The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D could be described as The Matrix meets Spider-Man for eight-year-olds. Like Neo in The Matrix, Max—this movie's protagonist—is caught in a parallel world where his own perceptions dictate what he sees. Sharkboy and Lavagirl, the heroes of Max's imagination, derive from the superhero comic books, where characters like Spidey and the Green Lantern have specific powers and weaknesses (unlike the nearly omnipotent Superman).

Robert Rodriguez, the creator of the upbeat and immensely popular Spy Kids trilogy, is an astonishing creative force. He draws from popular culture and his own imagination for his films, but he can't take all the credit for Sharkboy and Lavagirl. The writing and screenplay credits go instead to Racer Max Rodriguez—Robert's seven-year-old son, who got the idea for Sharkboy while playing with his dad in the swimming pool. "I'm Shark Boy!" Racer Max told his dad, insisting on a movie about a character of the same name.

Taylor Lautney as Sharkboy

Taylor Lautney as Sharkboy

Rodriguez admits that it is difficult to slip into the mind of an eight-year-old to make a movie that will ring true to a young audience. So he decided to collaborate with his son, suggesting that Racer Max come up with a female counterpart to Sharkboy. The result was Lavagirl, who gives off sparks, heat and flames, especially when she gets riled up.

The Max of the film—named after the younger Rodriguez—is a daydreamer who keeps an illustrated "dream journal" recording the exploits of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. The journal also portrays the imagined versions of his bully-nemesis Linus and his overbearing teacher, Mr. Electricidad, played with scenery-chewing glee by comedian George Lopez. So real to him are Max's dreams, that ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D
Our Rating
2½ Stars - Fair
Average Rating
(3 user ratings)ADD YOURSHelp
Mpaa Rating
PG (for mild action and some rude humor)
Directed By
Robert Rodriguez
Run Time
1 hour 33 minutes
Cayden Boyd, George Lopez, Kristin Davis
Theatre Release
June 10, 2005 by Dimension Films
Browse All Movie Reviews By: