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'Shorts:' The long and short

Kids find boogers and farts irresistible.

Shorts doesn’t have farts, but it does have a booger monster from one flicked into a germ generating machine by Nose Noseworthy.

Combine that with villainous Mr. Black whose do everything techno gadgets that are combination phone, iPod, can opener, etc. looks like Legos and a wishing rock that turns crocodiles into walking monsters and — but I get ahead of myself.

-- Times, trailer, theaters.

So does Shorts. It bounces all over the place outlining the outlandish adventures of Toe Thompson and buddies Loogie, Laser and Nose and their nemeses Helvitica and Cole Black. Poking fun of adults, Shorts takes shots at how kids view the world.

The playground pecking order of life at school, best buddies, Mom and Dad (Jon Cryer and Leslie Mann), clueless and glued to careers and cell phones, their awful boss done with silken slime by James Spader, obnoxious older sisters and adventures that only kids can have.

Kid movies usually take one of two paths. They’re simple and aimed at the lowest denominator kid or they’re made for adults, claim they’re for kids and bore children to death. Shorts is a kids movie for kids. Completely. Adults are welcome to come along for the ride.

Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars

Rated PG for some mature themes. It opens Friday, Aug. 21 at Regal’s Columbia Mall 8 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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