• Shorts (2009)


Release Date: August 21st, 2009

DVD Release Date: November 24th, 2009

PG |1 hr 29 min

Plot Summary

In the little town of Black Falls, every house looks the same and almost everyone works for Black Box Unlimited Worldwide Industries, purveyors of a device that is sweeping the nation. Toe Johnson, 11, is unimpressed with the company and its wares; he just wants a few friends. Then, a wish-granting rock falls from the sky and changes everything. The town swarms with wishes gone amok, but the trouble really begins when adults get their hands on the rock.

Cast: Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, Leslie Mann, James Spader, Jimmy Bennett, Kat Dennings, Jake Short, Devon Gearhart

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Genres: Fantasy , Adventure , Comedy , Action

Production Co: Troublemaker Studios

Distributors: Warner Bros.

Keywords: School, Amusing, Temptation, Mother, Father, Friendship, Family, Brother, Madcap, Sister, 2000s

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 60
    Mark JenkinsNPR

    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. show more

  • 75
    Connie OgleMiami Herald

    Fast and funny, and grown-ups will not suffer sitting through it. show more

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