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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.

Director:

Robert Rodriguez

Writers:

Robert Rodriguez, Álvaro Rodríguez (additional story concepts)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Bennett ... Toe Thompson
Jake Short ... Nose Noseworthy
Kat Dennings ... Stacey Thompson
Trevor Gagnon ... Loogie
Devon Gearhart ... Cole Black
Jolie Vanier ... Helvetica Black
Rebel Rodriguez ... Lug
Leo Howard ... Laser
Leslie Mann ... Mom Thompson
Jon Cryer ... Dad Thompson
William H. Macy ... Dr. Noseworthy
James Spader ... Mr. Black
Angela Lanza ... Teacher
Alejandro Rose-Garcia ... John / Boyfriend
Cambell Westmoreland Cambell Westmoreland ... Blinker #1
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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,410,339, 21 August 2009

Gross USA:

$20,916,309
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Stacey Thompson was to be originally played by Alexa PenaVega, but a scheduling conflict with her film, Broken Hill (2009), which was filmed in Australia lead to her having to be recast, Kat Dennings was cast instead. See more »

Goofs

There's no glass on the ground, despite Nose's booger monster smashing the shield. See more »

Quotes

Cole Black: Hey metalmouth! Got another date with the trashcan.
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Spy Ballet
Written by Robert Rodriguez
Courtesy of MRX Music Corp. (ASCAP)
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Skittles overload
26 August 2009 | by Jay_ExiomoSee all my reviews

One-man film crew Robert Rodriguez' moonlighting into kiddie fare has at best produced mixed results, here epitomized by his latest juvenile project, "Shorts," a wishy-washy tale about kids finding their inner heroes and saving their smalltime town. Returning to the hyper-earnest mode of his "Spy Kids" trilogy, director-writer-DP-editor Rodriguez nonetheless can't muster enough cheerio for anyone but the youngest viewers to get over an overabundance of special effects and a monotonous feeling.

As well as pertaining to the stature of its young protagonists, the title of Rodriguez' wishful thinking tale concerns his narrative's central gimmick: a series of short episodes shown as per the whims of its young narrator Toe Thompson (Jimmy Bennett). Told in a fractured timeline, the series of interlocked episodes show how the town of Black Falls is dominated by the techno mogul (James Spader), and how a group of kids -- including Toe -- change the neighborhood for the better with the help of a rainbow-colored stone that grants the wishes of anyone who possesses it.

Save for the campy blink-first-standoff between two kids, "Shorts"' subplots never evolve into a compelling unit, with Rodriguez running amok with his "homemade" CGI -- perhaps reflecting the unrestrained euphoria of a kid getting his hands on a magic stone -- that does nothing to add to the novelty of its uncharacteristic style. Ultimately predictable and reeking of half-assed effort, the whole procedure gets exhausting after a few rounds of cutesy moxie, though at least Rodriguez wisely sticks to the context of his movie's title and keeps his film reasonably concise.


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