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  • Awesome Music: Sharkboy and Lavagirl by Ariel Abshire & The Lava Girls is a very catchy and upbeat Bragging Theme Tune.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Lavagirl losing her leg; this came out of the blue and is never mentioned afterwards.
  • Cult Classic: A classic Guilty Pleasure flick among audience members who've either grown up with it or watched it and enjoy how cheesy and narmy it is.
  • Drinking Game: Take a shot every time someone says some form of the word "dream". You will most likely be rushed to the hospital halfway through.
  • Ham and Cheese:
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    • Those who don't like the movie will love Linus/Minus' overacting. Those who like the movie will definitely love his overacting.
    • George Lopez was clearly under no illusions about the kind of movie he was in, and naturally the entirety of his screentime as Mr. Electric is an extended hamfest. And his scenes as Mr. Electricidad are downright unkosher.
    • Special mention goes to Taylor Lautner for literally Chewing the Scenery at several points.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This won't be the last time that a MacGuffin called the Crystal Heart plays a major role in defeating a villain...
  • Iron Woobie: Lavagirl.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Linus/Minus. He only wants to destroy the dream world because his dreams are broken, which explains his negative attitude.
  • Memetic Mutation: The entire shouting match between Max, Linus, and Mr. Electricidad.
    • "HE RUINED MY DREAM JOURNAL!"
    • "I did NOTnote  ! Mr. Electric, send him to the principal's office and have him expelled!!"
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    • "You're in MY class, not the other way around! I know EVERYTHING! And you... know nothing."
    • "At the end of class, both of you will report to the principal's office...WITH YOUR PARENTS!"
    • Some people on tumblr also had the idea of mixing up the words in the title, so they came up with "Lavashark and Boygirl".
  • Narm: Several instances, mostly the ridiculous faces Mr. Electric keeps making. Though it could be justified as his faces seem to be on purpose.
    • Also, Max's parents' horrendous acting when admitting their love for each other in the climax of the movie. Dear God...
  • Narm Charm: Robert Rodriguez based the film solely on dreams and drawings from his young son. Naturally, there was absolutely no way that the movie could be anything but an extended cheesefest with more holes than a sieve in the writing, made to appeal to elementary school-age kids and no one else... and the way it shamelessly embraces all this is why some people find it so enjoyable.
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  • Nightmare Fuel: Minus's head growing gigantic.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • So Bad, It's Good: To a fair amount of viewers. Yes, it's beyond cheesy, but that's part of the charm.
  • Special Effects Failure: In spades. Like Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, the film has very poor 3D and green-screen effects combined with CG that would have been terrible even for a direct-to-DVD film, despite costing 50 million dollars to produce and the special effects being produced by 11 different studios, including Industrial Light and Magic of all companies.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Max crying over Sharkboy and Lavagirl, who appear to be dead.
    • Sharkboy's dad being lost at sea.
  • Toy Ship: In-universe examples: Max with Marissa and Lavagirl with Sharkboy.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • So Sharkboy gets his own origin story, having been raised part of his life by sharks. What's Lavagirl's backstory? Never explained in the movie.
    • The psychological aspects of Max and his dreams aren't really explored much outside of surface references. The movie's overall message is supposed to be, "as long as you work hard, dreams can come true" as well, so this helps muddle it, but Max's parents are fighting a lot and thinking about getting a divorce. Max is cognizant of this and it's represented in his dreams that he's worried about them. He even imagined Sharkboy, Lavagirl, and an entire planet to escape reality and convinced himself they're real. Until they show up, the movie treats them as such, so the setup of the movie could've involved what a kid goes through when they're worried about their parents splitting up, but the film gets wrapped up in dealing with Max's bully and proving to him his dreams were real.
  • The Woobie: Max. He's a bully magnet and just wants to be left alone to dream in peace. Interestingly inverted at the end when his own invention makes him realize that he's only been dreaming for himself and didn't care enough about others, implying that everyone else needed his help and The Woobie was actually all of them.

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