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Genre: Animated fantasy
Photography: Color
Release Date: August 15, 2009
Runtime: 89 minutes
Country: United States
United Arab Emirates

Shorts (also known as Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock and released internationally as The Wishing Rock) is a 2009 Emirati-American comic fantasy family film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez.

Why It Sucks

  1. The entire premise is bland and uninteresting. Literally it's just about a wishing rock that's gone wrong, and that's it, literally nothing new to it.
  2. The reason why it's called "Shorts" is because it's all told in short segments, but yet plays the same story. However, they're all told out of order, something that is a huge "no-no" in films.
  3. Once again, every young actor acts oddball and strange in this film, which is a common problem with every young actor film.
  4. The booger monster is highly disgusting, and could possibly weaken your stomach. The transformation it has is probably the most nauseating scene in the film.
  5. There is a song that's all about Toby's enemy, Helvetica, only except the song just continuously repeats "Helvetica, Helvetica, Helvetica" over and over again, which is extremely annoying and lazy at best.
  6. At one point, Loogie's brothers are seen playing Fable 2 (an Xbox 360 game) with PlayStation 3 controllers, which makes no sense, not unless, of course, they're using an emulator.
  7. Loads of nasty gross-out humor, such as Loogie getting pooped on by a dinosaur, as well as sending himself inside the alligator (yes, he jumped inside the alligator just to get the rock) and came out with alligator spit all over him.
  8. At one point, Helvetica almost eats a fish alive, which can almost get you sick.
  9. Overuse of cartoon sound effects in a live-action film.
  10. The Block Box isn't even interesting at all. It's just one of the cliched objects that "can do everything."
  11. If anything, if any one of the characters wishes for everything to go back to normal and that the rock would disappear, none of this movie would even happen.
  12. The beginning literally spoils the fact that Carbon Black is the villain of the film.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Good CGI, although it's poorly executed with the booger monster.
  2. The whole staring contest joke between the Blinker kids is actually really funny.



7 months ago
Score 0
Maybe if it were a TV show, then the short segments probably would've worked.


4 months ago
Score 0
i liked this movie

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