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The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl is a 2005 action-adventure/family movie directed and written by Robert Rodriguez (known for Sin City as well as the Spy Kids franchise). The film stars Taylor Lautner (who would later play Jacob in the Twilight Saga), Taylor Dooley, Cayden Boyd, Jacob Davich, George Lopez and Sasha Pieterse. The movie was created as a gift for Robert Rodriguez's son, Racer Max Rodriguez. His sons were also in the movie as cameos. The film was released on June 10, 2005 and was panned by both critics and audiences. Much like the Spy Kids franchise, the movie later received a cult following.

Plot

A boy named Max (Cayden Boyd) has a wild imagination, he dreams of two imaginary friends named Sharkboy (Taylor Lautner) and Lavagirl (Taylor Dooley) and a planet known as "Planet Drool". Some of his dreams are so powerful that they can actually come to life. His classmates, except for a girl named Marissa (Sasha Pieterse), don't believe him, especially a kid named Linus (Jacob Davich) who bullies him mercilessly for it, but one day on a stormy weather, his imaginary friends crash into school, recruiting him to help them on a mission to save Planet Drool from The Darkness and the corrupted Mr. Electric (George Lopez).

Why It Sucks

  1. The CGI and greenscreen effects are either laughably bad or downright terrifying.
  2. Somewhat misleading title. While Sharkboy and Lavagirl are the center characters of this film, they aren't the main characters (which is actually Max).
  3. Linus is super unlikable (though he does redeem himself at the end).
  4. Bad acting performances, especially from George Lopez.
  5. Repetitive 3D effects.
  6. Mr. Electric has some bad electric puns.
  7. Sharkboy is rude and immature for most of the movie.
  8. Lavagirl is incredibly bland.
  9. Some scenes are just plain stupid, such as the scene where Mr. Electric farts on one of his robotic minions.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The story and concept is very interesting.
  2. Marissa is a very nice character.
  3. The soundtrack is decent, with "The Dream Song" (sung by Sharkboy) being particularly catchy.
  4. Sharkboy does have a good backstory.
  5. The movie was created as a birthday present for Rodriguez's son, so you can't be too harsh on something that was specially made for someone.
  6. Jacob Davich's villainous performance as Minus is somewhat hilarious and impressive.

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