Director: Robert Rodriguez
Robert Rodriguez doesn’t always have to bask in the blood, sex, and violence of exploitation cinema to earn appreciation. Taken as innocent, kid-friendly romps, his Spy Kids movies are perfectly tolerable, though, yes, they pale in comparison to gems like Desperado and From Dusk til Dawn.
With The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D, though, Rodriguez dabbled in kids’ movie silliness way too much. Bogged down by some of the worst three-dimensional imagery imaginable, Rodriguez’s over-caffeinated mess abandons any actual story in favor of pointless devices like cookie rafts and word bubbles.
And, yes, in case you’re wondering, Taylor Lautner was just as bad an actor then as he is in the Twilight films now.