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Cheating, cutting corners, lying, and hurting others don't pay off. Destruction begets destruction. What results in more positive outcomes are telling the truth, playing fair, and treating others respectfully. Kids can sometimes outsmart adults, especially in video games and other tech-savvy areas.
Positive Role Models
Despite her young age, Patty teaches her brother and parents a lesson in integrity by showing them that playing fair, being honest, and treating others kindly will always bring better results than lying, cheating, or unnecessary violence. Ray Kingston is an example of this -- he's only destructive because his father was destroyed unnecessarily. Tony prioritizes winning and playing video games over all else, at first. Kids outsmart their parents and sometimes lie to or disobey them. Patty and Tony work together as a team, as do their loving parents.
The main characters portray a loving, smart, and successful Latino family. Some Spanish words are thrown into dialogues, and one scene has the kids recite their very long names -- they have more than just the customary mother's and father's last names.
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Violence & Scariness
Kids are often participants in the violence and are sometimes victims, but bad guys are cartoonish characters from a video game world, and it's clear the starring family will come out fine in the end. Having said that, young children do find themselves in all kinds of potentially fatal situations, and kids and parents have to watch each other get hurt or be put in danger. This could prove intense for very young viewers. There are falls, sword fights, slaps, chases, crashes or near-crashes, apparent electrocutions, hackings, threatening creatures, and more.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple kisses regularly.
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"Jerk," "rascal," "scoundrel," "brat," "what the heck."
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Products & Purchases
The Spy Kids franchise, video games, Cadillac.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Spy Kids: Armageddon -- part of the kid-friendly Spy Kids franchise -- features some positive messages despite its action violence. These come mostly through Patty (Everly Carganilla), the daughter of the Latino family that's at the heart of the series. She gives her brother (Connor Esterson) and parents (Gina Rodriguez and Zachary Levi) a lesson in integrity by showing them that playing fair, being honest, and treating others kindly will always bring better results than lying, cheating, or opting for unnecessary violence -- and could even bring peace and harmony to the world. Violence is pretty constant, but while kids are often participants and sometimes victims, the villains are cartoonish characters from a video game world, and it's clear that the central family will be fine in the end. Still, young children do find themselves in all kinds of potentially fatal situations, and kids and parents have to watch one another get hurt or be put in danger. This could prove intense for very young or sensitive viewers. Expect falls, sword fights, slaps, chases, crashes or near-crashes, apparent electrocutions, hackings, threatening creatures, and more. Kids also outsmart their parents and sometimes lie to or disobey them. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There are a lot of young viewers who will probably get a kick out of this latest video-game-themed entry in the franchise where kids always rule. In Spy Kids: Armageddon, the tech-savvy kids outsmart all the adults -- their parents, spy agency chiefs, and even a game designer gone rogue. Parents may find the authority swap a tad uncomfortable, especially because the takeaway seems to be that your kids will only be successful in this world if you give them unfettered access to technology. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that original idea came from director Rodriguez's son Racer, who co-wrote the script with him.
Nonetheless, the cast here successfully picks up the mantel from the previous four films in the anthology: Carganilla (Yes Day) and Esterson are adorable and play well off each other, Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) brings a pleasant earthiness to all her roles, and Levi comes across as a likable cross between Ben Affleck and John Krasinski.
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