Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

Common Sense Media says

An imaginatively joyous adventure.
  • Review Date: May 20, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 100 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive role models

Strong, smart, brave female and Latino characters.

Violence & scariness

Peril and action-style violence, no one hurt.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable

Mild language with one almost-four-letter word.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's some brief gross-out humor (most kids will love it) and some tense peril (no one gets hurt). Everything that appears very scary at first turns out to be friendly and cooperative. As in the first film, the movie is outstanding in showing women and Latinos in key roles.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara) are back in SPY KIDS 2, and they're now full-time operatives of the spy organization OSS and its new kids unit. After a close call involving the President's young daughter and their top competition, the Giggles siblings, Gertie (Emily Osment) and Gary (Matt O'Leary), Carmen and Juni get the chance to prove themselves and save the day once again. At a big party, the Giggles kids' father is mysteriously appointed director of the OSS, all of the adults are knocked out by drugged champagne, and the all-important Transmooker device is stolen. The Giggles kids are assigned to get it back, but the Cortez kids substitute themselves and are off to a mysterious island. On the island, they have to keep ahead of all kinds of strange creatures and the Giggles. A mad scientist (Steve Bucscemi) has been using the island for genetic experiments, and he has stolen the Transmooker. The Transmooker turns off anything that works with electricity, so the kids have to solve most of their problems with the two things that do work -- their brains and the last gift from their gadget-master uncle Machete, a rubber band. He tells them that it has "999 uses, and you have to figure out which one to use."

Is it any good?


Hurray for Spy Kids 2, an imaginatively joyous adventure. Like the first one, this is fresh, funny, exciting, and brilliantly inventive. The OSS party scene is simply marvelous, as a cordon of Secret Service agents move from side to side in perfect formation to allow the President's daughter to have enough space for her ballet dance.

It was sheer inspiration to bring in another generation of spies, with the magnificent Ricardo Montalban and Holland Taylor as Ingrid Cortez's parents, far more terrifying for Gregorio than the most powerful of bad guys. The story sags slightly toward the middle, and the part with Cheech Marin (who has appeared in all of the movies made by screenwriter/director Robert Rodriguez) seems awkward and unfinished, as though some scenes are missing. It is still a wonderful family movie. I just hope they make another one every year.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the President's daughter's feelings about not getting enoough attention from her father. What do you think about Juni's advice to her? What do you think will happen? We see three different families in the movie. How are they different? How do you think Gary's view that "a good spy makes no binding connections wth family or friends" makes him feel as a son? As a spy? If that is your rule, how do you know who to trust and how do you know what is right? How have Carmen and Juni changed since the first movie? Why was it hard for Ingrid's parents to accept Gregorio? What should he do about that? How do both Carmen and Juni and their parents show their need to be independent?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 7, 2002
DVD release date:February 18, 2003
Cast:Alexa Vega, Antonio Banderas, Daryl Sabara
Director:Robert Rodriguez
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Book characters
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:action and mild language

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Teen, 16 years old Written byChineseshelleygirl18 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

This movie was full of adventure and action. It was funny and great!

I think this movie was intresting and funny. It was great and had a lot of action in it. Well not that much but it was great. i loved it. it was about these kids that know about a lot of ideas of how to plan a great plan they had. i liked everything in it. There wasn't anything i didn't like. it was good, funny and not scary. i enjoyed everything they showed. i didn't hate anything.
Teen, 15 years old Written byWhiteBoogeySense April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


This movie features two kids who are trying to be cool with their "spy flick" (crap!) Terrible movie. This involves a freak scientist who unleashes monsters onto the island. Furthermore, a bunch of adults are trying to take over, but lose to 2 kids. Dumb, and they are tring to make this movie "cool". Don't waste your $$.
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 June 15, 2010

Great sequel to a family movie!

This is a good sequel. Usually the sequel isn't as good but in this case I found it better! Good messages about family. Carmon and Gerti (Emily Osment's character) are strong female characters (Gerti is kind of annoying at first, but she gets cooler later one :D), and Juni and Carmon have good chemistry between each other. Like the first it's a family movie. Violence: Mutated creatures attack some of the characters, and they may scare young kids. Some hand-on-hand combat between spies. Sex: Carmen has an obvious crush on Gary, and there are implications of Juni liking both the President's daughter and Gerti. Language: Carmen uses a replacement for the "S" word.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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