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At Theaters: 8/21/2009 On Video: 11/24/2009
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 29 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 539902
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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In a town were all the houses look the same and everyone works for BLACK BOX, a young boy just wants to make friends. Things change for him when he is hit on the head by a mysterious rainbow-colored rock that falls from the sky.
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Action Adventure Comedy - This is a kid-centered, effects-heavy comedy/adventure in the vein of Spy Kids, told in a series of short chapters. The more known adult stars are all supporting players here to the kid cast.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jon Cryer TV's - TWO AND A HALF MEN
William H. Macy THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, WILD HOGS
Leslie Mann FUNNY PEOPLE, 17 AGAIN, DRILLBIT TAYLOR
James Spader THE WATCHER, SUPERNOVA
Jimmy Bennett EVAN ALMIGHTY
Kat Dennings NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST
Director: Robert Rodriguez GRINDHOUSE, ADVENTURES OF SHARK BOY & LAVA GIRL
Producer: Elizabeth Avelian SPY KIDS, THE FACULTY
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Two miscellaneous profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Fights and hits.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: Chases, fights.
COMEDY: Silly wisecracks, banter, physical gags, kid humor.
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USA Today Full Review
Above Average Fast-paced, imaginative and often cute, Shorts is slight but enjoyable family fare.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 48 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
25
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
2
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
1
Fairly Low
100%
30+Adults (M)
7
About 50/50
71%
30+Adults (F)
13
About 50/50
92%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 48 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:FANTASTIC reviews from the kids! Nearly all of them LOVED "SHORTS."
TEENS:The two females rated it average to above average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The one females rated it "Good/Average," which is OK for a kids movie.
ADULTS:Close to half of the males thought it was a very good movie. Half of the rest rated it "Good/Average," which isn't too shabby for a kids movie. The remaining quarter rated it "Fair," which equals below average. The female reviews are better than the male reviews, but not by much. For a kids movie these are decent reviews but it's obvious this kids movie doesn't have a lot of content for adults.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Set in the suburb of Black Falls, where all the houses look the same and everyone works for BLACK BOX Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated, whose Mr. Black's BLACK BOX is the ultimate communication and do-it-all gadget that's sweeping the nation. Other than keeping his parents employed, however, Mr. Black's BLACK BOX has done nothing for 11-year-old Toe Thompson, who just wants to make a few friends...until a mysterious rainbow-colored rock falls from the sky, hits him in the head and changes everything. The Rainbow Rock does Mr. Black's BLACK BOX one better: it grants wishes to anyone who holds it. Before long, wishes-gone-wrong have left the neighborhood swarming with tiny spaceships, crocodile armies, giant boogers...and outrageous magical mayhem around every corner. But it's not until the grown-ups get their hands on the Rock that the trouble really starts. Now Toe and his newfound friends must join forces to save their town from itself, discovering along the way that what you wish for is not always what you want.
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