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Robert Rodriguez channels his inner 11-year-old with “Shorts,” a childish but fun wish fulfillment-fantasy for kids that’s equal parts boogers, big messages and product placement. In Black Falls, everybody works on the Black Box, an all-in-one phone gadget. Mrs. (Leslie Mann) and Mr. (Jon Cryer) Thompson are constantly on their Black Boxes, miscommunicating. They barely notice that son Toby “Toe” Thompson (Jimmy Bennett) is friendless, the object of bullying.

That changes when the little rainbow rock falls into his life. As Toe and other kids cope with having their wishes come true (and blunder with every wish), telephones pop out of their heads, pterodactyls pluck them from one danger and into another, braces pop off teeth but arms are broken. Along the way, parents learn to be a team, a megalomaniac learns that ruling the world isn’t a worthy goal and kids learn to only wish for the important things in life — world peace, an end to global warming and “a limitless supply of candy bars.”

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