Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Yes, I realize this is a kids' movie, but that's no excuse for short-circuiting creativity."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Light, silly fun, amiably performed by both its veteran cast and exuberant young 'uns."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"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."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Shorts is constantly pinballing back and forth, from one thing to the next, in such a hyperactive fashion that one wishes it would just slow down a bit."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"The movie is as lumpy and misshapen as a giant booger."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"My fourth-grader giggled maniacally. The 9-year-old in me did, too."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"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."
‑ Simon Foster,
"...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?"
‑ Rubin Safaya,
"A fun trifle -- essentially, a homemade 'Little Rascals' update in which youngsters with a 'wishing rock' wreak accidental havoc (and create upright crocodiles, a giant dung beetle, a 'big bad booger' monster and an intellectual telepathic baby)."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"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."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Be careful what you wish for, Shorts reminds us; you just might get it. Especially if that wishing was along the lines of a smart and funny kids' flick."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Chaotic, messy, and horribly mind-numbing..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"...a mishmash of slapstick fights, tiny green men, galumphing alligators, nose picking, giant booger monsters, and endless silliness."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"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."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
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