“Shorts” is set in the suburb of Black Falls, where all the houses look the same and everyone works for BLACK BOX Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated, whose Mr. Black’s BLACK BOX is the ultimate communication and do-it-all gadget that’s sweeping the nation. Other than keeping his parents employed, however, Mr. Black’s BLACK BOX has done nothing for 11-year-old Toe Thompson, who just wants to make a few friends…until a mysterious rainbow-colored rock falls from the sky, hits him in the head and changes everything. The Rainbow Rock does Mr. Black’s BLACK BOX one better: it grants wishes to anyone who holds it. Before long, wishes-gone-wrong have left the neighborhood swarming with tiny spaceships, crocodile armies, giant boogers…and outrageous magical mayhem around every corner. But it’s not until the grown-ups get their hands on the Rock that the trouble really starts. Now Toe and his newfound friends must join forces to save their town from itself, discovering along the way that what you wish for is not always what you want.
There were a few chuckles from the kids during the screening I attended of this movie. One girl laughed at the crocodiles chasing the kids on two legs so she definitely didn’t appear scared. There are some “cute” moments in the movie, such as one kid asking another what he thought would be found at the end of the rainbow. “Skittles” he replies.
On the other hand, one kid known as “Nose” picks his nose and leaves a booger in his Dad’s science lab. It grows and aggressively seeks to attack the kids. So gross humor is an element used in the film on a few occasions. As Nose observes, “My dad told me never to eat one of my boogers and now it is trying to eat me.” Shakespeare it isn’t. Then again, the movie is pretty much about kids really acting like kids and bullying each other and picking on each other and yet trying to defeat some aliens. Everyone wants the “wishing rock” which, naturally, grants wishes but the kids learn that getting what you want is not necessarily a good thing. Due to some of the physical moments of kids punching and striking each other, and the gross humor, we are awarding our Dove Seal to this movie for ages twelve plus. Parents will want to consult the content chart below.