SPY KIDS (Theatrical Release USA 2001)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.2|5.0 Starsììì

Spy Kids—futuristic action film for children and select adults—needs script rewriting to rid itself of dialogue that borders on the edge of ‘goofy’. Adults may feel bored throughout most of the film. The movie, however, is clean and family friendly. It supports the concept that a family working together becomes more powerful.

Storyline

Former spies Gregorio Cortez (Antonio Banderas) and his wife Ingrid Cortez (Carla Gugino) are brought out of retirement for a special mission. They are kidnapped by villains Fegan Floop (Alan Cumming) and Alexander Minion (Tony Shalhoub). Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez’ children, Carmen Cortez (Alexa PenaVaga) and her younger brother Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara), who were left in the care of their ‘Uncle’ Felix Gumm (Cheech Marin), take on the responsibility of saving their parents.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Robert Rodriguez for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Cary Granat, Bob Weinstein, and Harvey Weinstein for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Ms. Gradenko (Teri Hatcher), Mr. Lisp (Robert Patrick), Machete (Danny Trejo), Donnagon/Donnamight (Mike Judge), and Cool Spy (Richard Linklater).


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It’s a treat to see Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino work together. This film’s primary appeal is for the older child.

Ben Meyers

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