An Evil Steve Jobs Lords Over Robert Rodriguez's "Shorts"

In seven new clips from Robert Rodriguez's family comedy Shorts, we see the chaos a wish-granting rock can bring: booger monsters, cognitively ascended infants, and super-strong miniature aliens. But they're no match for James Spader as an evil Steve Jobs.

In the first clip, we see Spader as Mr. Black motivating (and periodically firing) the employees of Black Box, the ominously ill-lit Apple send-up that employs the entire town:

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Here, our hero Tobin "Toe" Thompson (whose parents are the ill-fated team leaders in the clip above), stands up to school bully (and daughter of Mr. Black) Helvetica by insisting she's in love with him:


Toe's bully-confronting strategy gets a little help from the wishing rock he finds, which enables him to conjure up a crew of aliens who prove as strong as they are tiny:

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But naturally the wishes don't always go as planned, as when Toe's friend Loogie wishes for one of their crew to become super smart:

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Or when "Nose" Noseworthy summons forth a sentient monster made from his own boogers:

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We also get two clips from the Black Box employee party. First, Jon Cryer and Leslie Mann get too close for comfort:

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Then Toe has another violent encounter with Helvetica:


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