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Spy Kids 2 (R)
Deminsion Films & Miramax
Official Site
Director:Robert Rodriguez
Producers:Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellan
Written by:Robert Rodriguez
Cast:Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Steve Buscemi, Mike Judge, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Matt O’ Leary, Emily Osment, Ricardo Montalban, Holland Taylor, Alan Cumming, Taylor Momsen, Christopher McDonald, Bill Paxton

Kids eye view: Rating: out of 5

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 max.

Parent Perspective: Rating out of 5

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. Cheech Marin’s 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 theater.

Samantha, Caleb, Brian, & Karen

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