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The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl

Taylor Dooley, Taylor Lautner, Crayden Boyd, George Lopez,
Jacob Davich, David Arquette and Kristin Davis.

Rated: PG
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: June 10, 2005 Released by: Miramax

Director Robert Rodriguez claims the script for The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl was developed in the mind of his seven year old son Racer Max. As the script flows it is clear it is not from the imagination of a seven year old, it's a concept of what an adult thinks a kid would conceive. In reality kids have a greater range of ideas than this limited story.

To add to the experience Rodriguez filmed in 3D which allows the audience to see items from the film moving out into the auditorium, but he uses the simple process with a red and a green lens not the Polaroid glasses that were used in the beautifully made 3D Polar Express where it gave us the feeling of having snow falling and trains driving at us. That leaves the script and the filming process below expectations.

Max (Cayden Boyd) dreams up Lavagirl and Sharkboy in a world, Planet Drool, where his teacher (George Lopez) is a tyrannical Mr. Electric who is an alarm clock that carries out silly plots which must be foiled.

Shark Boy was raised by sharks and has fins, Lava Girl has hot-pink hair and shoots flames from her hands, but not much else.

Rodriguez has wonderful skill, but kids deserve better than this work which will not even impress the kids it's peged for.

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The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl C         B-   C+

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