Finally a movie both me and my kids like! (by penny716)
This was a great movie. I particularly like the fact that a normal sibling relationship was shown, the rivalry and disdain but still the reality that blood is thicker than water and no matter if you think that your brother or sister is a twerp, you still do anything for them. The family sticks together and although it is a very far-fetched concept, it was a movie both my children and I liked. It was filled with action and adventure but the good guys come out on top in the end against overwhelming odds. I think we could all use a little more optimism now and this movie delivers it. Carmen and <more>
Junie were not the impossibly perfect kids seen in most movies now. Nor were they brats who only care about themselves in other movies. They were too athletic to be real children, but I'd like to think that they are showing the kids seeing the movie that they can do anything that they put their mind to. Overall, a terrific family movie the kids will actually like-even though their parents do too.
This movie was an excellent adventure for kids that love action and trying to solve mysteries. This begins when the Kortez family who is involved with the United States Government fighting the bad people, have to find out what the problem is and how to solve it. Their children always seem to want to not want to get involved with their parents but now that the kids want to be a family they want to help try to become a Kortez Family. Everything seemed o.k at first but when things got hectic the children were to try to find their parents before it was too late and the bad people capture their <more>
own family. Stay tuned to find out can the children accomplish it before it too late.
I would've never expected what I saw. (by jagsports01)
When I saw this movie, I immediately was pulled in and obsessed. The trailers made the movie look bad, so I decided, no I shouldn't see it. Then on rotten tomatoes, I saw 93% which is a great amount. I decided to see it, and I loved it. For anyone who is uncertain about seeing this movie, go for it. It is an original, unexpected journey, that you can see repeatedly, and will not get bored. I think the best part of this movie is... the storyline, and the acting. Outstanding roles from Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara Carmen and Juny , and any other actor/actress in the movie. I recommend any <more>
parents to go take there kids to this movie.After all, Spy Kids is an original, first one out of the package piece of paper that sucks you in, making you stare at the drawing all day.
Finally, a live-action family movie that entertained me and my wife immensely, while my six-year old daughter had a blast too!The most obvious and fitting comparison film is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Amazing fantasy world, some true menace, and a great message about being true to yourself and your family.Spy Kids as a family movie for the post-Matrix age. It's witty, but never falls into that oh-so-hip faux-ironic self awareness that plagues so many movies today. It hands you a fantasy world, and encourages you to believe in it.It has a great deal of action and slapstick, <more>
but thankfully was completely missing the mean-spirited undertones of the slapstick in Home Alone.Like all great children's literature or entertainment, Spy Kids doesn't talk down to kids. It assumes they're intelligent and can pay attention. Having said that, there are sections of the film that are hyperkinetic, but they flow naturally.It has something of a similar vibe to the Pixar films Toy Story 1&2, Bugs Life , without as many in-jokes. There are some wonderful adult-only laughs, mostly stemming from the trials and tribulations of being a parent.It's PG for a reason. It's not for the youngest moviegoer. A mature 5 or a six-year-old is about as young as I'd recommend. There are some scary moments, ala Willy Wonka, or The Wizard of Oz. But that's "good scary" in my book, as opposed to needlessly scaring folks to death.The message of family is delightful. The Cortez family is a *real* family. They have disagreements, but they love each other. Thankfully, Rodriguez avoids the sit-com smartmouth syndrome, and gives us kids we can believe.And I love the fact that Rodriguez never downplays the Latino heritage of the family. Hey, I'm so Anglo I'm practically translucent, but it was such a refreshing change to not have typical whitebread heroes out to save the world.Not since Bob Porky's Clark pulled A Christmas Story out of his hat has a director come up with such a pleasant surprise in a genre you'd never imagine. Summary? A cup of Bond, a splash of Willy Wonka, and a dash of The Matrix. Sit back and watch the fun!
The first time I saw this movie was in '07 on my father's ranch. I turned to him with joy and wonder and asked him, "Daddy, can I get sum'more popc'rn?" He laughed and brought out his belt. And we watched Spy Kids 2001 as the sun set below the Alabama cornfields. To this day I watch this movie daily.This movie has changed my life for the better. It helped me when my father passed away from gonhorrea, when I failed college as an entomologist major and even when I lost the love of my life; my sister. This movie still reminds me of her smiling face, her pretty <more>
sun-kissed skin and ginger hair.Whenever my depression worsens or my anxiety won't stop pestering me, I watch this movie. Whenever my hands bleed from working on the farm all day, I turn on Spy Kids 2001 . This movie has been a life saver in more ways than one.So, it's only fair to rate this movie a solid 9.5/10. Not a 10/10 because they didn't fall in love, maybe then I would've related to it more.
