StevenF Review of Shorts

The Robert Rodriquez family film Shorts was released on August 21, 2009. When Toby Thompson (Jimmy Bennett) finds a rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes, all chaos breaks out in the company-run town of Black Falls. Jon Cryer and Leslie Mann play Toby’s parents who work for the company owned by Toby’s enemies Helvetia and Cole Black. James Spader plays Mr. Black and William H. Macy plays a germaphobic scientist.

This was meant to be a fun family film from the director of The Spy Kids franchise. The humor would definitely appeal to younger viewers. The CGI was probably the weakest part of this movie; it was too cartoon-like. The acting from the kids and adults alike was fine. The storyline works but I personally didn’t care for the jumping around of the scenes. It makes me think that either the writer or the director stitched a film together. Robert Rodriguez directed, produced, and wrote the movie along with his wife, and one of his sons (Rebel Rodriguez) was in the film.

Family movies such as this one really deserves two ratings: one from a kid’s point of view and one from the adult point of view. As a kid, I would probably give this 5 stars, but as an adult I would give it 3 stars. Overall, I give this 4 out of 5 stars. It has silly jokes that kids would enjoy and a moral about raising children that parents would understand.

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2 thoughts on “StevenF Review of Shorts

  1. Remmy Meggs

    I really liked this and for kids, the animated graphics are Ummm…. decent, but I think it would have been a better movie with better CGI, CGI that would work for adults and kids alike I rated this 4 out of 5 stars and would watch it again. Shorts are not what the kids are wearing. Shorts refers to vignettes of many different things in the movie, being put together in a logical order.

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