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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

An imaginatively joyous adventure.

Movie PG 2002 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 7+

Good, though not as tight as #1

MILD SPOILERS AHEAD Besides a few leaps of logic or coincidence (e.g., does technology work on the island or doesn't it?), the script for #2 is as clever, funny and exciting as the first one. However, we were lulled into a false sense of security about creepy, scary and spooky after the first film proved fine for our very sensitive 7-year-old. Still, he found the Thumb-Thumbs in #1 quite frightening, and this one goes to a higher level of creepy with skeletons that come alive, monsters of various lizardy and spidery stripes, and a bit more fisticuffs. Still, the filmmakers are careful to avoid truly shocking images or editing, so it's still OK for the young kids...just be aware they may want you in the room if they are very young or very sensitive to scariness.
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age 10+

Not suitable for young children

This should not be a U rating. Has the word S*** in it. Not suitable for young kids

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9):
Kids say (18):

Like the first Spy Kids, 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. However, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams is still a wonderful family movie.

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