Spy Kids: All the Time In The World


Rodriguez kicks up a stink

Spy Kids 4 review

With Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003), Robert Rodriguez showed Hollywood that 3-D was bankable. But even the most cash-hungry studio exec will probably turn their nose up at his latest gimmick.  

Not since John Waters’ Polyester (1981) has a film come with scratch’n’sniff cards; though, disappointingly, all eight odours here (from sweets to baby puke) smell like bubblegum.  

Meanwhile, SK4 reboots the franchise for a new generation, with two brand-new mini-spies – Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook).

Unbeknown to them, their stepmum Marissa (Jessica Alba) is a secret agent at the Organisation of Super Spies (OSS), run by the suave Danger D’amo (Jeremy Piven).  

Oh, and she’s aunt to the original Spy Kids. With us? Good. Because the evil Timekeeper is out to speed up time. Shit-ake mushrooms, as the kids might say.  

Assembled with the usual hair-brained energy, Rodriguez makes one formula change – pruning back the bundles of gadgets in favour of Argonaut, a talking robotic dog.  

Were he not tiresomely voiced by Ricky Gervais “with an English accent, like James Bond”, it might’ve worked better. Fortunately, the day-glo FX and cheap’n’cheerful plot see us through.


A passable shake-up, even if its ‘Aroma-scope’ experiment stinks. Like Ricky Gervais, the Spy Kids franchise could drone on – sorry, go on – forever.

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    • writerdave87

      Aug 21st 2011, 2:11

      Good for you.

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    • FutureCritic2

      Aug 21st 2011, 22:35

      Looks like a really bad film, like most family films recently.

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    • buggalugga

      Aug 24th 2011, 15:09

      @dalidab1982 - you are obviously a complete psycho mate.

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    • writerdave87

      Aug 25th 2011, 9:45

      Dalidab can you stop saying 'only worst'? It's 'only bad', or 'worst'. You've already butchered, hacked up and p****d all over the ashes of good film taste, kindly leave the English language alone.

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    • trist808

      Aug 30th 2011, 3:49

      I found the first three Spy Kids films to be enjoyable if somewhat infantile slices of hokum, aimed obviously at the younger end of the cinema-going spectrum as they were never intended for adults. Rodriguez always said he wanted to make a series of films purely for his own kids to enjoy. That's part of the reason why the first three were all made and released one year after the other, he didn't want his kids to outgrow the series. Although it's clear that his kids' interests went very quickly from being Junior Bond wannabees to computer game nerds. I have to say though, this was tough to sit through, the 8 year gap was too much and obviously Rodriguez's kids are pretty much grown up now, so his target audience is no longer available for him to be inspired by. This somehow lacked the invention and fun of the original trilogy and unfortunately sits alongside SharkBoy as something for Rodders (and the rest of us) to forget. I hope with Sin City 2 now most likely his next project, that he can put this franchise to bed and focus on making better films ... Jeremy Piven has my deepest condolences, as his agent must be face down in an L.A. river by now with a double-tap to the back of his head ... oh and the scratch cards? Bad, bad, BAD idea!

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