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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.
Action Adventure Comedy - This is a kid-centered, effects-heavy comedy/adventure in the vein
Spy Kids, told in a series of short chapters. The more known
adult stars are all supporting players here to the kid cast.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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.