Shorts [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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Eleven year-old Toe Thompson is the designated punch bag for the bullies of the suburban community town of Black Falls, where his and everyone else's parents work for Black Box Industries, the makers of the do-it-all gadget that's sweeping the nation. During a freak storm a mysterious Rainbow Rock, which grants wishes to anyone who touches it, falls from the sky. Suddenly the neighbourhood that Toe already finds weird is about to get a lot weirder.As the Rainbow Rock ricochets round the town, from kid to kid, parent to parent, wishes come true and soon throw the entire community into complete disarray. Robert Rodriguez, the director of hit family movie Spy Kids, brings kids an action-packed and hilarious adventure movie with Shorts. All a parent could ask for from a fun-filled wholesome piece of entertainment.
A fantastical story, relayed in the form of short vignettes by director Robert Rodriguez, Shorts is the story of a magic wishing rock and kids' imaginations gone wild. The film plays a lot like the The Little Rascals films from the 1920's-1940's. It's made up of short, comical episodes that focus on kids' adventures and how imagination drives their play.When a magical rainbow rock falls from the sky and lands in the middle of tech-town Black Falls, a young boy Toe (Jimmy Bennett) discovers that the rock has the power to grant his every wish. The victim of constant bullying, Toe wishes for friends as unusual as himself and ends up with a posse of aliens who protect him while seriously complicating his life. As narrator, Toby quickly stops the film, explaining that his experience is really the middle of the story, and then rewinds repeatedly to relate various encounters between neighbourhood kids and the magic rock. Each short is its own journey into a kid's imagination where wishes for everything from a treasure hunt, to a fortress guarded by crocodiles, a super smart baby with telepathic powers, and a booger monster grown from one boy's booger are immediately granted. These fantastical wishes wreak havoc on the entire Black Falls community: the children, the technology obsessed, disconnected Black Box employees, and the tyrannical Black Box boss Mr. Black (James Spader). In the end, the magic rock is a catalyst for change, encouraging kids and adults to work together and inspiring serious reflection regarding one's wishes, dreams, and goals. Rodriguez does a great job of portraying the wildness of kids' imaginations and viewers that delight in over-the-top ridiculousness and the overtly gross will laugh hysterically throughout the film. Unfortunately, those who demand restraint may find it overdone. --Tami Horiuchi
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One day while being attacked by bullies, Toe finds a special rainbow colored rock. Following the instructions he hears, he makes a wish for friends, only to find small aliens following him around. But things get out of hand at school the next day, and the rock begins a journey around the neighborhood. As various people unknowingly make wishes while holding the rock, crazy things start to happen. Will life for the citizens of Black Falls ever be the same?
I will confess, I saw this movie because the previews I saw for it made it look like a mindless funny family film.
If only I had know.
Before I get to trashing the film, let's discuss what I did like. Some of the situations were funny, and one running gag involving a brother, sister, and a staring contest was great.
The problems with the movie? Where do I even begin?
Unlike the movie, let's start at the beginning. The movie is told is a series of smaller stories. You could call them chapters, really. These short sections are how the movie got its name. But we aren't told the story in chronological order. I'm not exactly sure why since all this convention did was distract me from what was on the screen.
Now I knew from the previews that this movie would feature some pretty far fetched fantasy that was going to be played for laughs.Read more ›
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.
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.
If you are just wanting a film for the kids then it's great but this probably won't entertain mum and dad, try Coraline or Up , they find the balance for the adults and the children very well.
so that would be 2 stars from me but the kids gave it 5 so we settled on 4.
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I really tried to watch it but after 10 minutes I thought, If this is all there is available then I will go back to painting the fence.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
the worst film i have ever seen acting horrible special effects awful showed my whole family every hated it should be off amazon never watch it ps it sucksPublished 4 months ago by Rica-jo C.