Film: Shorts

A 2009 film by Robert Rodriguez. The film follows the adventures of a group of children living in the neighborhood of Black Falls and a rainbow colored rock that grants any wish. The movie is comprised of a series of shorts told in non-sequential order by the narrator and protagonist, Toby "Toe" Thompson. There are 5 "episodes", not including Episode 0, played just before the film begins, with each episode focusing on a different set of characters and their experience with the wishing rock.


This movie provides examples of the following:

  • Anachronic Order: The structure of this film is told in this way, jumping back and forth through time since the narrator can't "remember the order of events".
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Stacey's boyfriend.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Many of the wishes granted don't turn out as well as the wisher hoped, with results ranging from inconvenient to disastrous.
  • Better as Friends: Less than that. Helvetica and Toby end up only being "not enemies".
  • Bragging Theme Tune: Helvetica gets a theme tune (Aptly called Helvetica Rocks) when she gains control of the rock. Notable more since she is the only character who gets her own song.
  • Brainy Baby: Loogie accidentally wished his baby sister to become one of these. She was so smart, she could speak telepathically, and even displays an ability to use Telekinesis on objects to stop them in midair.
  • Body Horror: Mr and Mrs Thompson after Mrs Thompson wishes that they could be closer together while holding the wishing rock.
    • Stacey's boyfriend
  • Bubble Boy: Nose and his father live in a completely sterile house, afraid to travel outside without full body suits.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mr. Black.
  • Handy Feet: Helvetica is very talented with her feet.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Nose Noseworthy is Fletcher Quimby.
  • Kids Are Cruel: The group of kids that bully Toby.
  • Lilliputians: The aliens Toby wishes for.
  • Literal Genie: The wishing stone. It doesn't help that one of them, despite falling victim to this multiple times, continues to make extremely vague wishes.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Toby.
  • Loving Bully: Helvetica towards Toby.
  • Mad Scientist: Mr. Noseworthy.
  • Pac Man Fever: Various characters are often shown playing Spore. Normally this wouldn't be all that bad, but the characters are shown playing it multiplayer (Spore is a single player game), on a PS3 (Spore is PC exclusive) and while randomly mashing buttons all while showing the Creature Creator on screen. To top it all off, nothing was even happening on the screen while sad button mashing was happening, the creature clearly in it's idle animation.
    • Another instance was when they were shown playing Fable II, it looks like they were playing the game, but then it shifts to a different scene much like a trailer to a game.
  • Product Placement: Loogie's endless supply of chocolate bars consists entirely of Reese's Nutrageous. Also, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are referenced once.
  • Punny Name: Both of the Black children. Cole (Coal) Black, and Helvetica Black, an allusion to the font.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Lampshaded. When Loogie holds the wishing stone, one of his brother suggests feeding the hungry, curing cancer, or creating world peace. Instead, Loogie wishes for a fort, a moat, man eating crocodiles and venomous snakes, unlimited supply of candy, telephonisis, and telekinesis. In the end, they decide to get rid of the rock by placing it on a catapult. Just before they launch it, Loogie suggests to take care of the world peace problem before they get rid of it, but it is accidentally launched before they get the chance.
  • Stuffed into a Trashcan: A common fate for Toby who is constantly bullied by Helvetica. He eventually gets his revenge when Helvetica ends up upside down in a trashcan after crashing her motorcycle.
  • Swallowed Whole: Loogie by a giant crocodile. He is spewed out once he gets the stone from inside.
  • Telekinesis: Loogie wishes for this in order to get away from the mutant man eating crocodile army.
  • Tsundere: Helvetica is type A towards Toby.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: In the end, one of the kid says that he wishes they were in a Hollywood movie. The other kids tell him how stupid the idea is.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The baby suggests that the rock is getting tired by everyone using it, as evidenced by its wishes gradually wearing off...
  • But, if said object is an inanimate rock, how can it get tired? Surely the wishes wearing off are a condition of the rock's use itself?
  • X Meets Y: Crank meets Pulp Fiction...for kids!