Kids eye view: Rating: out
Spy Kids 2is the “coolest” movie we have ever seen.
It was full of stunts. We liked the fancy dinner scene where
the new head of the OSS is announced. The kids really show
what they are made of at this dinner.
Most of the action takes place on the “non-existing” Island
of Dreams. There are new characters. We meet the President
and his daughter with all of her Secret Service agents; Magna
Men (kind of like thumb-thumbs); and the Island Man, a scientist
who created mini-versions of normal and abnormal animals for
miniature zoos that people could put on their coffee tables.
He wanted to make some animals a little bigger for kids with
“meatier hands”; it worked. All. Too. Well.
Carmen and Juni have grown up some. Carmen is now 13 and
interested in boys (at least one) and she lets it distract
her for a while. Juni seems more mature and more focused than
Carmen sometimes. This is a funny movie and thrilling to the
Parent Perspective: Rating out
Okay, any sequel to a movie that had Floops in it is not
something we would try to take seriously, but it still took
a few minutes to adapt to this over-the-top spoof of spy movies.
The basic premise is that the OSS has added a Spy Kids division,
full of all the same things any organization has: good guys,
bad guys, and (ewwwww) politics. Like any other good family
movie, this one has a moral. Without giving away too much
of the story, let’s just say it has to do with the idea that
“A spy is only as good as his gadgets.”
The action was fun, with good special effects and some funny
gags along the way. We get a brief glimpse of some of the
first movie’s characters—thumb-thumbs, foOglies, and Minion.
And we get to meet some new characters, including Carmen and
Juni’s counterparts, Gerti and Gary Giggles, as well as an
island full of interesting creatures. The plot had some holes
in it and character development was weak for some of the parts.
character, Uncle Felix, had a small yet important part in
the first movie. This time around he has a smaller part that
was so out of line with the original movie, it might as well
have been a different character.
Still, the movie was good enough to hold our attention through
to the end. Only after it was over and the excitement had
died down did we find ourselves wondering why they did some
of the things they did. Not wondering enough to spoil our
enjoyment, mind you, but wondering. If you want a deep, thought-provoking
movie that will have you contemplating the meaning of something
important, this is not it. If you want a movie that your kids
will love and that you can have fun watching with them, this
is a good choice for a hot afternoon in an air-conditioned
—Samantha, Caleb, Brian, & Karen