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Spy Kids
Review by Ross Anthony

After a slightly talky first 15 minutes, the film becomes highly visual, a sort of "What Dreams May Come"/Bond Junior.

Two kids find out that their parents are international spies. But only after mom and dad are snatched by a Pee-Wee Herman type kid's show host (Why not cast Paul Reubens?).

This is exactly the kind of fun action film I would have loved when I was a kid; and as an adult - it's still pretty fun. Full of gadgetry, Tim-Burtony imagery, flying, underwater vessels and cute one-liners.

"Being good" is emphasized as well as the worth and power of kids! Good action, but I can remember not a single gun shot, nor any blood.

I spoke with a couple of kids and parents after the showing ... they all seemed to have enjoyed it a great deal. "They were enthralled," their mom said.

  • Spy Kids. Copyright © 2001. Rated PG.
  • Starring Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Alan Cumming, Tony Shalhoub, Teri Hatcher, Cheech Marin, Robert Patrick.
  • Directed and edited by Robert Rodriguez.
  • Written by Robert Rodriguez.
  • Produced by Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellan At Miramax/Troublemaker.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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