The Adventures of SharkBoy & LavaGirl in 3-D

"OK"

The Adventures of SharkBoy & LavaGirl in 3-D Review


As if to make up for the ultraviolence in his "SinCity," director Robert Rodriguez bringsout his second film of the year this week -- the family-friendly adventure"The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl."

In this film, a young boy named Max (Cayden Boyd) dreamsthat he meets two child superheroes, SharkBoy (Taylor Lautner) and LavaGirl(Taylor Dooley). Max is unable to convince anyone that they actually existuntil they show up in his classroom and whisk him away to Planet Drool,where only he can help save the day.

As in his "SpyKids 3," Rodriguez presents a good portionof the action in 3-D, and audience members are asked to don or remove theirglasses at crucial points. Rodriguez is nothing if not enthusiastic, andhe packs his film with dozens of jokes and ideas, no matter how silly.But he's a long way off from the energy of the original "SpyKids," and the difference lies betweenthe definitions of "childlike" and "childish."

His own children are old enough now to help him with hisstorytelling duties, and Rodriguez is so charmed by parenthood that hecan no longer edit out the stuff that doesn't work. Great chunks of "SharkBoyand LavaGirl" simply embarrass with their infantile thought patternsand their anxious attempt to appeal to young viewers. Moreover, the filmmakerhas developed a slightly disturbing penchant for close-ups on LavaGirland her dazzling Denise Richards-like smile.

Several adults also appear in the film with significantlyless to do: David Arquette and Kristin Davis ("Sex and the City")as Max's parents and George Lopez in a dual role as Max's teacher and thedigitally enhanced bad guy Mr. Electric.



Facts and Figures

Genre: Kids/Family

Box Office Worldwide: $69.4M

Production compaines: Dimension Films, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Sharkboy, as Lavagirl, as Max, as Mr. Electricidad / Tobor / Ice Guardian, as Dad, as Mom, as Linus / Minus

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Manchester by the Sea Movie Review

Manchester by the Sea Movie Review

This may not be the cheeriest movie of the season, but it's so skilfully written,...

Live By Night Movie Review

Live By Night Movie Review

Ben Affleck launched his directing career 10 years ago with his film of Dennis Lehane's...

La La Land Movie Review

La La Land Movie Review

After storming awards season with Whiplash two years ago, writer-director Damien Chazelle returns with something...

Assassin's Creed Movie Review

Assassin's Creed Movie Review

Hopes were high that this film might finally crack the curse of movies based on...

Silence Movie Review

Silence Movie Review

Faith is a topic Martin Scorsese can't quite shake, courting controversy with complex films like...

A Monster Calls Movie Review

A Monster Calls Movie Review

A difficult movie to market, this isn't actually the BFG-style fantasy adventure it looks like....

Monster Trucks Movie Review

Monster Trucks Movie Review

Word has it that a 4-year-old came up with the idea for this unapologetically silly...

Advertisement
Collateral Beauty Movie Review

Collateral Beauty Movie Review

Dramas exploring the nature of death and the true meaning of life are always in...

Paterson Movie Review

Paterson Movie Review

Unpredictable filmmaker Jim Jarmusch ricochets from his artful vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive into...

I, Daniel Blake Movie Review

I, Daniel Blake Movie Review

At 80 years old, British filmmaker Ken Loach won his second Cannes Film Festival with...

Why Him? Movie Review

Why Him? Movie Review

Writer-director John Hamburg continues to recycle the formula that made his first hit Meet the...

Passengers Movie Review

Passengers Movie Review

Anchored by the almost ridiculously engaging Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, this sci-fi movie travels...

Neruda Movie Review

Neruda Movie Review

Clever Chilean director Pablo Larrain (who also directed Natalie Portman's Jackie) takes on the Nobel-winning...

The Eagle Huntress Movie Review

The Eagle Huntress Movie Review

Narrated by Daisy Ridley (The Force Awakens), this documentary is one of the most gripping...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.