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Spy Kids

Spy Kids

4.0 12
Director: Robert Rodriguez,

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega


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In this reteaming of actor Antonio Banderas and director Robert Rodriguez -- their first film together since the 1995 feature Desperado -- Banderas plays Gregorio; he and devoted partner Ingrid (Carla Gugino), comprise the greatest pair of secret agents working. Both are masters of disguise and have the ability to prevent wars, but eventually they want


In this reteaming of actor Antonio Banderas and director Robert Rodriguez -- their first film together since the 1995 feature Desperado -- Banderas plays Gregorio; he and devoted partner Ingrid (Carla Gugino), comprise the greatest pair of secret agents working. Both are masters of disguise and have the ability to prevent wars, but eventually they want to settle down and begin raising a family. Nine years later, after retiring and giving up the lives of super-spies, Gregorio and Ingrid find themselves at the call of duty again when techno-genius Fegan Floop (Alan Cumming) and his insidious, ruthless sidekick Minion (Tony Shalhoub) have plans for world destruction. The only hope for Gregorio and Ingrid are their children, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara), who are called upon to save their missing parents, eventually learning their former identities. The film also features Cheech Marin, Robert Patrick, and Danny Trejo. In the summer of 2001, five months after Spy Kids had become a major box office success, an expanded edition was released, featuring several minutes of footage not used in the film's original cuts (including special effects sequences that couldn't be completed within the film's original budget).

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
It's highly unusual for a studio to re-release one of its spring hits late in the summer, which is what Columbia chose to do with Spy Kids; ostensibly, cynics will say, to make a few more bucks while alerting fans to its imminent arrival on home video. But in truth, this unusual marketing approach only serves to underscore this surprise hit's unique and likely enduring appeal. Indie maverick Robert Rodriguez, who wowed action fans with his studio debut (Desperado) and avoided the sophomore jinx in his dazzling horror flick From Dusk 'til Dawn, brings exhilarating stylistic bravado to this wonderful fantasy. The setup sounds almost goofy: Self-confident Carmen and her insecure younger brother Juni Cortez have decidedly uncool parents -- but when a demented children's show host and his twisted minion capture Mom and Dad, the siblings spring to their rescue and discover that (whoa!) their folks are actually international superspies! In Rodriguez's imaginative hands, though, the payoff on this ridiculousness is absolutely sublime. As Carmen and Juni (Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara, respectively) strap on the rocket-packs to save Mom and Dad (Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino), the sense of gee-whiz adventure is irresistible. Alan Cumming and Tony Shalhoub make perfect villains, embodying genuine comic-book evil in their plot to rule the world using an army of cloned kiddie robots. Multiple viewings only enhance enjoyment of this pint-size Bondian adventure with its clever script, perfect casting, way-cool gadgets, and awesome special effects. Parents will especially appreciate that, save for one poop joke (okay, and it's a good one), there is no bathroom humor. And at a time when Washington is taking Hollywood to task for marketing inappropriate films to youngsters, here is a film that promotes family values. Count on the Cortezes to spy again together in sequels, and for imitators to follow in Rodriguez's creative trail.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Spy Kids is a film made by people who love both movies and families. Director Robert Rodriguez fills the screen with funny and fantastic images like bad guys made out of thumbs (who don't catch very well because they are. . .well. . .all thumbs), kidnapped good guys whose heads have been formed into shapes that recall Dick Tracy villains, and a car that turns instantly into an underwater ship. Rodriguez also utilizes his editing skills to create action scenes that are as entertaining (though far less violent) than his work in El Mariachi and Desperado. The visual largess of the picture does not overwhelm the solid human story at the center of the film. Carmen and Juni, who spend much time teasing each other, learn that they must believe in themselves and each other. Sure, that sounds like a gooey moral, but Rodriguez doesn't hammer it home. He knows that the kids in the audience will be intelligent enough to get it all on their own. Near the end of the picture, Juni is told, "You were pure of heart and pure of mind." The same can be said for Spy Kids, a funny and sweet family film that entertains without dumbing itself down for either children or parents.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Antonio Banderas Gregorio Cortez
Carla Gugino Ingrid Cortez
Alexa Vega Carmen Cortez
Daryl Sabara Juni Cortez
Alan Cumming Fegan Floop
Tony Shalhoub Minion
Teri Hatcher Ms. Gradenko
Cheech Marin Uncle Felix
Robert Patrick Mr. Lisp
Danny Trejo Uncle Machete
Tom Savini Actor
Louis Black Financier
Dick Clark Financier
George Clooney Devlin
Norman Cabrera Fooglie #2/Tall & Skinny
Richard Linklater Cool Spy
Guillermo Navarro Pastor
Johnny Reno Agent Johnny
Mike Judge Donnagon/Donnamight
Ermahn Ospina Cab Driver
Evan Sabba "Intruder" Spy Kid
Trant Batey FoOglie #3/Too Too
Andy W. Bossley Brat
Jeff Dashnaw Brat's Dad
Rachel Duhame President's Robot Daughter
Steve Havens Financier
Houston Hooker Lisp's Robot Son
Angela Lanza Newscaster
Emilio Navarro Mackissack Excited Kid at Playground
Charles Ramirez-Berg Financier
Becca Rodriguez Spy Bridesmaid
Roberto Santibanez Financier
Shannon Shea FoOglie #1/Flower
Kara Slack Carmen's Friend
Julio Villarreal Spy Driver
Patricia Vonne Spy Bridesmaid

