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Spy Kids Spy Kids

Finally a film for the whole family that will actually entertain ages eight to 80.

The film opens with a parent telling a bedtime story.  Not all that common these days, but not unheard of.  The story is about two spies who fall in love and marry.  The twist is that the story is true and about the parents.

The story takes off on its wild ride as the, now retired, spies are suddenly called back into service to find missing comrades.  When the parents are kidnapped by the evil doers, the kids are pressed into saving them.  Now the real fun begins.

The villains are Minion (Tony Shalhoub) and Fegan Floop (Alan Cumming) who are trying to find an electronic brain developed by the father Gregorio Cortez (Antonio Banderas) to power a group of robo-kids that are to replace world leaders' children and take over the world.  Mom (Carla Gugino) is amazed that this secret had been kept from her, but truly loves her husband and joins in at every opportunity.

Minion "works" for Floop who has a popular children's television show and is using the show to cover the evil plot.  The setting for the show is actually Floop's castle and is magnificent.  The castle is guarded by mechanical thumbs that are just that...all thumbs and a wonderful visual effect.  Also at the castle are the missing spies that have been changed into fantastical creatures for the show.  This odd cast of characters is perfect, providing just enough menace and plenty of humor and visual stimulation.

The children, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara), find the truth out about their parents and rush to the rescue.  The brother-sister love-hate relationship is played perfectly here.  There are moments that will make you believe they are siblings.

Add into the film cars that turn into submarines, super fast planes, electroshock bubble gum and a multitude of other great special effects and gadgets and prepare for a wild ride.

Don't just drop off your kids for this one, join them; enjoy the fun and take this family film as an opportunity to spend time with them.  Enjoy a laugh or two or 10 and maybe even show that parents are not all sticks in the mud.

 
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