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A young boy's discovery of a colorful, wish-granting rock causes chaos in the suburban town of Black Falls when jealous kids and scheming adults alike set out to get their hands on it.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 4.9/10 (3,015 voted)

Critic's Score: 53/100

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Stars: Jimmy Bennett, James Spader, Kat Dennings

A young boy's discovery of a colorful, wish-granting rock causes chaos in the suburban town of Black Falls when jealous kids and scheming adults alike set out to get their hands on it.

Writers: Robert Rodriguez, Álvaro Rodríguez

Jimmy Bennett - Toby 'Toe' Thompson
Jake Short - Nose Noseworthy
Kat Dennings - Stacey Thompson
Trevor Gagnon - Loogie
Devon Gearhart - Cole Black
Jolie Vanier - Helvetica Black
Rebel Rodriguez - Lug
Leo Howard - Laser
Leslie Mann - Mom Thompson
Jon Cryer - Dad Thompson
William H. Macy - Dr. Noseworthy
James Spader - Mr. Black
Angela Lanza - Teacher
Alejandro Rose-Garcia - John / Boyfriend
Cambell Westmoreland - Blinker #1

Taglines: Not So TALL Tales From The Director Of 'Spy Kids'


Official Website: Warner Bros. | Warner Bros. [Germany] |

Release Date: 21 August 2009

Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,410,339 (USA) (23 August 2009) (3 Screens)

Gross: $20,916,309 (USA) (13 December 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Black Falls Community is in the shape of the wishing rock.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Blinker #1 blinks (At 01:31) while opening a cellophane bag over his cereal bowl. Blinker #2 blinks (At 26:22) in the background during the classroom scene where the aliens are circling the bottoms of the students' desks while the teacher is conducting an experiment with catalysts.

Loogie: I'm tired of video games and i'm bored with TV. Let's do something.
Laser: We been through this before. There's nothing else to do. Come play video games with us we need a third person.
Loogie: [Loogie starting to smile] Let's go an outdoor adventure.
Lug: [getting the remote] There's a huge thunderstorm. Look.

User Review

An excellent family film

Rating: 9/10

After the atrocious family films Spy Kids 3D : Game Over and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, I was not interested in watching Shorts, another independent family film directed by Robert Rodriguez.However, a look at the cast revealed the presence of some competent actors (James Spader, William H. Macy, Leslie Mann and Kat Dennings), so I decided to risk myself and watch this movie.To my huge surprise, Shorts resulted to be an excellent family film which is likable and hugely entertaining, thanks to the skillful performances from the young cast and Rodriguez's irreverent screenplay.

At setting the movie on a real environment (instead of the artificial digital universe), Rodriguez did not require of big excesses for telling the story.The special effects look realistic, but they do not loose Rodriguez's characteristic surrealism on them.Shorts may not be his best family movie (I liked the original Spy Kids a bit more), but it is the one which mostly represents the naughty childish imagination, which is funny and innocent but not lacking of some subversion.

All the performances from this movie show a lot of energy and enthusiasm, but the movie rests on the shoulders of the childish cast with excellent results.The phenomenal discovery of Jolie Vanier is particularly remarkable.She reminded me thanks to her histrionic force and great presence of Christina Ricci on her juvenile roles.

With the exception of Up, Shorts is the best family film I have seen this year.I ended up taking a great surprise with this great family movie, and I recommend it as an excellent option for the whole family.


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