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
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 »
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.
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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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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