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Spy Kids 4-D: All the Time in the World (2011)

Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World (original title)
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A retired spy is called back into action, and to bond with her new step-children, she invites them along for the adventure to stop the evil Timekeeper from taking over the world.

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Robert Rodriguez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Alba ... Marissa Wilson
Joel McHale ... Wilbur Wilson
Rowan Blanchard ... Rebecca Wilson
Mason Cook ... Cecil Wilson
Jeremy Piven ... Danger D'Amo / Tick Tock / Time Keeper
Alexa PenaVega ... Carmen Cortez (as Alexa Vega)
Daryl Sabara ... Juni Cortez
Danny Trejo ... Uncle Machete
Belle Solorzano Belle Solorzano ... Spy Baby
Genny Solorzano Genny Solorzano ... Spy Baby
Ricky Gervais ... Argonaut (voice)
Elmo Elmo ... Argonaut
Jett Good Jett Good ... Young Danger
Chuck Cureau ... News Anchor
Albert Im Albert Im ... Head Scientist
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Storyline

A retired spy is called back into action, and to bond with her new step-children, she invites them along for the adventure to stop the evil Timekeeper from taking over the world.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Saving the world is their idea of family time


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild action and rude humor. | See all certifications »

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Trivia

At $27 million, this Spy Kids movie cost the least to make. Every other movie in the series each cost between $35 million and $38 million to make. See more »

Goofs

When the fireplace resets itself after the kids enter the panic room there are some decorative items inside it. Shortly afterwards when The Time Keeper's henchmen break into the house the fireplace is empty. See more »

Quotes

Tick Tock: You think you've stopped me? You've stopped nothing! We're just gonna keep doing this over and over and over again, until I get what I want! Because this time, time is on my side.
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Crazy Credits

Besides from the Dimension Films and Troublemaker Studios logos, there are no opening credits for this feature film, other than the title. See more »


Soundtracks

Cortez Family
from Spy Kids (2001)
Written and Performed by Harry Gregson-Williams, Gavin Greenaway & Heitor Pereira
Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures
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A unimaginative, pointless, cheap family film
20 August 2011 | by freemantle_ukSee all my reviews

Hopes were not high coming into Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. It is the fourth film in a franchise suffering from diminishing returns, plus it was using the stupid idea of smell-o-vision. And this family film does not disappoint.

Marissa Wilson (Jessica Alba) is a top OSS spy who retires after capturing a super villain, Tik Tok, and starts a family with her husband Wilbur (Joel McHale) and stepchildren Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook). A year later a new villain has emerged, the Time Keeper, who speeds up time using the Armageddon Device to punish humanity for wasting time. Marissa is called back by the OSS director, Danger D'Amo (Jeremy Piven), to recapture Tik Tok which should lead them to the Time Keeper. But the Time Keeper sets out to kidnap Rebecca and Cecil because Rebecca has the only thing that could stop the Armageddon Device.

There are many problems with Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. It's a cheap and unimaginative film where you could easily predict how they would play out. We have seen these story elements so many times before: the dad is a workaholic; there is animosity between step-mum and step-daughter as the step-mum tries to get closer to the children; the revelation of a lie, and so many others. The humour is crude, mostly poo, fart and vomit gags, basically the lowest common denominator which most children will easily outgrow. The other major route of humour is the barrage of puns: time puns, dog puns and smell puns – we're not stupid! The action is rudimentary; it is easy to expect much better from Robert Rodriguez who just uses poor CGI and quick cuts. And if you can't guess who the Time Keeper really is then you haven't seen enough movies. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World feels like it is a movie that is only made for a quick buck, not for any love of the material or the need to tell a good story.

A movie aimed at children should be able to enliven their imaginations: Spy Kids: All the Time in the World is not going to do that. The artificial CGI scenes just look too fake for children to accept and buy into the action and the basic predictable plot will mean that children will not love it. Adults and parents will feel nothing but suffering when watching this movie. This is just a mindless movie with no imagination, which is ironic considering it makes a point that children make better spies because they have more imagination. Children are smart; they ask questions, see plot holes and come up with ideas involving sci-fi concepts. The best family and children's movies are clever, well-plotted affairs and often have good ideas behind them. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World does not share those traits. Plus this movie carries on the awful trend of spies with babies not working.

Most of the acting is sub-par. The child leads are bland and not natural actors; it's your typical weak-child acting, and they are no Chloe Mortez or Kodi Smit-McPhee. McHale was truly unconvincing as the father and again a typical bad performance in a bad family movie. Alba was a punch bag for gags to be bounded off on. Ricky Gervais seemed to be having fun, but I'm sure that's because he got a paycheck for saying bad lines in a recording studio. Piven is much the same, having fun and just being over the top.

As movie fans we expect better from Rodriguez, who's done great movies like Sin City, From Dusk to Dawn and the "Mexico" Trilogy. Let's hope he is doing this movie so we can finally get Sin City 2.

And I am sure you are asking the big question – what was the Scratch-and-Sniff card like? It was just a bunch of sickly sweet smells and simply just a gimmick. But you already knew that.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spy Kids 4: Armageddon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,644,672, 21 August 2011

Gross USA:

$38,538,188

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,564,310
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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