Robert Rodriguez channels his inner 11-year-old with âShorts,â a childish but fun wish fulfillment-fantasy for kids thatâs 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 âToeâ 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 isnât a worthy goal and kids learn to only wish for the important things in life â world peace, an end to global warming and âa limitless supply of candy bars.â
Itâs cute, and it skews young enough that you wonât have to worry about the plugs for this car or that video game company. Thankfully, kids arenât on the market for anything at IKEA.
â Roger Moore, The Orlando Sentinel