Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 21, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Shorts

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
89 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/21/09
performer
Kat Dennings, Trevor Gagnon, Leo Howard, William H. Macy, Rebel Rodriguez, Jimmy Bennett, Leslie Mann
director
Robert Rodriguez
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Robert Rodriguez
genre
Kids and Family

We gave it a C+

More like a summer-camp theater project than a studio movie, Shorts‘ noodly, kid-oriented action-adventure story follows a magic, wish-granting rock as it falls into various pint-size hands in one all-American suburb. Kid-at-heart filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, whose playtime Spy Kids trilogy gets a gold star, looks like he’s having great fun, but what about the rest of us? Can we wish for a fresher subplot than that of pleasure-deadened grown-ups who live their lives in a stupor of consumerism? C+

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