A young boy is recruited by his imaginary friends Sharkboy and Lavagirl to help save their planet.


Robert Rodriguez
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Taylor Lautner ... Sharkboy
Taylor Dooley ... Lavagirl
Cayden Boyd ... Max
George Lopez ... Mr. Electric / Tobor / Ice Guardian / Mr. Electricidad
David Arquette ... Max's Dad
Kristin Davis ... Max's Mom
Jacob Davich ... Linus / Minus
Sasha Pieterse ... Marissa / Ice Princess
Rico Torres ... Sharkboy's Dad
Marc Musso ... Classroom Kid #1
Shane Graham ... Classroom Kid #2
Tiger Darrow ... Classroom Kid #3
Rocket Rodriguez Rocket Rodriguez ... Lug
Racer Rodriguez Racer Rodriguez ... Sharkboy, Age 7
Rebel Rodriguez ... Sharkboy, Age 5


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Everything that is... or was... began as a dream. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild action and some rude humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Was Robert Rodriguez' most expensive film at a budget of $50 million until it was dethroned by Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), which cost $65 million. See more »


When Linus captures the three heroes, Max asks "How did you get so powerful?" Linus shows that he has his dream book, which he shows upside-down. In the next shot it is still held at arm's length, but right-side-up. See more »


[first lines]
Sharkboy: [narrating] Sharkboy was not always half shark, half boy. He was a marine biologist, or at least in training. His father studied great white sharks and called his son "Sharkboy", because of how much he loved to care for the sharks. He made them sushi and had given them all names: Goodmilk, Peggy, Eggbat... and Crackett.
Sharkboy: But one day an incredible, mysterious storm appeared. It swept away the entire laboratory. Thanks to their life rafts, Sharkboy and his father survived. But they ...
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Crazy Credits

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Sharkboy & Lavagirl
Music Written by Robert Rodriguez
Lyrics Written by Robert Rodriguez
Performed by The Lavagirls
Vocals by Ariel Abshire
Produced by Robert Rodriguez and Carl Thiel
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Postmodern Masterpiece
10 October 2011 | by PoprocksAndCokeSee all my reviews

The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl

This film is absolutely not for children. But is a postmodern masterpiece. It is a surrealistic nightmare on par with Eraserhead, as a young boy uses dreams to escape from the ennui of average suburban life. The purposely amateurish CGI work is an obvious satire of the blatant overuse of computer generated imagery in modern films. Additionally, the 3D work is a subtle undermining of the corporate film industry's reliance on this gimmicky technique. It is a psychedelic and stylistic tour de force, by far Rodriguez's best film. The script is a powerful exercise in stream-of-consciousness writing. You must see this film, but put the kids to bed first!


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Release Date:

10 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA


Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,500,000, 12 June 2005

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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