A Kid's Film That's Never Offensive (by eric262003)
"Spy Kids" succeeds as a kid's movie that even the adults can take a liking to. It takes the liberty in creating an exuberant atmosphere, with insanely original set pieces. scintillating visuals and plays our as a kids film without ever getting the feeling that your intelligence is being insulted. Under the direction of Robert Rodriguez, he must've seen his project after its initial release and had a mile long smile.Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino star as Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez spies who hated each other and first, but then fell in love with each other and got married <more>
and raised two children, Carmen Alexa Vega and Juni Daryl Sabara . They never told their kids they were spies, but sooner or later their cover will be blown. Happily retired from the wacky world of espionage, Mr. and Mrs. Cortez get abducted by an evil doer named Minion Tony Shaloub and now it's up to Carmen and Juni to save them while fighting off robotic kids and Thumb Monsters.Minion is under the superiority of a diabolical mastermind named Fegan Floop Alan Cumming whose kid's show he hosts is a concealer to kids manipulative evil schemes of world domination sounds familiar? . His headquarters is located at a sea-castle where strange thumb-shaped creatures while Floop has an apparatus that morphs clone-like robotic replicas of children from powerful parents. They resemble the kids except for the stoic eyes and the creepy glow. But their brain capacity is not up to par. Floop devises a Third Brain that Gregorio took after retiring from the biz.Sure it sounds quite juvenile on paper, but surprisingly this movie has set pieces that will make James Bond's head spin. These gadgets seem more superior than the things Q has invented over the years. If the adults are entertained as much as the kids are than this movie truly stands out. "Spy Kids" succeeds in giving us its money worth and why we even watch movies to begin with. Aside from the style which does it exceed over substance with no apologies, there is a moments of witty dialogue and clever banter which adds more to the pleasure of the story.The kids are not alone in their quest. They are joined by their Uncle Felix Cheech Marin and an old friend of Ingrid's in their spying days Mrs. Gradenko Teri Hatcher . The kids find the secret to the "safe house" and become naturally savvy in these spy techniques some more complicated than others. The cool thing is that the kids don't take their matters lightly, they are dedicated in their mission and even Juni eventually gains confidence in standing up to bullies in school.Rodriguez has a thing for special and visual effects like "From Dusk Till Dawn" by depending on computer-generated set pieces with the colourful backgrounds that look like a party is taking place inside a paint box. Such awesome gadgets include chewing gum that can be used for a tracking devise or a cool car that can transform into a submarine. Their even a scene where the siblings take charge of a watercraft submarine shaped like a giant fish that will put Captain Nemo to shame.Though I try to stir clear from race or politics even when it comes to kids movies, but from an observation standpoint, Rodriguez made the film mainstream for the Latino demographic. Even Gregorio jokes about the Latinos that make up most of the cast on Floop's show. It's great that the violence displayed here isn't graphic, and that for a kids movie it's more juvenile and cartoon-like that's fun to watch. Even the kids high-tech stuff looks fun to look at as it is when it's used unlike the gadgets adults use which most of the time is scaled down."Spy Kids" stands out as a kids movie that is rare to find being that it is original, inventive and not watered down to insult anyone's intelligence. It does have lessons learned but in a positive and not preachy ways. You never feel embarrassed to watch it. Even if you don't have kids you can enjoy the film and be amazed at the work Rodriguez accomplished.
A Boost For The 'Family Unit' (by ccthemovieman-1)
This was a silly kids' adventure story but still fun the younger ones and for adults, thanks to colorful scenes, great special effects, decent humor and a nice family tone to it. The kids are alright, except the girl is a little bossy, and the villains aren't too nasty. This also looks very good on DVD.Included in the color and characters are "the thumb people" who were especially fun to watch.The only problem I found with it is the last 30 minutes in which it got too silly and emphasized typical Hollywood how the kids can do the job better than the adults, which a <more>
ludicrous film cliché. However, overall "family unity" gets a big boost in this here, even in the end, and that good message is probably a big reason this movie was such a success.
