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Overall Rating
3.79

Awesome: 25%
Worth A Look56.25%
Average: 1.79%
Pretty Bad: 7.14%
Total Crap: 9.82%

10 reviews, 52 user ratings


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Spy Kids
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by Preston Jones

"007 for the under 7 crowd."
4 stars

These days, Hollywood's idea of a family film is something like See Spot Run, where the only thing that's found funny is dog poop. Apparently, feces pass for creativity in 2001. Enter a sincerely welcome breath of fresh air: writer/director Robert Rodriguez's latest effort, a playful blast of a film that never lets up, Spy Kids.

Rodriguez, traditionally known for shoot-'em-up gore-fests such as Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn, steps away from his blood-spattered roots and delivers a light-hearted tale of familial love and sibling bonding set amid a riotous James Bondian adventure.
The story opens with the retirement of former enemies turned lovers Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez (Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino). They're giving up the spy biz to act as "consultants" while raising two precocious kids: Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara).Adventure is still in their blood, however, and when the opportunity presents itself, they embark on an ill-fated mission and are captured by Minion (Tony Shalhoub), henchman for the diabolical Fegan Floop (Alan Cumming, channeling Pee Wee Herman), a children's TV show host who's planning to take over the world with an army of thumb monsters (yes, you read that correctly) and robot children - the titular Spy Kids.
Carmen and Juni realize they've got to save their parents so after paying a visit to their cranky uncle Machete (Danny Trejo), and with help from their uncle Felix (Cheech Marin) and an old co-worker of their parents, Miss Gradenko (Teri Hatcher), they set off, armed with an impressive array of gadgets and gizmos.
If the setup sounds like it's a bedtime story for 8-year-olds, pass this film on by. For filmgoers willing to suspend disbelief and buy into Rodriguez's fanciful dream world of jet-propelled backpacks and jigsaw puzzle floors, this movie possesses a child-like ability to engross and captivate.
The film moves at a relentless, breakneck pace, rarely slowing to catch its breath. Rodriguez charges at this material like he's trying to outshine Indiana Jones. He piles one outrageous situation on top of another. The entire cast is clearly having fun and it shows.
Reportedly, Dimension Films was so pleased with the concept that a sequel was ordered before Spy Kids was even completed.
Guillermo Navarro's kinetic photography helps propel the light as air story and the cast is superb from top to bottom. Banderas spoofs his own macho image throughout and both Sabara and Vega are excellent, creating a believable and humorous chemistry as brother and sister.
With his latest effort, Rodriguez has created a true rarity: an actual family film that the whole family can watch and enjoy without flinching at graphic violence or scatological humor.

Spy Kids hearkens back to the days of serials like The Perils of Pauline where everyone held their breath, covered their eyes but knew in the end that everyone would be okay and the villains would get their just desserts. Don't miss this gem.

