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Shorts 2009

4.0 out of 5 stars (26) IMDb 4.9/10

A young boy's discovery of a colourful, 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.

Starring:
Jimmy Bennett, Jake Short
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

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Genres Fantasy, Children & Family, Science Fiction, Comedy
Director Robert Rodriguez
Starring Jimmy Bennett, Jake Short
Supporting actors Kat Dennings, Trevor Gagnon, Devon Gearhart, Jolie Vanier, Rebel Rodriguez, Leo Howard, Leslie Mann, Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, James Spader, Angela Lanza, Alejandro Rose-Garcia, Cambell Westmoreland, Zoe Webb, Chris Orf, Tina Rodriguez, Jackson Hurst, Jonathan Breck
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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As regular readers of Radiant Rose's reviews will know, I will watch anything with James Spader in it. This loyalty, however, was put to the test when I learnt of his decision to appear in a film where he would be wearing fake ears. Plus, there is a snot monster in it. Not really my sort of thing. At all.

But ... a fan is a fan. And I was pleasantly surprised by this. Fortunately, the snot monster looked very generic and didn't really remind me of nasal contents, and the part with the bird dropping wasn't too foul either. I have seen far more gross body fluid jokes in some teen-movie spoofs.

The film held my attention. I passed on the DVD to a family member, and have heard that it is a big hit with seven year old boys.

I loved the featurette where Robert Rodriguez showed how he and his children had made the rough version of the film (to show to financial backers). (The other featurette, with the baking, seems a little out of place.) Three of Rodriguez's children, Rebel, Racer and Rocket, act in the finished film.

All in all, I would watch this again. Particularly if I were babysitting.
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SHORTS. Well, i couldn't make up my mind. On the one hand, some scenes were pretty funny and interesting and on the other hand this was kinda one of the most irritating films ever made! Hellvetica Black is the bullying daughter of MR BLACK who has created the Black Box. Furious at the mindless rip-offs being made all over the world, he decides to take his power to new lengths. But little does he know that there is one, tiny little stone that is more powerful than anything that ever was or ever will be created on planet Earth. A rainbow coloured rock!

So yeah, the plot is reasonably funny, interesting and magical. But the people who thought of this film decided to ruin it and turn it into lots of short stories. They keep pausing, playing, rewinding and fastforwarding right in the middle of intense action scenes. This was unnecessary, as they could have just made a normal, children's comedy adventure! i find myself agreeing more with the 1 & 2 star reviews more than the 4s & 5s. So i decided maybe i should give this a 3 star.

RENT IT!
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Before I start my review, you should probably know that I'm on my Dad's Amazon account. I thought this movie was good, though some of the animations weren't very good. I read the reviews and I thought that this film would be a bad idea, but still I got my Dad to buy it for me, and it turned out to be really good! I find it a bit odd that a twelve year old can understad the order of events when a few other reviewers can't. I'm not saying that anybody is stupid or anything, but Toe (the narrator and main character) told the story in the wrong order (on purpose) but I still managed to figure out the correct order. It wasn't exactly hard. The movie is quite funny, and also slightly weird. Helvetica (the bully) becomes Toe's "No longer enemy" at the end of the movie, but still denies that she has a crush on Toe, when actually, she does. I thought this movie was good, although, it was a bit Short! I hope this helped you! Shorts [DVD]
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"Shorts [DVD] [2009]" Very great movie,amazing & hot boys,special effect,story,alot boys beauty,fantasy,robot,aliens,spacecraft,baby talking,stone rainbow skies to make wishes,strange secret society or company named"The Black Box Inc",Jimmy Bennett
are cute & all boys actors Like Trevor Gagnon, Leo Howard and Rebel Rodriguez are very hot & sexy,"Shorts" it is the only movie I really love,better than
"The Neverending Story" but i love Noah Hathaway in this movie,in short "Shorts"
this is the pinnacle of true cinema created only & just4me ,Thanks You "My" unknow God :)
...sorry but I consider myself single and does not set me through the crowd
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Saw this at the cinema when it came out and wanted to see if we liked it as much second time round. We did. Particularly liked that it went forwards and backwards in time and you thought you knew what was going on then it gave you another perspective. My kids aged 8 and 9 got it all, and were glued to see where it would go next. Thought it was creative and funny. Buy it, but not if you like your films to get from A to B by the most direct route.
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This is one of the best films I've seen this year. Yes, it was a bit random - that was the point! Hilarious cuts from scene to scene, crazy moment to outrageous incident, and forwards and backwards in time. Favourite moments: a crocodile hurtling through the air, jaws open, frozen above her head by a baby who suspended time. And the film-long staring contest. If you don't get any other children's film this year, get this!
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A Kid's Review on 21 Aug. 2010
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'Shorts' is an ok family film. But there are several things that make it bad:

- It has a messed up storyline.

- Some acting was terrible (lead rold was good)

- They tried to make it more funny than it actually is.

- Some bits were totally disgusting.

But i did think the lead role was good and i like the idea of the wishing rock. Overall, 3 star.
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It should have a parental guide of under 7 only. Its that level. Seven year olds and younger will love it. Its just too silly, boring and words fail me, otherwise. Disappointing considering the Director also did Lave girl/shark boy which was a huge hit. What was he thinking in this one. ?
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