Fun for kids and their parents, good for a family movie. *** out of four (by Movie-12)
SPY KIDS / 2001 *** out of four By Blake French: If James Bond married another secret agent, had kids, privately continued his life as a spy, became captured, and left his rescuing to his offspring, we would have the formula for Robert Rodriguez's new action adventure, "Spy Kids." Rodriguez normally directs harsher, more brutal movies, like "Desperado" and "The Faculty," but accustoms a slick style of adventure and humor in this film that exceeds past the level of any of his recent work. "Spy Kids" really does belong in some kind of James Bond <more>
picture. As the film's writer, director, and co producer, Rodriguez does a lot more with the material here than we expect. The film has a stunning array of special effects, ranging from walking thumbs to a particularly imaginative experience in the villain's headquarters. Even the introduction has zest and intrigue: we meet a seemingly normal family of four, consisting of Ingrid and Gregorio Cortez Alexa Vega and Antonio Banderas , and their children, probably middle school aged, Juni and Carmen Daryl Sabara and Alexa Vega . As the movie opens, Ingrid tells her children a nice bedtime story about two daring spies assigned to kill the other, but fall in love, get married, and retire. She prepares her offspring for bed and turns the lights off, walks to her husband, and explains she thinks it would be a good idea to tell Carmen and Juni their real identities as top-secret spies; the story Ingrid enlightened her kids with was true. Rodriguez quickly sketched his characters, but his method is surprisingly effective; the movie starts out with fast-paced action and captures our attention abruptly and does not really lose energy throughout its running time. We learn the two married spies have retired from the business nine years prior, but their fellow OSS agents are disappearing all over the world, and thinks it to be the work of a kids TV show host named Fegan Floop Alan Cumming in a very whimsical, fitting performance and his assistant, Minion Tony Shalhoub . The agents have been converted into clay-like animated characters held captive at his mega tech laboratory. Imaginative and interesting, if a bit cheesy. Ingrid and Gregorio call their "Uncle" Felix over to watch the kids while they go out on their latest mission. Unfortunately, this mission could be their last; they walk right into a trap and are snared from beneath their toes. Felix receives a distress call, sends the kids to a "safe house," but is captured himself, leaving the responsibilities to the younger members of the family. The story isn't cheap or silly, although some of the material tests our tolerance for far-fetched science fiction. The underlying motives here are also legitimate. The movie puts confidence in strong family values, honesty, and trust, but does not preach, lecture, or on the other side of the barrel, become lost in an utter mess of silly dog poop and passing gas jokes like "See Spot Run." The movie takes itself seriously, and is well written. We understand the character's motives. "Spy Kids" gets one thing painfully right, and that is therelationship of the brother and sister. Their relationship is all too familiar in American households, where name calling and mean-spirited behavior inhabit offspring of both sexes. The petty little conflicts they feel strained and forced, giving this movie, otherwise somewhat mature, an immature sensation. This familiar stereotype is profoundly irritating. "Spy Kids" is often exciting, funny, and almost always entertaining. It is not the kind of movie that parents should just drop their kids off to, however, but should stay for themselves to witness some of the most effective family movie moments in quite a while. In a time when family movies are completely disposable, "Spy Kids" proves itself to stand out from all the others and provide us with a genuine spy movie experience.
Retired secret agents Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino are reluctantly called back into service when an evil mastermind Alan Cumming threatens to take over the world. When they're captured it's up to their young kids Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara to save them.Turn off your brain and enjoy! Director Robert Rodriguez who has previously done just violent R-rated movies turns out a picture that will appeal to adults and children equally. The story moves at a lightning pace, the special effects are just unbelievable and the story and action never gets bloody or too violent. I assume the <more>
PG is for one minor swear word.The acting varies. No one is really bad. Vega and Sabara are just OK but they act like real kids and, most importantly, like a real brother and sister. You believe these two are related. Banderas, Cumming and Gugino are exceptional. They play the movie in a perfect light-hearted way--never taking anything too seriously and enjoying themselves all the way. There are also amusing performances by Teri Hatcher looking fantastic , Robert Patrick looking good too and George Clooney !!! . Basically a fun, fast, enjoyable family film which also teaches kids about believing in themselves without getting too preachy. Well worth seeing. Can't wait to see the sequels!