Shorts

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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

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  • Summary: Eleven-year-old Toe Thompson is the designated punching bag for the bullies of the suburban community of Black Falls, where his and everyone else's parents work for Black Box Industries, makers of the do-it-all gadget that's sweeping the nation. But during a freak storm, a mysterious RainbowEleven-year-old Toe Thompson is the designated punching bag for the bullies of the suburban community of Black Falls, where his and everyone else's parents work for Black Box Industries, makers of the do-it-all gadget that's sweeping the nation. But during a freak storm, a mysterious Rainbow Rock, which grants wishes to anyone who finds it, falls from the sky. Suddenly, the neighborhood that Toe already thinks is weird is about to get a lot weirder. As the Rainbow Rock ricochets around the town--from kid to kid and parent to parent--wishes-come-true quickly turn the neighborhood upside down in a wild rampage of everything from tiny aliens to giant boogers. The magical fantasy adventure Shorts is told through a series of interwoven not-so-tall tales that each brings to life the sometimes wonderful, often terrible, and totally out-of-control wishes that become far more than Toe and his neighbors ever imagined. (Warner Bros.) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    80
    More zippy, diverting fun from Robert Rodriguez's family filmmaking factory.
  2. Rodriguez, is a hack in the best sense of the term, often serving as producer, director, writer, shooter and composer – all of which come into play for Shorts .
  3. Magic vies with technology in this exuberant adventure comedy, which unfolds achronologically in a series of zany, effects-laden vignettes.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    60
    A preachy parable of suburban discontent, Shorts probably has enough kid-oriented slapstick to please the under-12 set. But it's not likely to rival writer-director Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids" series in long-term appeal.
  5. I'm not sure if parents will be counting out each of Shorts 89 minutes or not, begging for it to end, but I'm guessing 8-year-olds will absolutely love it, because Rodriguez isn't talking down to them or using pop-culture references in place of actual gags; he's making what might be called eye-level children's entertainment.
  6. 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.
  7. 25
    The movie is as lumpy and misshapen as a giant booger.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. May 26, 2012
    6
    The shorts out of order thing is obviously a weird gimmick to attempt to make it seem cooler. It does get a little out of hand, but my familyThe shorts out of order thing is obviously a weird gimmick to attempt to make it seem cooler. It does get a little out of hand, but my family found it to be pretty fun to watch Expand
  2. Dec 19, 2015
    5
    Children have their own history , but they get a stone short , hatching so embarrassing , or not put as a story , rather short , but theChildren have their own history , but they get a stone short , hatching so embarrassing , or not put as a story , rather short , but the script is so fun , the same special effects to movies "Spy Kids" but very damaged the plot Expand
  3. RickA
    Sep 15, 2009
    5
    This was one of those that was just o k. I did not like or dislike this movie. Worth the money is a question only you can answer after seeing This was one of those that was just o k. I did not like or dislike this movie. Worth the money is a question only you can answer after seeing this one. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Aug 23, 2009
    4
    "Shorts" might be headache-inducing, but that's only if you're old enough to have seen "The Goonies"(the Richard Donner-directed "Shorts" might be headache-inducing, but that's only if you're old enough to have seen "The Goonies"(the Richard Donner-directed film which had some film critics reaching for the Tylenol, or revolver) in its original theatrical run, because more likely than not, moppets and sprouts are going to love the Booger Monster like how the ogre-like creature from the 1985 Steven Spielberg-produced summer blockbuster kept the analog generation in thrall. Presented as a series of linked stories, needless to say, "Shorts" has no aspirations to be literary(like Ernest Hemingway's short story collection, also linked, "In Our Time"), but that doesn't mean this CGI-laden film is completely devoid of sophistication. In the prologue, a bully picks up a rainbow colored stone, then hurls it at Toe Thompson(Jimmy Bennett), who promptly falls from a tree. The multi-hued piece of mineral matter just happened to be lying there, without explanation. Also in the prologue, Toe's friend Loogie(Trevor Gagnon) has a relentless supply of objects(which are identified as chocolate bars in another story) pouring out from both pockets; again, at that juncture, without any justifying cause. By some fluke, the unofficial prologue of "Shorts" shares with Ernest Hemingway's first short story collection, a stylistic decision to present its narrative without exposition. Although not for one second is this tiresome film the least bit engrossing, as family entertainments go, however, "Shorts" differs in that the story unravels non-linearly, which may provide young moviegoers with the dexterity to enjoy sequentially-challenged films such as Christopher Nolan's "Memento" and Jill Sprecher's "13 Conversations About One Thing", when they grow up. Expand
  5. Nov 16, 2013
    2
    Shorts is far too long.
    The movie is absolutely terrible, horrible kids movie, and just awful in general. The script is bad, the acting is
    Shorts is far too long.
    The movie is absolutely terrible, horrible kids movie, and just awful in general. The script is bad, the acting is bad, and the entire premise is just terrible.
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  6. ShawnP
    Aug 24, 2009
    2
    Random and pointless.
  7. Dec 20, 2010
    0
    not worth seeing . so a magic rock , big deal . if i could rewind time i would not see it . everybody was booing . i understand . it is likenot worth seeing . so a magic rock , big deal . if i could rewind time i would not see it . everybody was booing . i understand . it is like unwashed ripped shorts ! Expand

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