As a child, Michael and his father Charles have had a tense relationship. Charles would lash out at Michael for breaking the rules; once even attempting to hit him with a baseball bat when he intervened in a fight between Charles and his wife Lisa. Another time, Charles was made to walk home in the rain after claiming to have lost his glasses.
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Or maybe that was the story, which feels improvised and inconsequential. The movie is about Max (Cayden Boyd), a fourth-grader with an active imagination, troubles at home, and few friends at school. He is rescued from his misery by two of his own creations, Sharkboy (Taylor Lautner) and Lavagirl (Taylor Dooley), who spirit him away to the planet Drool. Drool is under attack from fantastical bad guys who bear a striking resemblance to Max's teacher and bully.
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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.
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