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Shorts [Blu-ray]

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Shorts 2009 (Blu-ray)

Spy Kids filmmaker Robert Rodriguez hatches a fun-filled story of the chaos that erupts when folks young and old get their hands on a rainbow-striped Wishing Rock. Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, Leslie Mann and James Spader star in this hilarious not-so-tall tale.

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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

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


Product Details

  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0021L8URQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,788 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shorts [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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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By l.chong on December 10, 2012
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This is a cute little movie for kids. I got this for my nieces and nephews to entertain them while we cooked for Thanksgiving. It gave us two hours of peace and quiet. I cannot comment on the movie as I did not watch it but all the children were entertained enough to stay quiet for two hours. I have 7 nieces and nephews ranging from 2 to 10 years old.
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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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The movie Shorts is about young children and also adults. Many laughs abound around a city owned by a large tech company which goes the wrong way. Kat Dennings plays a part of a teen in High School which is a good part.
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Kind of a qwerky movie. but the juvenile humor entertains my twin grandsons. They really like the booger that turns into a monster. I was surprised by the number of stars involved in a movie I ad never heard of. It was entertaining enough for me to watch portions of it with my grandsons, but they have now wathced it six times.
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A purely delightful fantasy story for kids of all ages. How many times as a child did you wish you could have magic powers or a wand? Even teens wish for such things occasionally. In any case, it remains a silly and fun story.
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My 8-year-old and 9-year-old LOVE this movie. I can't count how many times they've watched it. All the gross kid stuff is extremely funny to them. Like many kids, they've experienced or witnessed bullying, and I think the lead character is easy for viewers to sympathize with. It's also nice how viewers get an idea of what causes the bullies to act as they do. Of course, kids love the idea of having "special powers" to get what they want, and I think it's helpful for them to see how having such powers can get out of hand. The messages in the movie are good points of discussion to have in the family. I also like that I don't have to mute out profanity, or explain more mature situations - I don't remember hearing/seeing them in this movie! That makes it truly a kids movie.

We got the Blu-ray that also came with a digital copy. So, we got two discs: one for the Blu-ray player, and one regular DVD that works in the portable DVD player. This made everyone VERY happy! We could take it in the car, but still have the really sharp Blu-ray version when we watched on the home system.

I recommend it for the kids' video library.
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A great family movie night. Some if the shorts are stronger than others, but we weren't looking for an Oscar Winner. Just a good family film that wouldn't bore the adults, would entertain the kids and not offend our sensibilities too much! Another Great, creative film by Robert Rodriguez .
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