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The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005)

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

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Robert Rodriguez
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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Smaller heroes. Just as super. See more »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Aventuras de Sharkboy e Lavagirl See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,582,088, 12 June 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$39,177,684

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$71,992,655
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Taylor Lautner's martial arts skills helped him to obtain the role of Sharkboy. "When I auditioned for the film, Robert Rodriguez, the director, didn't know that I had my martial arts background, and while we there in Austin, TX he saw a DVD of me and asked me to choreograph my own fight scenes", said Lautner. See more »

Goofs

In the classroom scene just before Sharkboy and Lavagirl appear, Max throws his dream journal at Linus. In the next shot the dream journal is back on Max's desk. See more »

Quotes

Max: He ruined my Dream Journal!
Linus: I did not! Mr. Electric, send him to the principal's office and HAVE HIM EXPELLED!
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Soundtracks

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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Most perplexing viewing experience of my life.
18 April 2006 | by gilbert_gumphreySee all my reviews

I can't remember the last time a movie confused and tormented my filmgoing soul as much as this movie did. Everything inside of me, everything in me that loves Shawshank Redemption and Vertigo and Raging Bull and all these great great great classic movies tells me that Sharkboy and Lavagirl was awful. And it was. Drastically awful. And I enjoyed almost every minute of it. Let me try and explain it this way - I have written ongoing lists of the greatest films ever made, and the worst films ever made, and Sharkboy and Lavagirl is the only movie I've ever seen that has gotten a placement in both lists for me.

Sharkboy is about a young child named Max who dreams up wonderful fantasies and adolescent superhero type adventures. Eventually he travels into this dream world aided by the aforementioned Sharkboy and Lavagirl as they fight to keep the dream world a happy go lucky place from the evil Mr. Electric. So there's the story. Simple, childish, and a bit reminiscent of Neverending Story. I knew this plot before my 6 year old cousin made me watch the film and I sighed. What a waste of two hours this would be. Then something strange happened. I got a chill. Then Lavagirl and Sharkboy appeared and took Max into their spaceship, and I got more chills. Throughout the course of the movie, especially in the end, I was enthralled and received more goosebumps than when I watched Braveheart, much to the embarrassment of my dumbfounded girlfriend.

I have no idea how to explain my reaction to the film. I was pleasantly surprised, obviously, and I had a lot of fun watching the movie (I'm excluding the terrible 3-D version of the film, which is a pointless distract-or and takes away a lot of the magic). Then why am I only giving this movie 5 stars out of 10 (a middling mark to avoid giving it a 10 or a 1)? For the same reason why the movie is both on my list of most hated and most loved - it's a bad movie. To say it's a guilty pleasure to me would be underestimating guilt and pleasure. The script is silly, the special effects are slapdash, the editing is at times incoherent, the acting is atrocious, and there are moments where even my 6 year old cousin grimaced at the lame dialogue. But damned if this movie isn't a lot of fun.

So I can't really recommend the movie to anyone over the age of 10. I still can't believe that I, a 17 year old classic film lover, enjoyed this movie as much as I did. But I can definitely tell that it's a movie younger kids, especially boys (for I'm pretty sure every boy this age has dreams and fantasies just like the ones in the film) will love. I harkin this bizarre feeling I have for Sharkboy to when you find an old cartoon you used to love as a young child and watch it again. Even though you're reciting the lines and the songs like you did when you were young, you know deep down that if it wasn't a childhood favourite and gave you so much nostalgia, you'd hate it just as much as everyone else. This is what this movie was like for me. It was the childhood flick I never got to see. Maybe that warrants a recommendation. Maybe still not. I really don't know - you'll have to see it for yourself and find out.

Or maybe not.


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