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Shorts [Blu-ray] (2009)

Jon Cryer , William H. Macy , Robert Rodriguez  |  PG |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, Leslie Mann, James Spader, Jimmy Bennett
  • Directors: Robert Rodriguez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0021L8URQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,924 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shorts [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

The Magic of Shorts

Shorts Show and Tell

BD-Live features

Ten Minute Film School: Short Shorts

Ten Minute Cooking School: Chocolate Chip Volcano Cookies

Editorial Reviews

A fantastical story, relayed in the form of short vignettes by director Robert Rodriguez, Shorts is the story of a magic wishing rock and kids' imaginations gone wild. The film plays a lot like the The Little Rascals (Our Gang) films from the 1920's-1940's: it's made up of short, comical episodes that focus on kids adventures and how imagination drives their play. When a magical rainbow rock falls from the sky and lands in the middle of tech-town Black Falls, a young boy Toe (Jimmy Bennett) discovers that the rock has the power to grant his every wish. The victim of constant bullying, Toe wishes for friends as unusual as himself and ends up with a posse of aliens who protect him while seriously complicating his life. As narrator, Toby quickly stops the film, explaining that his experience is really the middle of the story, and then rewinds repeatedly to relate various encounters between neighborhood kids and the magic rock. Each short is its own journey into a kid's imagination where wishes for everything from a treasure hunt, to a fortress guarded by crocodiles, a super smart baby with telepathic powers, and a booger monster grown from one boy's booger are immediately granted. These fantastical wishes wreak havoc on the entire Black Falls community: the children, the technology obsessed, disconnected Black Box employees, and the tyrannical Black Box boss Mr. Black (James Spader). In the end, the magic rock is a catalyst for change, encouraging kids and adults to work together and inspiring serious reflection regarding one's wishes, dreams, and goals. Rodriguez does a great job of portraying the wildness of kids' imaginations and viewers that delight in over-the-top ridiculousness and the overtly gross will laugh hysterically throughout the film. Unfortunately, those who demand restraint may find it overdone. (Ages 10 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

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Eleven-year-old Toe Thompson is the designated punching bag for the bullies of the suburban community of Black Falls, where his and everyone else's parents work for Black Box Industries, makers of the do-it-all gadget that's sweeping the nation. But during a freak storm, a mysterious Rainbow Rock, which grants wishes to anyone who finds it, falls from the sky. Suddenly, the neighborhood that Toe already thinks is weird is about to get a lot weirder. As the Rainbow Rock ricochets around the town - from kid to kid and parent to parent - wishes come true and quickly turn the neighborhood upside down in a wild rampage of everything from tiny aliens to giant boogers.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing good to say . . . August 5, 2012
By Sean D
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Bad story, bad script, bad dialog and bad acting. Movie budget was probably about a hundred bucks and they kept the producer happy by not going over. Unless you're doing dishes and need steady background noise, avoid this one.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Family Fun!!! September 16, 2009
I thought this was a really good and very funny movie that the whole family will love! It has an awesome plot, funny situations, and lovable characters. The movie is told out of order in a series of 'short' episodes! In the town of Black Falls, all the adults work for Black Box Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated. Toby Thompson is a lonely kid who gets picked on gets picked on by Mr. Black's kids, until Toby finds a Rainbow colored wishing rock that will grant his every wish. Toby is just one of the many kids who have found the rock, like Nose Noseworthy, Loogie, Cole, and Helvetica Black. When Mr. Black gets ahold of the rock, he uses it for world domination. Can the kids of Black Falls stop him before he becomes mad with power? I highly recommend SHORTS!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shorts...... November 29, 2009
A cute family movie geared towards the younger generation! It was fun to watch with the children though.Mostly clean with a little crudeness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my boys liked it a lot July 2, 2014
By katie
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My 7 and 8 year old really liked watching it. They thought it was funny n entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My kids love this movie! June 25, 2014
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I rented this film for my kids to watch on our Amazon TV. They watched it over and over. Money well spent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for the whole family April 7, 2014
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This entertaining movie is about some kids who find a wishing rock--and then tussle with the moral implications of having that much power. Of course, grownups manage to mess things up along the way. With cameos from Leslie Mann, Jon Cryer, James Spader, and William H. Macy, along with some fun special effects, this was one we all enjoyed. We showed it for my third-grader's sleepover, and it was a hit with everybody...also, clean without being boring. My six year old liked it just as much.
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1.0 out of 5 stars P a i n f u l . . . January 6, 2014
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Sorry, this movie was awful to sit through for adults. My 6 year old liked it and my 14 year old thought it was terrible. I think for kids under 7 it would be a good fit but do yourself a favor and put the movie on in another room for the kids and watch something else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great undersung film! November 18, 2013
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More people should whould watch this movie! It is so wonderful. Funny but mostly wholesome with tons of fun cameos!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
My grandchild loves this movie and it was bought for her.
It will be watched over and over. It is a very fun movie.
Published 5 months ago by Kanilou
2.0 out of 5 stars commitment--they can live to be 36 yrs. old
Ugh. Bought at a toy store with my kids. ****No life span listed nor long term commitment stated on package***These frogs are cool until you learn they can live to be 36 years old. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Rosenthal
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny stuff!
This movie really made me laugh out loud. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and would see it again.
Published 10 months ago by George Grimm Jr
3.0 out of 5 stars TIME FILLER
My daughter saw this movie in the theatre a few years ago and just wanted to see it again. Not as good as the SPY KIDS brand which Rodriguez directed as well.
Published 14 months ago by ReTyre E
4.0 out of 5 stars Shorts Creative Kids Movie
Robert Rodriguez does not dissapoint my kids! Creative and funny. Like all the Spy Kids movies, my kids were entertained!
Published 15 months ago by Blanca
5.0 out of 5 stars shorts
my kids 3 and 5 really enjoyed this movie. they watched it 3 times in 2 days. a good movie the whole family will enjoy. kept the kids laughing till the end.
Published 16 months ago by Clay
3.0 out of 5 stars 5-year olds love it
Kind of a qwerky movie. but the juvenile humor entertains my twin grandsons. They really like the booger that turns into a monster. Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. Hoffman
3.0 out of 5 stars It is interesting
It is not as good as many other children's movies, but an interesting family show. It is mostly a kid's movie.
Published 17 months ago by Ty Hale (age 8)
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