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
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