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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 after she wishes he would grow up.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Easily the main theme of this movie. Many of the wishes granted don't turn out as well as the wisher hoped, with results ranging from inconvenient to disastrous.
  • 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, after she tells him that she wishes he would just grow up.
  • Bubble Boy: Nose and his father live in a completely sterile house, afraid to travel outside without full body suits.
  • Chekhov's Armory: Nearly all the wishes or themes in the previous shorts show up in the final segment, including Cole turning into a giant beetle (on purpose), Toby's alien friends attacking en masse, and the germs Dr. Noseworthy was experimenting with.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mr. Black. (Though he's not actually corrupt in the "breaking the law" sense, just extremely ruthless and power-hungry.)
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Toby doesn't like it when Helvetica calls him "Toe". Naturally he's delighted, and she mortified, when her father calls her "Hel" in front of him.
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  • Handy Feet: Helvetica is very talented with her feet.
  • 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.
  • Magic Pants: Stacey's boyfriend, John, is magically induced to grow out of his room but none of the clothes he's wearing.
  • Mind over Matter: Loogie wishes for telekinesis in order to get away from the mutant man eating crocodile army.
  • One-Eyed Shot: Closeup of Stacy's eye while she's going through the decontaminator in the Noseworthy home.
  • 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. And their father's name is Carbon Black.
  • 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 rocket bicycle.
  • Swallowed Whole: Loogie by a giant crocodile. He is spewed out once he gets the stone from inside.
  • 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.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Subverted. Toby suggests to Helvetica that she's only bullying him because she has a crush on him and is antagonizing him in order to hide these feelings. While he gets his ass handed to him after doing this, his prediction ends up coming true as it's shown Helvetica indeed has feelings for him by the end of the movie.

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