Shorts – Movie Review
Eleven-year-old Toe Thompson is the designated punching bag for the bullies of the suburban community of Black Falls, where his and everyone else’s parents work for Black Box Industries, makers of the do-it-all gadget that’s sweeping the nation. A new animation film done by the always creative, Robert Rodriguez.
“Shorts” is the newest confection from Robert Rodriguez, who has written and directed some violent movies, “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels” is the most well known, but apparently once he had kids, he decided he wanted to do something for kids and the result was the incredibly successful and fun “Spy Kids” and this is number two. This is a story of an 11 year-old who is bullied by everybody and how he finds some magic rock and turns his life around. The point of the movie isn’t so much the story. I mean, we’ve heard all of this before, but the issue is the kids, who are adorable. He obviously has a way with directing kids, several of which are his. The supporting cast also looks like they’re having a ball, including, John Cryer, Williams H. Macy, Leslie Mann, and James Spader. It’s smart enough for adults, silly enough for kids, and fast enough for teen. Truly for the whole family. Four stars.