Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock (2009)
Critic Consensus: Shorts has imagination and energy, but most viewers beyond elementary school will likely tire of the kiddie humor and sensory overload.
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A young boy living in a cookie-cutter suburb gets hit on the head with a rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes to anyone who holds it in this family-oriented fantasy comedy from Spy Kids director Robert Rodriguez. All the houses in Black Falls look exactly the same, and everyone who lives in this suburban Shangri-la works for Black Box Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated. A highly profitable company thanks to their latest invention, Mr. Black's Black Box -- an all-in-one communication device that's revolutionized the technological landscape -- Black Box Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated also employs the parents of 11-year-old Toe Thompson. But Toe isn't entirely sold on the concept of this corporate conglomerate; all he wants is to make some new friends, and that wish comes true after Toe is struck in the head by a mysterious rainbow-colored rock that falls right out of the clear blue sky. A magical stone that puts Mr. Black's Black Box to shame, Toe's rock possesses the power to grant wishes. Now, as the rock begins to change hands, Black Falls is overrun by miniature spaceships, crocodile armies, boogers the size of boulders, and whatever other oddities the imaginative local kids happen to dream up. Who would have thought that the real trouble would start once the grown-ups in town get their hands on the mysterious rock? With the situation quickly spiraling out of control, it's up to Toe and his friends to save the townspeople from themselves by proving to them that the things you wish for may not actually be the best things for you. Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, Leslie Mann, and James Spader co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
|Rating:||PG (for mild action and some rude humor)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy|
|Directed By:||Robert Rodriquez, Robert Rodriguez|
|Written By:||Robert Rodriguez|
|In Theaters:||Aug 21, 2009 Wide|
|On DVD:||Nov 24, 2009|
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as Stacey Thompson
as Cole Black
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as Mom Thompson
as Dad Thompson
as Dr. Noseworthy
as Mr. Black
as Voice of the Baby
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as Goofy Host
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Critic Reviews for Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock
Light, silly fun, amiably performed by both its veteran cast and exuberant young 'uns.
It is a wildly self-indulgent fantasy adventure that should have gone straight to Youtube, where all 'Dad-thinks-he's-cool-with-a-camera' home videos belong.
Yes, it's definitely made for the much younger set, but it also has quite a few zany little off guard touches, resulting in genuine laughs for anyone who can appreciate the humor.
...what poignancy is served injecting heavy messages about parenting... into a movie which glorifies the suburban existence, makes light of bullying, and gratuitously employs property destruction for comic effect?
Audience Reviews for Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock
very different than many kids films and is very good
Let me guess. You scrolling down the review section of our profile, looking at each poster on the left of the reviews, and come across this review and see only kids on the film poster. Yes! Robert Rodriguez's "Shorts" is a kids-only film. The film's actors are decent but the film and its sense of humor is too silly for adults. But I have to give props to its creativity, the way the film is split into chapters (probably a homage to Quentin Tarantino movies), and energy.
Not as good as the "Spy Kids" movies but better than the terrible "Sharkboy and Lavagirl" movie. Eeesh! Double eesh!
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