LITTLE SPIES. BIG ATTITUDES.
Carmen and Juni (Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara), now fully trained agents, face competition from two other spy kids as well as their father who is secretly plotting to steal the Transmooker, a powerful device. Families flocked to the first one, and they liked the sequel too. Robert Rodriguez has a huge sense of imagination, but the movie is jammed with visual effects to the point where it’s starting to look a bit plastic; a boring story doesn’t help. Still, the kids are clearly having fun and they’re ably assisted by Holland Taylor and Ricardo Montalban as fully committed grandparents.
2002-U.S. 99 min. Color. Photographed, edited, written, directed and production designed by Robert Rodriguez. Cast: Antonio Banderas (Gregorio Cortez), Carla Gugino (Ingrid Cortez), Alexa Vega (Carmen Cortiz), Daryl Sabara (Juni Cortez), Emily Osment, Matt O’Leary… Ricardo Montalban, Cheech Marin, Steve Buscemi, Alan Cumming, Bill Paxton, Tony Shalhoub. Cameo: Ray Harryhausen.
Trivia: Followed by Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003).