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Parents' Guide to

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Kids will love the 3-D aspect of this movie.

Movie PG 2005 94 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 6+
It's 100% appropriate for kids, but the movie itself is trash. So content is ok for pretty much all ages, but the movie is absolute garbage. Good message at the end though.
1 person found this helpful.
age 9+


I didn’t like how much focus on negativity there was in the first part of the movie - divorce and arguing parents, bullying, name calling, scary tornado scene in a classroom.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (70 ):

THE ADVENTURES OF SHARKBOY AND LAVAGIRL IN 3-D may not be Oscar-worthy, but it will definitely please its target audience of elementary-school kids. The novelty of using 3-D glasses alone will make it irresistible; many of today's children have never had the opportunity to see action literally jump out of the screen at them, and they'll be amazed by the eye-popping experience. They'll also get a kick out of the story, which was "based on the intergalactic journeys and superhero stories created by director Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids)'s 7-year-old son Racer Max."

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D borrows heavily from The Wizard of Oz -- from the tornado that sets the action into motion to the appearance of familiar faces in the alternate world (Max's teacher, the class bully, and the object of Max's affection all have important roles in Planet Drool), many parts of the movie feel a little too familiar. But there are enough cool special effects and gadgets to captivate kids, and enough clever references to amuse parents (the kids take The Train Of Thought, float through The Stream of Consciousness, and experience a Brain Storm -- with brains raining from above due to an excess of creativity). The message about following your dreams becomes heavy-handed at times, but kids will be too busy taking in the 3-D images and losing themselves in a vibrant fantasy playground to notice.

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