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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, 23 August 2009

Gross USA:

$20,919,166

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,972,508
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock" made Ryan Mitchum, most well known for his collaborations on YouTube gaming channel Snapcube and Real-Time Fandubs, fail his 7th grade science group project because Devon Gearhart, his project partner, had to leave part-way through the project to film "Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock". See more »

Goofs

When Toe returns home with his "friends", the front door has horizontal glass. However once Toe steps inside, the door apparently has changed to fixed glass. See more »

Quotes

Laser: Hey she has a rock just like ours.
Lug: That is ours, you dummy.
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Crazy Credits

Asides from the Warner Bros. Pictures, Imagenation Abu Dhabi, Media Rights Capital and Troublemaker Studios logos, there are no opening credits after the title has been shown. See more »

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Soundtracks

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 MartianOctocretr5See 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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