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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
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Starring: Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Steve Buscemi, Mike Judge, Ricardo Montalban
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: Dimension Films
Kiddie Movie: It's pretty good for the whole family.  There's some scary stuff, but nothing to really give them nightmares.
Date Movie: She might think it's cute, or you're a wus for liking it.
Gratuitous Sex: Mom is hot, but nothing sexual except some winks between the kids.
Gratuitous Violence: Nothing worse than a cartoon.
Action: Lots of people chase things.
Laughs: Lots of cute moments.
Memorable Scene: The strange creatures are great.
Memorable Quote: I had to take a double-listen as Carmen said "You're full of shitake mushrooms."
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez
Produced By: Elizabeth Avellan, Robert Rodriguez

Spy Kids 2:
The Island of Lost Dreams

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG

It's 1:39 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Usually I listen to my accountant, especially when it comes to my money, but when he told me "Sky Kids" was a cute movie, that I just might like it, and that his kids loved it, well, I simply dismissed it as "There arenít many movies out there to take the kids to, so if the kids like it the parents will, too, because they have to like it." Low and behold, the movie came and went from the gigaplex, made it to video, made it to pay-per-view, and then one evening, with nothing else to watch, I watched "Spy Kids" on cable and Iíll be damned, the penny-pincher was right Ė "Spy Kids" was a cute movie, even for adults. Suddenly I was looking forward to the sequel, "Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams."

Reprising all of their roles are Gregorio the dad (Antonio Banderas), Ingrid the mom (Carla Gugino), Carmen the daughter (Alexa Vega) and Juni the son (Daryl Sabara). As members of the Spy Kid division of the OSS, Carmen and Juni rival with Gary and Gerti Giggles (Matt OíLeary and Emily Osment) to be the top-notch spy kids. Dad, meanwhile, is up for promotion to be director of the OSS, but strange things are afoot as Dad Giggles (Mike Judge) ends up with the promotion, and the small version of the Transmooker device gets stolen. Juni gets blamed for the mishap, and even though Gary and Gerti are selected to investigate a strange area at sea where agents keep disappearing, Carmen has different ideas. Thanks to Carmen and Juni, Gary and Gerti are now off to the desert and our heroes find themselves on a mysterious island, with mysterious creatures, and a mysterious scientist called Romero (played perfectly by Steve Buscemi) who created the animals (theyíre kinda creepy, but kinda cute, so I wonít ruin their descriptions). Itís now up to our heroes to save the day, for their parents to help out a bit, and even get a little assistance from Grandma and Grandpa (Holland Taylor and Ricardo Montalban).

Now as much as I enjoyed the movie, this movie is really all about the kids. Three self-confident kids and one kinda goofball, lots of cool gadgets that the kids never need explaining how to work, and a wacked-out story that kids can dream up and live in their heads. Thereís also the underlying story of how families that stick together somehow get the job done, and you also have some kiddie love stories, even a funny Juni who is at that age where one girl can be cute and another repulsive.

So I think Iíll just start to wrap up this review by simply saying if you liked the first "Spy Kids," youíll probably enjoy the sequel just as much. Sure the story is far-fetched, but Iíll bet in the back of your head you had a dream of how you saved the day, and that story was just as wacky. The kids really steal the show in the acting category, although the ribbing back and forth between mom, dad, grandma and grandpa are great as well. Let yourself get lost in fantasy and youíll like the movie, go for realistic spying and you really wonít get this movie at all. I give it 4 stars out of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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