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Spy Kids (2001)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  30 March 2001 (USA)
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The children of secret-agent parents must save them from danger.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmen Cortez (as Alexa Vega)
Johnny Reno ...
Agent Johnny
FoOglie #1 / Flower


Gregorio and Ingrid are the two greatest secret agents the world has ever known: masters of disguise, mavens of invention, able to stop wars before they even start. Working for separate countries, they are sent to eliminate their most dangerous enemy...each other. But in an exotic corner of the world when they finally come face to face, they fall in love instead and embark on the most dangerous mission they have ever faced: raising a family. Now nine years later, after their retirement, having exchanged the adventure of espionage for parenthood, Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez are called back in to action. When their former colleagues, the world's most formidable spies, start disappearing one by one, the Cortez's are forced to take on techno-wizard Fegan Floop and his evil, egg-headed sidekick, Minion. But when the unthinkable happens and they too disappear, unfortunately there are only two people in the world who can rescue them...their kids. Written by Anthony Pereyra <>

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Real Spies... only smaller

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Rated PG for action sequences | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 March 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mini espías  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$26,546,881 (USA) (30 March 2001)


$112,692,062 (USA) (21 September 2001)

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Director Robert Rodriguez edited the movie in his "garage." His garage is really a state of the art editing studio that is in his home, but he calls it his garage. See more »


When Juni handcuffs his arm to a metal case, the handcuff switches back and forth from his right arm to his left arm. See more »


"Uncle" Felix Gumm: Hey churros! Last time I saw you, you were *this* big
[motions his hand above Juni's head]
"Uncle" Felix Gumm: You're shrinking."
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to Mum and Daddy-O See more »


Spy Kids (Save The World)
Written by David Newton, David Klotz and Emily Cook
Performed and Arranged by Fonda
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Daft and silly but it doesn't take itself seriously once and is surprisingly fun for adults and older children
9 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez are ex-spies who were at the top of their game until they met, married and decided to retire for their own mutual safety. Years later they have normal lives and have children who know nothing of any of this. When Gregorio learns of former colleagues vanishing, he looks into it, only for him and Ingrid to be captured by the evil Floop, whose children's television puppets are really mutants developed as part of building a private army for Lisp. With their parents gone and the alarm raised, Carmen and Juni learn the truth and are suddenly faced with having to rescue their parents.

You shouldn't come to this movie expecting it to be serious or logical because it really isn't. Instead it is silly, goofy and really very daft but still quite good fun for slightly older children and also for adults. The plot is pretty much summed up by the title insofar as you really need to know what is going on because it doesn't make much sense. The film is really about the kids becoming spies and playing with gadgets etc on their way to becoming heroes of a sort. It never takes itself too seriously and it draws humour from this approach well, making it easy to relax and watch because, yes it's silly, but at least it knows it is silly. The Floop creations are too silly to appeal to adults but will probably provide some laughs for kids but generally the film gets the tone right for both groups.

Rodriguez directs with his usual approach and I quite enjoyed the effect it had here because it does suit the silly, hyper material (which he also wrote). The effects are mainly good and it should work for most kids in the way that older boys like their gadgets and fantasy video games. The cast did it for me as well, featuring as it did a lot of people who've worked with Rodriguez before. Banderas and Gugino are both sexy and cool in the parental roles but it is Vega and Sabara who lead the film. Neither of them are typically "cute kids" and it helped me enjoy the film for them to be quite natural and buy into the material. Support is surprisingly classy and most of them work. I didn't like Cumming at all but that was more to do with his character; Shalhoub was OK, Hatcher was fun, Cheech pops up briefly, Patrick has a small role, Trejo is ever reliable and George Clooney puts in a small but amusing appearance.

Overall this is not a great film because it all nonsense but then, as a kids' film, it doesn't matter so much. The energy, pace and sense of fun covers up for the daft central plot and nobody seems to be taking it seriously. Surprisingly fun to watch, even for adults and worth a look.

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