Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock

2009

Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock

Critics 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

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Cast

Jimmy Bennett
as Toe Thompson
Jake Short
as Nose Noseworthy
Kat Dennings
as Stacey Thompson
Devon Gearhart
as Cole Black
Jolie Vanier
as Helvetica Black
Leslie Mann
as Mom Thompson
Jon Cryer
as Dad Thompson
William H. Macy
as Dr. Noseworthy
James Spader
as Mr. Black
Angela Lanza
as Teacher
Elizabeth Avellan
as Voice of the Baby
Alejandro Rose-Garcia
as John/Boyfriend
Zoe Webb
as Blinker #2
Chris Orf
as Goofy Host
Tina Rodriguez
as Female Employee
Jonathan Breck
as Security Guard
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All Critics (101) | Top Critics (27)

  • All of these adventures call on Rodriguez's fascination with visual effects, which could be tough on his human cast, but he has the wit to keep them in focus. All up, it's good fun.

    Oct 2, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • In the Disneyfied dumbed-down marketplace for kids' films, there's something daring and even refreshing in a movie which messes with conventional narrative. If only it wasn't so frantic.

    Aug 24, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The latest child's-eye adventure from Robert Rodriguez, Shorts doesn't hit the heights of his Spy Kids series. But it provides just enough smart, silly fun for families desperately seeking an easy escape from hazy August humidity.

    Aug 21, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie is as lumpy and misshapen as a giant booger.

    Aug 21, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Shorts may not be destined for long-term greatness -- it feels cheerfully disposable in every way -- but the film is also fast and funny, and grown-ups will not suffer sitting through it.

    Aug 21, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Yes, I realize this is a kids' movie, but that's no excuse for short-circuiting creativity.

    Aug 21, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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