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Shorts 2009

4.0 out of 5 stars (34) 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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Was a really fun film that me (the dad), and my 11 yo daughter and 9 yo son enjoyed. Daughter though the cutup storyline would be hard to follow, but we all got it. Good acting and pretty decent special effects. Well worth a watch.
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The story is told to us by Toby "Toe" Thompson (Jimmy Bennett). He lives in Black Falls, a special subdivision built around the plant that creates the Black Box. All the adults work in the factory. These devices not only serve as cell phone, computer, and PDA, but they also toast your bread, groom your dog, and do anything else you could want them to do.

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.
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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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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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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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A family film is one which can be enjoyed by all ages from the youngest members of the family through to the great grandparents and there are loads out there , this however is not one of them , don't get me wrong, my kids loved it and laughed alot but it was just a bit too childish for me and quite odd .
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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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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