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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'

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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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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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£171,876 (UK) (21 August 2009)

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

Helvetica Black is also the name of a widely used font, her brother's name Cole Black is obviously a play on words (coal black). See more »

Goofs

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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Lug: [to Loogie] Your hands on the wrong hands!
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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
Courtesy Jimmy Bennett Publishing Designee (BMI)
Copyright © 2009
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Good natured fun
23 August 2009 | by (Redondo Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

Shorts is amusing and doesn't take itself seriously at all. It resembles Malcolm in the Middle, with the central kid's narration, the high-speed montages, and exaggeratedly eccentric characters.

The plot winds around a strange rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes. Inevitable, this results as you would expect, with carelessly thought out wishes backfiring for some good-natured slapstick comedy.

The actors make a pretty good ensemble cast, and seem to be enjoying making the film, but I think they know there won't be a lot of Oscars handed out for this movie. The montages are used as a buffer between scenes. They simulate video camera rewinding, or the kid's confused memory right after eating too much sugary cereal--I'm not sure. But I do think they're used too much, making them distracting. The story is told in non-linear style, jumping from the present to flashbacks and back again, but this seems more of an unnecessary gimmick that really doesn't help tell the story.

The adult characters are nutty and over the top, but the actors faithfully go for the silliness and do adequately. The child actors do well too, especially newcomer Jolie Vanier, as the bitter rich girl bully. She has one of the few characters with enough dimension (albeit comically exaggerated) to logically evolve throughout the story, and plays the role to the hilt. Her facial expressions are hilarious, and dominate every scene she's in. This actress has a promising future.

What the movie makers were wishing for was a simple kids' comedy, and that's just what this film is, no more--no less. It's all just some good clean fun, clowning around for its own sake.


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