Sharkboy and Lavagirl parent guide: Why this is the perfect movie for children

The Sharkboy and Lavagirl movie remains popular, but is it suitable for your kids? Here's why it's a must-watch.
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Press Conference with George Lopez, Kristin Davis,
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Press Conference with George Lopez, Kristin Davis, / Vera Anderson/GettyImages

Who would have thought that fans would still check out the Sharkboy and Lavagirl movie almost 20 years after it was made? And who would have thought that viewers would still love it?

This is one of those movies full of nostalgia. The dated elements definitely don’t hold up, but that’s not what we watch the movie for. This is the same as Spy Kids, where we still love the original movies for the action, the hilarious moments, and just seeing child actors have fun.

Before you put the movie on for kids, you’ll want to make sure it’s suitable for them. The great news is that this movie carries a PG rating. It is perfect for all ages, and you’ll want to watch it with the kids.

Why is the Sharkboy and Lavagirl movie rated PG?

The rating means that those under eight may need some parental guidance, but there is nothing too traumatizing for them. Yes, there are some scary moments considering Sharkboy and Lavagirl work together to save the world. It’s a kid’s action movie. However, the storyline is predictable in the sense that the good guys will win.

This is actually a great movie to watch with kids because of the lessons within it. There are moments where characters want to give up on the mission. They face defeat, and they wonder if everything is worth fighting for. It is, and they get the courage to face fears and try again. Children can take a lot from this. Something may feel impossible, but it’s not with a little bit of a push.

While there are some dated elements of the movie, they’re nothing that will make you cringe. Some dated elements make you remember slang that is offensive to people and that we don’t use anymore. This movie doesn’t have anything like that. The dated elements are more in the technology used and some of the graphics. They add to the nostalgia and fun instead.

Follow up with We Can Be Heroes after this. Sharkboy and Lavagirl are grown up in this and have a child of their own. Now we just need a sequel to the original movie to see where the grownup versions of the characters are.

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Watch Sharkboy and Lavagirl on Netflix.