Set in an era where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young William Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.
Having recovered from wounds received in a failed rescue operation, Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father -- a government scientist whose top-secret experiment remains in the kids' house.
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
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The book Carmen reads on how to be a spy appears to actually be a copy of the "Pocket Ref" as seen by its size and the black tabs on the pages. At one point you can see a small table, which are the total contents of the book. The Pocket Ref later gained fame as the "go to" book in The Mythbusters. See more »
Reflected in the mini spy plane beside Carmen is a man holding a white screen. See more »
[sees Ms. Gradenko's hair; half of it is burned off due to a previous encounter she had with Carmen and Juni]
Ms. Gradenko... I think.
Oh, it's me all right. I owe my new look to your children.
Remind me to raise that allowance.
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A longer version of the film, titled "Spy Kids: Special Edition" was re-issued in US theaters on August 8, 2001. It contained a new scene involving a cave full of sleeping sharks. The scene was always intended to be in the movie, but the original budget did not allow for the special effects needed. After the movie was a hit, Rodriguez was able to complete the scene. This scene was not included in the DVD release of the film, which featured the original theatrical version. However, this scene is available on the Blu-ray. See more »
We first saw this movie in the theater as a WHOLE family (probably about 13 at the time) for my then 13-year-old sister's birthday. We were ALL pleasantly surprised by what could easily have been a REALLY stupid movie, but what ended up being a truly entertaining, family-friendly film. A fun story, extremely interesting and entertaining characters and an uplifting message all add up to a successful film in Spy Kids.
The family is the fundamental unit of society and such is made particularly evident in this film. When Carmen and Juni are forced into the spy world to save their parents, Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez (played by the almost comical Antonio Banderas and the stunning Carla Gugino), they strengthen their relationship not only with them but, more interestingly, with each other. The appeal of Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara's characters is that they're so realistic--they act (and fight) like real sister and brother. In the end, though, it's their differences and their ability to see past them that leads them to victory.
Cameos by George Clooney, Cheech Marin and Teri Hatcher, as well as Tony Shalhoub as Minion and Alan Cumming as Floop add an definite element of the bizarre and the eccentric, but undeniable fun to the film, not to mention selected music by Danny Elfman. Sure, the kids aren't seasoned actors, and sure, the story isn't the MOST complicated plot in recent film history, but the message was enough to make it a keeper for us. Robert Rodriguez has really done something amazing (writing, directing, composing, etc.), and has created a film that will stand as a sadly underappreciated gem.
A great start to what is undeniably a memorable series of films.
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