highly profitable company thanks to their latest invention, Mr. Black's Black Box -- an all-in-one communication device that's revolutionized the technological landscape - - Black Box Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated also employs the parents of 11-year-old Toe Thompson. But Toe isn't entirely sold on the concept of this corporate conglomerate; all he wants is to make some new friends, and that wish comes true after Toe is struck in the head by a mysterious rainbow-colored rock that falls right out of the clear blue sky. A magical stone that puts Mr. Black's Black Box to shame, Toe's rock possesses the power to grant wishes. Now, as the rock begins to change hands, Black Falls is overrun by miniature spaceships, crocodile armies, boogers the size of boulders, and whatever other oddities the imaginative local kids happen to dream up. Who would have thought that the real trouble would start once the grown-ups in town get their hands on the mysterious rock? With the situation quickly spiraling out of control, it's up to Toe and his friends to save the townspeople from themselves by proving to them that the things you wish for may not actually be the best things for you.

Starring: Jimmy Bennett, Jake Short, Kat Dennings, Trevor Gagnon, Devon Gearhart , Jolie Vanier , Rebel Rodriguez , Leo Howard , Leslie Mann , Jon Cryer , William H. Macy , James Spader , Angela Lanza , Alejandro Rose-Garcia , Cambell Westmoreland , Zoe Webb , Chris Orf , Tina Rodriguez , Jack Hurst , Jonathan Breck , Racer Rodriguez , Rocket Rodriguez , Elizabeth Avellan.

Directed By: Robert Rodriguez.

Review: So this was a Family comedy adventure movie back then that i saw on DVD. i use to see movies on DVDs a lot in those days, i mean 2009 and early 2010. i thought i will have a nice time watching this light hearted family movie directed by Rodriguez and it looked nice too from the previews. a nice concept.

It yet again was a disappointment. i don't know why but most of our directors just can't make good children movies. it however not was a mess like his few other children movies. it had a nice and limited Cartoonish type of visual effects that were there to please younger children. it is a movie for them they will like it and enjoy it very much.

There are many characters in the movie playing a role in it so many stories are there which is why i can't describe this movie in few words as this is a short review but it revolves around a wishing rock which fulfills any wish. there are some evils trying to get it and children has to save it. below average direction and screenplay but the plot might be a bit amusing for some audience.


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