Movie Review: Spy Kids – All the Time in the World

Movie Review: Spy Kids – All the Time in the World

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World


PG for mild action and rude humor.
Genre: Spy film, adventure
Running Time: 1 hour 29 minutes

A retired spy-turned-full time homemaker attempts to stop a power mad super villain from taking over the planet. In the midst of the mayhem, she also gets some unexpected help from her disagreeable twin step-children in this fourth Spy Kids franchise movie.

On the surface, Marissa Cortez Wilson has it all – married to a famous spy hunting television reporter, a new baby and intelligent twin step kids. But in reality, trying to mother Rebecca and Cecil, who clearly don’t want her around, is her toughest challenge yet. Making the situation even more interesting revolves around the fact that her husband, Wilbur, wouldn’t know a spy if he lived with one – which is exactly the case.

Marissa is a retired secret agent.

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It’s been a long time since former OSS Agent Marissa Cortez Wilson went chasing bad guys. But she finds herself back in the midst of spy-world action when she’s called back to active duty to chase down the Time-Keeper who’s come up with a plan for world domination. Rebecca and Cecil then decide to put their fighting and bickering behind them so they can help their step-mom. Of course along the way we discover their amazing gadgets and also see them not only saving the world – but also bringing their family together while they’re at it too.

This fourth movie in the Spy Kids franchise is pretty much an attempt to re-launch the popular series to a new audience of kids. Not only has it been seven years since the last Spy Kids movie, but that’s also a reference they make a few times throughout the flick too. Called back to action Marissa sends her kids to the OSS Headquarters where they’re given a tour of the now defunct Spy Kids division. The toys and gadgets are all there, but there are no kids in sight. Through the course of events Rebecca and Cecil find themselves being activated by the OSS to save the world themselves.

It’s worth mentioning that while this is a fun movie – as an adult – you must keep in mind this is not a movie aimed at you. It is aimed at the “kid-crowd” but that’s alright too. While adults are not the target audience, it’s not too over-the-top-kid-oriented that as a parent you won’t enjoy something while watching it with your kids. It’s not very often that a movie falls firmly into the category of family-friendly. But we are happy to report that Spy Kids: All the Time in the World does fall nicely into the family-friendly genre. Keep in mind this is not a G rated movie, but it is tame enough that a younger audience will enjoy it too.

When it comes to content – aside from the fun spy type stuff going on – there are great messages along the way too. The obvious message is one of spending time with your family and kids. Too often we think we will make up for lost time. Such is simply not the case. Once the time is gone, you cannot get it back. The second and more sublime message is one aimed at kids. In a world that tries to tell us gadgets are important, kids are reminded that we must learn to think and not depend on gadgets for everything.

One of the big things to give those involved with this re-launch of the franchise revolves around actor choice.

Jessica Alba is great as retired Spy-Mom while Joel McHale who plays her “Spy-Hunter” husband is rather lack-luster. But huge applause must go to the director of Spy Kids: All the Time in the World for pulling the original Carmen and Juni Cortez back into the fold. If you’re planning a re-launch that has the passing of time included in the story line it is of the utmost importance to pull the original actors back into the making of the movie.

Both Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara are back.

This time they find themselves teaching the new spy kids the tricks of the trade. Vega is stellar as she reprises her role as Carmen. But, Sabara, while it’s nice to see the original Juni on the big screen again, seems to be along for the ride more than anything else. It’s a good thing his character has just a small role in this movie.

When it comes to rating, as already mentioned, we are saying Spy Kids: All the Time in the World is family-friendly. Keep in mind, while this is aimed directly at the kid audience, it’s a great opportunity to spend some good time with your kids while watching a movie. It’s always nice to pick up a few good lessons along the way too.

Enjoy the Show!
Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.