SHORTS

Family Fun with a Magical Element

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Release Date: August 21, 2009

Starring: Jimmy Bennett, Jake Short, Kat
Dennings, Trevor Gagnon, Devon
Gearhart, Jolie Vanier, and
Rebel Rodriguez

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older children and adults

Rating: PG

Runtime: 89 minutes

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures/Time
Warner

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Executive Producer: Mohamed Khalaf, Ed Borgerding,
Stacy Cohen, Dan Lin, Hunt
Lowry, Asif Satchu, and Modi
Wiczyk

Producer: Elizabeth Avellan and Robert
Rodriguez

Writer: Robert Rodriguez

Address Comments To:

Jeffrey L. Bewkes, CEO, Time Warner
Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Alan Horn, President/COO
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (New Line Cinema)
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
Website: www.movies.warnerbros.com

Content:

(PaPa, EE, Ev, PCPC, B, L, V, M) Strong, slightly mixed pagan worldview saying “the power is in all of us,” with a strong environmentalist message (including two references to global warming), a strong magical occult element of granting wishes thorough a rock from “the end of the rainbow” that is ultimately rejected because the magic is too powerful and people abuse it, two references to evolution, and a strong politically correct message that recycling and being “green” is successful but also some solid moral elements of working together and valuing relationships more than success at work, as well as a rejection of magic; one light obscenity and some name calling; kids throw rocks and hit a boy, two boys hit heads on tree, boy repeatedly stuck headfirst into trash can, girl hits boy, boy and girl break arms from falling out of second story but all the violence is played in a light slapstick manner; no sexual content; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, some rude humor including a giant “booger monster” and greed rebuked.

Summary:

SHORTS is the story of what happens in a suburban community when a “wishing rock” appears and begins to be used by both the kids and adults. SHORTS is a exciting movie made for children, but has a slightly mixed pagan worldview with politically correct, environmentalist and moral content.

Review:

SHORTS is the story of what happens in a suburban community when a “wishing rock” appears and begins to be used by both the children and adults.

“Toe” is a young boy picked on by the Helvetica and her brother. The two bullies are the children of Mr. Black, the man who runs the gadget company for which all the families in town work.

The wishing rock is first discovered by Loogie, who with his brothers end up making a mess of their wishes, including conjuring upright walking crocodiles and huge cobras. The rock is passed to Toe, who uses the rock to get friends, but they turn out to be aliens who eventually leave him. The rock also ends up with Nose, a germ phobic boy whose wish makes his dad’s science experiments a success but that, in turn, creates a huge “booger monster.” The wishing rock ultimately gets into the hands of the Black family, who lead the whole town in a battle for the rock and the ability to have unlimited wishes.

SHORTS is a fun movie designed with children, especially boys, in mind. The story is fast paced with many special effects dinosaurs and comical monsters. The story, which is episodic in nature, is told as a series of short “chapters” (hence the title SHORTS), which are not told sequentially. This adds to the movie’s fun.

The story has one key problem and that is that the wishing rock is so powerful that the climax falls flat. The rock has been used to create a huge robot creature but instead of wishing for “reversal” or “put everything back to normal” as was done earlier, the boys keep wishing for bigger things to fight the monster. There’s no real reason to do that, except to create a stronger ending.

SHORTS has a good message, though certainly well traveled, of parents valuing relationships more than work. However, there is a strong humanist worldview as the characters say that the power is in yourself. SHORTS also contains strong politically correct content, including a strong environmentalist viewpoint with references to global warming.

There is, obviously, a strong magical element in the movie’s slightly mixed pagan worldview. The magic is ultimately rejected, however, because it’s too strong and people misuse it or goof it up. There’s also some “bathroom” humor, but it is mild in nature.

SHORTS is a fun movie, but caution and discernment is required for the worldview elements.

In Brief:

SHORTS is the story of what happens in a suburban community when people start using a magical “wishing rock.” Discovering the wishing rock first is Loogie. Loogie and his brothers make a mess of their wishes. The rock is passed to Toe, who uses the rock to get friends, but they turn out to be aliens who leave him. The rock also ends up with Nose, who creates a huge “booger monster.” The wishing rock ultimately gets into the hands of the villainous Black family, who battles to get the rock’s unlimited wishes.

SHORTS is a fun movie designed with kids in mind. The story is told as a series of short “chapters,” which are not told sequentially. SHORTS has a good message of parents valuing relationships more than work. However, there is a pagan worldview as the characters say that the power is in yourself. The wishing rock has a strong magical element, but the magic ultimately seems to be rejected. SHORTS also contains politically correct content, including environmentalism. There’s also some “bathroom” humor, but it is mild in nature. SHORTS is entertaining, but it requires caution and discernment.