Spy Kids Parent Guide
Gibbering TV characters that resemble Teletubbies gone bad are too scary for most preschool viewers, but the gobs of cool spy stuff will leave the older child yearning for secret agent paraphernalia.
Parent Movie Review
Every parent has secrets from their children (like where they’ve hidden the Easter candy), but Gregorio (Antonio Bandera) and Ingrid Cortez (Carla Gugino) have a big one: They are former top international spies. After marriage and the arrival of their children, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara), the couple changed their lifestyle by turning in their guns and disguises for high tech computers and desk jobs.
However, when their secret agent pals begin disappearing, the retired twosome are sent to check out a highly suspicious character, Fegan Floop (Alan Cumming), the eccentric host of a children’s television program. Within minutes of embarking on their mission, they are kidnapped and taken to Floop’s rock island castle where the oddball captor and his Minion (Tony Shalhoub) demand an old invention of Gregorio’s. Discovering their parents’ predicament, Carmen and Juni suit up to save the day as Spy Kids.
Although I dislike many of the recent movies where children are left to avert a world crisis with only minimal intervention from incompetent adults, this delicious fantasy is more palatable for several reasons. The Cortez parents are involved with their kids. They still tell bedtime stories, attend parent-teacher interviews and worry about leaving their youngsters even in the hands of a capable adult. While Carmen and Juni bicker, tease and grumble like most minors, over time a healthy respect for one another develops. They tackle bad guys without swaggering attitudes or smart mouth remarks (although there is plenty of slapstick style violence included), and old feuds are examined as the value of marriage and family are highly endorsed.
Billed as family fare, the inclusion of mutated, gibbering TV characters that resemble Teletubbies gone bad and other fantastical Floop creations are too scary for most preschool viewers, but the gobs of cool spy stuff like instant set cement and electroshock bubblegum will leave the older child yearning for their own secret agent paraphernalia. Hearty sprinklings of jokes even parents will enjoy are also appreciated in this action-packed movie about saving the family.Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Starring Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara. Running time: 88 minutes. Theatrical release March 30, 2001. Updated July 12, 2016
Rating & Content Info
Why is Spy Kids rated PG? Spy Kids is rated PG by the MPAA for action sequences.
Open communication, cooperation and family loyalty are values portrayed in this fantasy story about two kids who save their parents from evil villains.
Man thrown through window, boy falls from playground equipment, man fighting with children, men kick in windows, fight between man and villains, children chased on boat, fishing boat destroyed, boy falls overboard, boats hit stone wall and explode (explosion heard not seen), men attack house, man hit with suitcase, head hit on table, woman’s hair catches on fire, boy gets dropped from sky, robot children attack real children, boy spun on playground equipment, men chained together and locked in jail cells, child hit on head by robot, plane crashes into mountain and rocks, men strapped to bed and changed to cartoon figures, adults tied and chained to chairs, child falls through floor, man falls through window, numerous fighting scenes between robots and people.
Sexual Content: A-
Hugging and kissing between married couple, family hugging, two low cut and tight-fitting outfits.
Plentiful use of name-calling.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A
Page last updated July 12, 2016
Spy Kids Parents' Guide
Gregorio and Ingrid aren’t the only ones with secrets in this movie. What are Carmen and Juni’s secrets? How does keeping secrets from one another hurt their family? How does sharing their secrets bring their family closer together?
Carmen says, “Keeping a family together is difficult and that’s a mission worth fighting for.” What do you think are some of the challenges families face, and how can they be solved?
The most recent home video release of Spy Kids movie is August 2, 2011. Here are some details…
Spy Kids releases to Blu-ray on August 2, 2011, with the following extras:
- 10 Minute Film School
- Deleted scenes
- Digital copy