Spy Kids

Watch Your Back, 007

Main Cast: Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara

Director: Robert Rodriguez

A wonderfully whimsical action adventure aimed primarily at children, adults can have a darn good time watching it too. I certainly did.

Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez (Banderas and Gugino) seem to be normal, loving parents of their two children, Carmen and Juni (Vega and Sabara). However, they hold a secret: they are top international spies and, as the story unfolds, are called away on a mission. They are captured by one Fegan Floop (Alan Cumming), whose TV show is ironically beloved by Juni. The kids learn about this from their uncle Felix (nicely played by Cheech Marin), who turns out to be an agent himself and not really their uncle. He sends the kids off to hide, but naturally they find out where their parents are being held and sneak in to rescue them. It would be churlish of me to tell you of the surprises that await them inside that complex, so I’ll leave it for you to see.

This is a fun, harmless romp. The action is lively and bloodless, the neat gadgets and other toys are distinctly colorful and, well, “toy-ish”, and everything does come to a satisfying end. Please see this movie, and be comforted. There is nothing here offensive for children to see, a rarity in this day and age. Even if you don’t have kids, you’ll enjoy it. Trust me.

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