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Parents' Guide to

Spy Kids

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Just the right combination of fantasy and comedy.

Movie PG 2001 88 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 8+

Creepy, depending on the kid.

Consider your kid carefully with this one. My ten year old, who is not a particularly fearful kid but has a very vivid imagination, was extremely disturbed by the mutant creatures in this (the idea of people being mutated in that way and used as kid show props while begging for help in distorted voices) to the point where he had a hard time going to bed afterwards. The almost-swearing didn't bother us, and I thought it was better than average in many other ways, despite a lot of corny cartoonish action and dialogue. The kids were enthralled by all the gadgetry, and the Incredibles-type family. Product placement is a Big Mac and fries early on (with golden arches briefly visible).

This title has:

Great messages
Too much consumerism
2 people found this helpful.
age 6+

I liked this movie as a kid but it’s painful to watch as an adult

I was about 11 or 12 when this movie came out and I remember that I liked it back then. It came on TV recently so I watched it for old times sake. It. Has. Not. Aged. Well. At. All. Very strange plot line involving a “toy craze” used to brain wash children. The acting isn’t good. The CGI is so dated that there are modern made for TV movies that look better. Kids might enjoy it but it’s not enjoyable for adults (or at least for me). It’s just another mindless childhood movie.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much consumerism
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18 ):
Kids say (67 ):

Imagine James Bond crossed with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and you might have an idea of what to expect in this, one of the best family movies of 2001. Spy Kids has just the right combination of giddy fantasy, exciting adventure, wonderful special effects, and sly comedy to be ideal for 7- to 12-year-olds and their families. It's also notable for featuring strong female characters and and characters and performers from the Latino culture.

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