The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl

Robert Rodriguez (2005)

U Certificate


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With strong echoes of his own SPYkids 3-D: Game Over, this family adventure from director Robert Rodriguez is all about the power of dreams, specifically those of a meek, bullied boy named Max (Cayden Boyd). Facing school feuds and bickering parents, Max retreats into his imagination only to discover that the superheroes of his fantasies (the Sharkboy and Lavagirl of the title) have become real and need his help when their planet is threatened. "Virtual" is the keyword here, as most of the film takes place in a CGI world of Max's imaginings, with rivers of milk, giant cookies and an actual brainstorm. The moral is a decent if well-worn one, and the movie certainly has upbeat energy. But, for some, this will be a headache-inducing ride, with gaudy, brash art direction and broad, uneven performances. The very young may enjoy seeing objects zoom toward them at top speed, but adults should probably avoid donning those red and green glasses.


A boy with an overactive imagination is bullied at school - until his amazing superhero creations come to life and ask the youngster to help them save their planet from destruction. Fantasy adventure, directed by Robert Rodriguez, starring Taylor Lautner, Taylor Dooley, Cayden Boyd and George Lopez.

Cast & Crew

Sharkboy Taylor Lautner
Lavagirl Taylor Dooley
Max Cayden Boyd
Mr Electric / Tobor / Ice Guardian / Mr Electricidad George Lopez
Max's dad David Arquette
Max's mom Kristin Davis
Linus / Minus Jacob Davich
Marissa / Ice Princess Sasha Pieterse
Sharkboy's dad Rico Torres
Sharkboy aged 5 Rebel Rodriguez
Sharkboy aged 7 Racer Rodriguez
Lug Rocket Rodriguez
Director Robert Rodriguez
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 26 Aug 2005
Drama Children's