An 11-year-old boy and his friends must save the day when townspeople get their hands on a rainbow-colored rock that grants the wishes of all who hold it.
" Be careful what you wish for, Shorts reminds us; you just might get it. Especially if that wishing was along the lines of a smart and funny kids' flick. "
" Fast-paced, imaginative and often cute, Shorts is slight but enjoyable family fare. "
" If parents feel like they've seen much of Shorts before, its celebration of mayhem and restless, thrill-seeking vibe will absorb young viewers, especially as the boredom of late summer begins to set in. "
" Magic vies with technology in this exuberant adventure comedy, which unfolds achronologically in a series of zany, effects-laden vignettes. "
" My fourth-grader giggled maniacally. The 9-year-old in me did, too. "
" 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. "
" Shorts is this summer's hip family flick. "
" Shorts may not be destined for long-term greatness -- it feels cheerfully disposable in every way -- but the film is also fast and funny, and grown-ups will not suffer sitting through it. "
" Slipped into Robert Rodriguez's smart, funny, fast-as-lightning kids' movie, Shorts, are several sly comments on American culture and the tyranny of technology. "
" The latest child's-eye adventure from Robert Rodriguez, Shorts doesn't hit the heights of his Spy Kids series. But it provides just enough smart, silly fun for families desperately seeking an easy escape from hazy August humidity. "
" Can we wish for a fresher subplot than that of pleasure-deadened grown-ups who live their lives in a stupor of consumerism? "
" Feels underwritten and overdressed. "
" It's like Shorts raided the concession stand and then has to sit slumped in its seat long after the sugar buzz wears off. "
" Shorts channels the same gross-out overkill as the Captain Underpants books that parents endure and pre-teen boys so dearly love. The difference is that those books have an editor (and they're funnier). "
" Somewhere around the time a giant booger runs riot through the town, one wishes for a bit more adult supervision. "
" The movie is as lumpy and misshapen as a giant booger. "
" Yes, I realize this is a kids' movie, but that's no excuse for short-circuiting creativity. "
" You can't fault the film's exuberance, but it's draggy in spots, with the grown-up cast outshone by Jolie Vanier's little terror - nattily monikered Helvetica Black. "
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