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User Comments

5/27/08 PAUL SHORTT NOT ONLY TERRIFICALLY ENTERTAINING, BUT HAS A GREAT MESSAGE, AS WELL 4 stars
1/10/07 David Pollastrini not great, not terrible 3 stars
4/01/06 Rose Marie the director is crud, the movie is crap!the cast is all wrong and horibble! 1 stars
3/31/06 Anthony Feor A great kid flick 4 stars
3/26/06 Quigley whoa, people, explain the high ratings. it is crap. even antonio banderas didn't save it! 1 stars
9/14/05 Jonathon Holmes great fun 4 stars
8/06/05 Zack What was Robert Rodriguez thinking?!? 1 stars
6/14/05 Agent Sands An overlooked gem. 4 stars
12/10/04 Kristina Williams not a bad kids flick. I can sit through it without howling 4 stars
10/07/04 tatum Big loud fun 4 stars
8/31/04 aussieemmy hey this movie stars Cheech, so any one dissing this movie sucks! 5 stars
8/04/04 Katie This movie is great! The cast is awesome and the story is fun. 5 stars
5/31/04 Nobody Very fakey, somewhat boring, not very funny. 2 stars
12/03/03 Mr. Hat (previously Joe Zappa) It, as well as 2 & 3, are much better than the average kids' movie!! 5 stars
8/30/03 DEVON look, daryl is hot,smart, and turkish, you have a big mouth, you sorry jerk!!! 5 stars
7/26/03 Christian Harding Ideotic humor+some (as in 1 or 2) interesting scenes+weird characters=Spy Kids 3 stars
7/18/03 Chris Entertaing but not without flaws. Still it's style was unseen before. My family enjoyed it. 4 stars
6/20/03 jim movie sucks totall ass, unless ur a 6 year old, be ashamed of urself for liking this movie 1 stars
6/15/03 josh love to see an x-rated virsin 5 stars
6/10/03 Jareth Much better than the last 10 Bonds films 4 stars
2/21/03 scott SHUT UP ALEX THIS MOVIE ROCKS 5 stars
1/27/03 alex why do pussy like andrew patrick watch fuckin kid movies like spy kids, man up u littlegil 1 stars
12/17/02 Laura *Mrs. Floop* This movie is my favourite movie of all time. It is fantasticly made and Floop is gorgeous! 5 stars
8/25/02 Turkish blew total ass poo, jus rent the goonies instead, and andrew patricks a pussy 1 stars
8/17/02 Andrew Patrick Spy Kids Is Probably The Best Spy Movie Ever 5 stars
8/17/02 AJ Go in openminded and knowing its a kid's movie.. Overall it rocks 5 stars
8/16/02 scott great but spy kids 2 is better 4 stars
8/11/02 J I use to love it but after that lame "re-release" and better sequel I'm lowering my rating. 4 stars
7/28/02 spencer stupid shit that would never happen no plot 1 stars
6/11/02 qtpie Antonia Banderas was hot in those working glasses 5 stars
3/11/02 Emilia The bad guy is the weirdest..fits the whole movie 4 stars
1/20/02 Andrew Carden Uncomfortable and Uneven Kiddie Flick. 2 stars
12/26/01 Phil M. Afficianado Very cool. An eyefull of color and activity and imagination. Good spirited, too. Fun. 5 stars
10/16/01 Mr. Hat Some of the stuff is so cool, it makes me jealous because I don't have it. 5 stars
9/25/01 INCUBATOR Not funny, no nothing.....real piece of crap 1 stars
8/10/01 Jessel GREAT flick for the kids who will love it. Banderas is excellent, disliked only by skanks 4 stars
7/17/01 cheryl hated spy kids HATED antonio banderas - a greasy wetback with a lisp. 1 stars
6/22/01 sumair adfd 4 stars
5/20/01 Billy Blah at best 1 stars
5/10/01 Annie Tangalin It's alot funnier than any comedy show I've seen!!! 5 stars
4/21/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) Funnier than 8-out-of-10 gross-out comedies you'll see this year...I'm serious... 4 stars
4/20/01 Stephen Booth Appeals on many levels, not to saccerine but sweet enough not to scare the kids. 4 stars
4/17/01 gloria fantastic movie for adults and kids. 5 stars
4/17/01 JustJeff I liked "Play It to the Bone" better - too bad Antonio did whup on the brats in this flick. 1 stars
4/16/01 Rampage perfect for the entire family, Banderas was great 5 stars
4/09/01 The Bomb 69 very entertaining, kids, parents, and grandparents will all love it 5 stars
4/02/01 Danny Del Rossi Not since 'The Princess Bride' have I seen a movie with such multi-generational appeal. 5 stars
4/02/01 orpy Excellent, better than Crouching Tiger! 5 stars
4/01/01 Kevin Neece This film was funny 5 stars
3/31/01 B Monday Most entertaining blast of the past several years! Alexa Vega was terrific in her 1st role 5 stars
3/27/01 film fan Fun! 5 stars
3/25/01 JF Great movie with awesome special effects and characters! 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  30-Mar-2001 (PG)

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