Technical Credits
Robert Rodriguez Director,Score Composer,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Douglas Aarniokoski Asst. Director
Mashi Akitama Animator
Eric Allard Special Effects
Jean-Yves Audouard Animator
Elizabeth Avellan Producer
Thomas Barron Executive Producer
Ronn Basquette Set Decoration/Design
Romain Bayle Animator
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Susan Bertram Costumes/Costume Designer
Nicole Bilski Stunts
Kamar Bitar Production Manager
Steve Bland Stunts
Katie Boggs Stunts
Jo Edna Boldin Casting
Robin Bonaccorsi Stunts
Marc Bourbonnais Animator
Linda Brachman Asst. Director
Kristen Leigh Branan Executive Producer
Troy Brown Stunts
Doc Charbonneau Stunts
Robert P. Clot Special Effects
Harry Cohen Sound/Sound Designer
Jake Dashnaw Stunts
Steve M. Davidson Stunts
John Debney Score Composer
Rachel Duhame Stunts
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Deborah Everton Costumes/Costume Designer
Dino Frenkiel Stunts
Dan Gaspar Special Effects
Troy M. Gilbert Stunts
Cary Granat Executive Producer
Gavin Greenaway Score Composer
James M. Halty Stunts
Lucinda Hinton Stunts
Houston Hooker Stunts
Kanan Hooker Stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker Stunts
Tommy Huff Stunts
Cinda-Lin James Stunts
Joseph Kasparian Animator
Robert Kurtzman Makeup Special Effects
Mathieu Lalonde Animator
Lobos Score Composer
Brandon Lott Stunts
Geoff Martin Special Effects
Wes Mattox Special Effects
Anne McCarthy Casting
Brian T. McCarty Special Effects
James W. McCormick Special Effects
John Meier Stunts
James Mize Special Effects
Guillermo Navarro Cinematographer
Danny Nelson Special Effects
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Nicotero Kurtzman & Berger EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Shawn Odum Stunts
Jonathan Paquin Animator
Heitor Pereira Score Composer
Jimmy N. Roberts Stunts
Troy Robinson Stunts
Erik Rondell Stunts
Julian Salas-Porras Stunts
Jeffrey Schwan Stunts
Jeanette Scott Set Decoration/Design
Luke Scully Production Manager
Senna Shanti Costumes/Costume Designer
Tamee Smith-Zimmerman Co-producer
Dan Sperry Consultant/advisor
Ken Steel Animator
Sully Sullivan Art Director
Chuck Tamburro Stunts
Frank W. Tarantino Special Effects
Gaetan Thiffault Animator
Elaine K. Thompson Special Effects
Tony Boggs Stunts
Marco Tremblay Animator
Olivier Turcotte Animator
Mark Ulano Sound/Sound Designer
Ed Vega Art Director
Mary Vernieu Casting
Turner Vickery Stunts
Villa Lobos Score Composer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Mary Stuart Welch Executive Producer
Cary White Production Designer
Yanick Wilisky Animator

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Spy Kids
0. Scene Selection
1. The Two Spies Who Fell In Love [:19]
2. Butterfingers [:47]
3. Floop's Fooglies [:47]
4. What's So Special About Being A Cortez? [:47]
5. Floop's Castle [7:43]
6. My parents are Spies [1:05]
7. The Super Guppy [1:17]
8. Underwater Wonder World [1:48]
9. Safehouse [3:41]
10. Dinner With Floop [3:32]
11. How To Be A Spy [4:04]
12. Miss Gradenko [2:54]
13. Buddy Pack Chase [2:13]
14. Floop's Song [4:25]
15. Spy Go Round [2:02]
16. Machete's Spy Shop [2:48]
17. Spy Plane [3:54]
18. Thumb Thumbs [2:48]
19. The Virtual Room [3:35]
20. Minion [:34]
21. Spies VS Spies [6:02]
22. The Mission Worth Fighting For [:00]
23. End Credits [4:07]


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Spy Kids 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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This movie was better than i thought it would be. I thought it was going to be pretty dumb, with these kids running around acting cool or something, but it is pretty good. It has 2 ''bathroom humor'' things but thats OK; the rest of the movie compensates for it. It even has a surprise appearance of George Clooney at the end as the director of the OSS. Recommended highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After a string of highly stylized, ultra-violent action films, Rodriguez scores with this surprisingly well-executed kids action adventure. Written and directed by Rodriguez, Spy Kids is wrapped in a vapid plot that merely serves as a vehicle for beautifully executed action sequences that shamelessly crosses into the realm of the absurd. The easily digested story speaks to a common fantasy among American children: the obsession over the banality of one's parents, and the hope that there is more depth and adventure to life (read Harry Potter). If you hated this movie, it is because you did not lobotomize yourself to suspend disbelief and merely accept this A+ family film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I took my 5 year old and her friend with me to see this, It not only held their attention the whole time it held mine. We laughed together and had a great time. What could be more important to a family outing. We have purchased it for 3 birthdays already and my daughter is getting it for christmas. The kids love the advanture heros being kids like they are and who doesn't love Antonio Banderas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a corny movie with dumb little kid actors that save there parents. This film totaly failed to reach out to me as a viewer it was the worst movie since godzilla 2000
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rented this for my kids, but my wife and I enjoyed it even more than they did. It's inventive and fun--think of Willie Wanka crossed with James Bond and you have something of the idea. This was a surprising blast.
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