Shorts (2009)

Shorts (2009)

Shorts (2009)

A zippy, wacky kids flick from filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids).

In the suburb of Black Falls all the houses look the same and everyone works for Black Box Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated, makers of 'The Black Box' - the ultimate communication and do-it-all gizmo that's sweeping the nation. But 11-year-old Toe (Jimmy Bennett) doesn't care much for the gadget, all he wants is to make some friends. When a mysterious rainbow-coloured rock falls from the sky, hitting him in the head, Toe discovers something better than The Black Box. The rock grants wishes to anyone who holds it.

Before long, wishes-gone-wrong have left the neighbourhood swarming with tiny spaceships, crocodile armies, dinosaurs, giant boogers and mayhem around every corner. But it's not until the grown-ups get their hands on the rock that the trouble really starts. Now Toe and his new buddies join forces to save the town from itself.

200989 minsUSA, United Arab Emirates
AdventureComedyKids & FamilyKidsScience Fiction
Director:
Robert Rodriguez ('Spy Kids', 'Sin City', 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico', 'From Dusk Till Dawn')
Writer:
Robert Rodriguez
Cast:
Kat DenningsLeslie MannJames SpaderWilliam H. MacyJimmy BennettLeo Howard
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Its great

This movie id great for 1-13 year old. But, anyone older will definately be asleeep in the theatre.

4.0

I laughed and laughed

This is witty, cleverly put together and has lots of wry digs at the adult high tech world. I loved the Spy Kids movies too - good to get on dvd if you haven't already seen them and the director includes great extras on how to make a movie.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

More zippy, diverting fun from Robert Rodriguez's family filmmaking factory.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Gaudy, goofy and too busy for its own good. For every idea or sight gag that sticks, there’s 10 that don’t. Best for DVD, when you’ll be in control of the pause button.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Soon becomes tiresome, but it’s emblematic of a film that is dancing as fast as it can to entertain.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The problem with Shorts is in the execution. The blown-up plot line at times derails even the little ones, the many fine comedic grown-ups are mostly squandered, and the "message" part of the movie feels like it was thrown together during detention, resulting in a wrap-up that is rushed and cloyingly PC.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Adult actors pretty much let the youngsters upstage them. The two leads, Bennett and Vanier, do a nice job holding the center of gravity while the film goes nuts around them. Best of all, Shorts is short, finishing before you can truly get tired of all those wishes gone wrong.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Despite the usual Rodriguez abundance of effects, there is a pleasingly traditional feel to this tale.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

More zippy, diverting fun from Robert Rodriguez's family filmmaking factory.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Gaudy, goofy and too busy for its own good. For every idea or sight gag that sticks, there’s 10 that don’t. Best for DVD, when you’ll be in control of the pause button.

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Soon becomes tiresome, but it’s emblematic of a film that is dancing as fast as it can to entertain.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The problem with Shorts is in the execution. The blown-up plot line at times derails even the little ones, the many fine comedic grown-ups are mostly squandered, and the "message" part of the movie feels like it was thrown together during detention, resulting in a wrap-up that is rushed and cloyingly PC.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Adult actors pretty much let the youngsters upstage them. The two leads, Bennett and Vanier, do a nice job holding the center of gravity while the film goes nuts around them. Best of all, Shorts is short, finishing before you can truly get tired of all those wishes gone wrong.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Despite the usual Rodriguez abundance of effects, there is a pleasingly traditional feel to this tale.

3.0

Its great

This movie id great for 1-13 year old. But, anyone older will definately be asleeep in the theatre.

4.0

I laughed and laughed

This is witty, cleverly put together and has lots of wry digs at the adult high tech world. I loved the Spy Kids movies too - good to get on dvd if you haven't already seen them and the director includes great extras on how to make a movie.

4.0