Exploring the further adventures of Carmen and Juni Cortez, who have now joined the family spy business as Level 2 OSS agents. Their new mission is to save the world from a mad scientist living on a volcanic island populated by an imaginative menagerie of creatures. On this bizarre island, none of the Cortez's gadgets work and they must rely on their wits--and each other--to survive and save the day.Written by
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There are two 'Lord of the Rings" references in the movie. The first, when Juni picks up a necklace and says "One necklace to rule them all"; and the second, the outtake of the same clip during the credits where instead Juni says "My precious". See more »
When Carmen and Juni are near the Dragonfly windshield, parts of the green screen can be seen through their hair and fingers. See more »
The ending credits scroll while Carmen and Juni are somehow set to perform before a crowd of teenagers. Carmen is nervous but their Uncle 'Machete' gives them gadgets so they can perform well in front of the crowd. Then the bloopers and goofing around sequences come in, followed by a sequence where the amusement park owner (Bill Paxton) tries to talk Romero (Steve Buscemi) into establishing a theme park on the island. Finally, the Treehouse is shown getting ready for visitors. See more »
In the UK, a headbutt is removed to avoid a "12" rating. This takes out 8 seconds of footage. See more »
Not as enjoyable as the first film due to the overuse of silly effects and the underuse of the cast but it is still quite fun
After becoming the first kid agents, Carmen and Juni are now just part of a much bigger OSS Juniors agency and are not the toast of the town anymore. When a secret device is stolen from under their noses, Juni and Carmen are suspended from the OSS and their main rivals sent on a mission to a mysterious island to recover their loss. However Carmen and Juni learn the details of the mission and gazump Gary and Gerti Giggles by hacking the computer system. They head to the island but can they redeem themselves or will they only make it worse? Although the film has lost the novelty value of Carmen and Juni's adventure into a new world and this film has made everything bigger and more exaggerated (if indeed that was even possible). This is a bit of a problem in terms of the story and the spectacle of the film but it more or less holds it together by having the same sense of fun just about holding it together. The story is just as silly as the first film but the effects are bigger (but not better) and in a way this takes away a little from the fun the spectacle is not good enough to carry the film but at times that exactly what it feels like it is trying to do. It still has a good dose of humour and is certainly not boring for adults but it must be said that I did not find it as enjoyable as the first film.
The overuse of average effects is one problem that I didn't expect with Rodriguez but there it was. Other than that the film is well directed with the silly tone of the film in mind and still moves along well enough. The cast are not as much of a help as they were in the first film. Vega and Sabara are both still good and avoid all the traps of the "cute kids" in films. Banderas and Gugino are less well used this time although they do share some amusing scenes with Montalban and Taylor. Cheech, Trejo, Buscemi and Cumming all show up but don't add that much although I laughed out loud at McDonald's "doomed" line early on in the film.
Overall a colourful and noisy film that will please slightly older kids but is not as much fun as the original Spy Kids. The humour is still there and it doesn't take itself too seriously but the refreshingly different sense of amusement in the first film is not quite the same, while all the problems are just repeated again but louder. Still distracting though.
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