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Spy Kids Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Andy Seiler

    By emphasizing surreal humor and fast-paced action instead, Rodriguez has crafted a prepubescent version of James Bond without aping that series' style.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's Alan Cumming who takes over the movie as the impish mastermind Fegan Floop.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Just the right combination of fantasy and comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this action-packed adventure includes a little bit of potty humor (which most kids will find hilarious) and one almost-swear word. Younger children might be scared by the mutant creatures, but most will find them more silly than frightening. Characters are frequently in peril (though it's usually played for laughs), and there's a certain amount of head-bonking violence. But no one even gets a scratch, except for one villain, whose encounter with flames leaves her having a very bad hair day.

  • Families can talk about the movie's conclusion that spy work is easy compared to keeping a family together. What does it take to keep a family together and functioning well so that everyone's happy?
  • How does the violence in this movie compare to what you've seen in other movies? How does the fantasy element affect its impact?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: Not an issue

  • message true4

    Messages: The movie strongly emphasizes the importance of family and teamwork. Villains get their due, and it's clear who the good and bad guys are. Some potty humor.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: The kids have relatable issues and are brave and resourceful. Strong female characters and a diverse cast.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: A good bit of peril and fantasy/cartoonish action violence, though it's often played for laughs. Fights and chases, plus falls, crashes, and explosions. Mutant creatures could be scary to some little kids.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false1

    Language: One brief almost-use of "s--t" (but it's turned into a different word). Also "oh my God."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults are briefly seen drinking wine.