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Rated PG · 89 minutes · 2009
Writer-director Robert Rodriguez takes another stab at a kids’ movie, and the result falls somewhere in between his enjoyable Spy Kids and the intolerable The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. A “wishing rock” is discovered by some kids, and they start wishing away, with the rewards and consequences of their wishes depicted in a series of shorts. Some, including a funny bit involving a staring contest and a rather disgusting incident involving a booger, are quite entertaining. Others … not so much. William H. Macy, Leslie Mann and John Cryer are in fine form, but James Spader makes an unimpressive villain. Rodriguez means well in his attempts to create kid cinema, but he should stick to zombie and graphic-novel movies.
Official Site: shortsmovie.warnerbros.com
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Producer: Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellan, Dan Lin, Hunt Lowry, Mohammed Khalaf and Edward Borgerding
Cast: Jon Cryer, William Macy, Leslie Mann, James Spader, Jimmy Bennett, Kat Dennings, Jake Short, Devon Gearhart, Leo Howard, Trevor Gagnon, Rebel Rodriguez and Jolie Vanier

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Colorado Springs Independent Short and sweet Shorts is a zippy, slapsticky romp about a suburban town of technology-dependent dullards going bonkers when a wish-granting, rainbow-colored rock falls out of the sky. by Jonathan Kiefer 08/20/2009
The Coast Halifax Shorts puts trust in kids Kudos to Director Robert Rodriguez for making a non-linear film for the kids by Hillary Titley 08/27/2009
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Inglourious Basterds, Post Grad, Shorts, Tony Dungy's Red Zone '09 and more. 08/20/2009
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Portland Mercury Sugar Rush Shorts: In which Robert Rodriguez proves that Ritalin is for losers. by Erik Henriksen 08/20/2009

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