• PG
  • 1h 29m
  • 2009
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Eleven-year-old Toe Thompson already thinks his neighborhood is weird ... but it's about to get a whole lot weirder! Toe (Jimmy Bennett) serves as the designated punching bag for the bullies of the suburban community of Black Falls, where, during a freak storm, a mysterious Rainbow Rock falls from the sky and grants wishes to anyone who finds it. As the Rock ricochets around the town--from kid to kid and parent to parent--wishes gone wrong quickly turn the neighborhood upside down in a wild rampage of everything from tiny aliens to giant boogers. A multi-generational ensemble cast including Emmy nominee Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men"), Oscar nominee William H. Macy (Fargo), Leslie Mann (Knocked Up) and three-time Emmy winner James Spader headlines this comedy adventure for all ages from Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids).

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Shorts has imagination and energy, but most viewers beyond elementary school will likely tire of the kiddie humor and sensory overload.
Time Out
Keith Uhlich

June 22, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
Sandra Hall

All of these adventures call on Rodriguez's fascination with visual effects, which could be tough...

June 21, 2017
Peter Bradshaw

In the Disneyfied dumbed-down marketplace for kids' films, there's something daring and even refre...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Funny, imaginative fantasy from Spy Kids director.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this fantasy adventure from Spy Kids director Robert Rodriguez is sure to appeal to kids and tweens. Expect some mild insults -- like "lunkhead" and "this sucks" -- and potty humor, mostly regarding a booger (one entire vignette is devoted to the topic). The violence is generally humorous and fantasy based; most is directly related to characters' wishes (people transforming into animals, the above-mentioned booger becoming a giant menace, etc.). On a more serious note, the movie has several thought-provoking messages about bullying, family relationships, and technology.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Fantasy, Comedy, Shorts
  • Release Date:August 21, 2009
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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