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The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl in 3-D (PG)

Release Date: June 10th , by Dimension Films.
The Cast: Cayden Boyd, Taylor Dooley, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, David Arquette.

  BASIC PREMISE: The dreams of a young boy (Boyd) become all-too real when Shark Boy (Lautner) and Lava Girl (Dooley) take him on an adventure to defeat Mr. Electric (Lopez).

  ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The 3-D special effects are nothing short of spectacular. There are many scenes where objects appear as if they are right in front of your eyes—and ears. For example, there is one scene with underwater bubbles that seem to fly right in your face. The make-up and costume design is also extraordinary. Both Sharkboy and Lavagirl have the slick, cool look of superheroes. What really works in the movie is the imagination and creativity—all from the mind of the director’s young son, Racer. There is one very imaginative and memorable scene in the Land of Milk and Cookies where the superheroes and the young boy sail through a river of milk on chocolate chip cookie. Sounds just like heaven! Another such scene is when they ride a train of thought—literally. The movie is less inventive and fun, though, during the scenes on Earth. The plot itself is the typical good vs. evil scenario and, fortunately, it is simple enough for any child to follow and thoroughly enjoy.

  SPIRITUAL VALUE: The power of dreams is a very interesting subject matter that is brought up this movie, but it is not nearly as profound as it is in Vanilla Sky or Waking Life—not that it needs to be, either. The ending is very appropriately satisfying and touching, especially because the young boy who was once lonely now has two very lively friends.

  INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Predictable, very simple plot.


  THE BOTTOM LINE: An exhilarating adventure that is perfect entertainment for the whole family.

  RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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