Set in an era where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young William Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.
Max is a normal guy with a dreaming habit-making him a target for bullies. One day, he accidentally summons imaginary characters in his mind named sharkboy and lavagirl. They are his heroes who will defend him at all costs, but when they arrive for real, something unexpected happens, the 2 heroes need max to save their world from a dire threat
Parts of the film were shot on location in Texas, where Max resides and goes to school in the film. Much of the film was shot in a studio against green screen. Most of the ships, landscapes and other effects including some creatures and characters, were accomplished digitally. See more »
Prior to getting caught by his parents in the kitchen, Max picks up a cookie bitten by Sharkboy with the bite perfectly straight. After getting caught, Max shows his parents the same cookie with the bite in a circular shape. See more »
OK, kids, who's next? Remember, there are no dumb ideas.
Maybe we can freeze his circuits!
That's the dumbest idea I've ever heard. We're in the middle of Texas in August!
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Other than those logos and the movie's title, there are no opening credits. See more »
I was dragged into this film by someone who wanted to see it mainly for the 3-D effects. Admittedly, I was interested myself to see the 3-D effects and there was a part of me that hoped it would turn out to be a decent family film even though the trailers certainly made it look terrible...
...and it was terrible.
I can't stand it when I hear the phrase 'but it's a movie about the imagination! Kids will love it!'
Shush your face.
I don't know about you, but even as a kid I would have realized this was a purely stupid movie. There are plenty of imaginative family movies that have been made but this one is completely stupid stupid stupid! The acting is really bad, especially by the annoying whiny lead. Never before can I remember a lead in a kids film that was so unlikeable.
The story could have been alright had it been executed the right way.
The 3-D is neat for awhile and all, but there aren't that many great effects really.
You'd think a director like Rodriguez could make a family film that isn't afraid of being a little less cheesy and perhaps a bit daring... something a bit emotional perhaps even. Wolfgang Peterson and Tim Burton certainly aren't afraid.
I mean, seriously, Spielberg can make Schindler's List and E.T. Can't Rodriguez do Sin City and a family film worth watching as well?
Not that Rodriguez is as great a director as Spielberg.
Blah. Just blah.
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