With all the projects that have been rumoured to be on Robert Rodriguez’s plate over the past couple of years (Sin City 2 and 3, Barbarella, Red Sonja, Nerverackers, The Jetsons), it’s kind of hilarious that the next thing we will get to see from Rodriguez on the big screen is actually one of his patented on-the-cheap family films. I’m sure it’s not exactly what most people would like to see from him right now, but there are certainly much worse things out there. I did like the first Spy Kids movie quite a bit (I haven’t seen the others in their entirety), and Shorts looks like it could be fun too.
With a cast that includes Kat Dennings, Leslie Mann, James Spader and William H. Macy, the movie is about an 11-year-old kid named Toe Thompson who gets hit in the head with a rainbow-coloured rock. He soon realizes that the rock can grant his every wish, which immediately starts causing havoc in town. Unfortunately for him, the grown-ups also want to get their hands on the rock, which could lead to even more disastrous consequences. Like most of Rodriguez’s kiddie flicks, the CG effects look pretty low budg, but overall the movie seems colourful and energetic. What do you think, is this something you’d actually see? Shorts hits theatres on August 7th.