Spy Kids 4 - All the Time in the World
Release Date: August 19, 2011
Genre: Spy Comedy
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Dimension Films/Weinstein Company
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Writer: Robert Rodriguez
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The story opens with Jessica Alba as Marissa Wilson, the younger aunt of the spy kids, Carmen and Juni Cortez, who are all grown up now. Marissa is pregnant but she’s carrying out one last mission as a spy – catching Tick Tock, a villain who’s stolen the key to the Armageddon device, which can steal time. Despite her condition, Marissa is able to capture Tick Tock and put him behind bars. Since she’s retiring, Marissa has not told her new husband, Wilbur, a widower with two young twin children, that she was a spy.
One year later, Marissa is coping with their new baby and the fact that her stepdaughter, Rebecca, resents her and is always treating her terribly. Meanwhile, Wilbur, the father, is busy with his new reality show as a spy-hunting television reporter. He still doesn’t know his wife used to be a spy herself.
Marissa is suddenly called back into action when another villain, called the Timekeeper, steals the Armageddon Device and is working with Tick Tock, who’s escaped from jail. She doesn’t realize, however, that the Timekeeper is after a scarlet medallion and necklace Marissa gave Rebecca, which can stop the Armageddon Device from stealing time from the whole world.
Rebecca and her twin brother, Cecil, are forced to put aside their bickering and work together to help their mom. They get help from their aunt, Carmen, who wants to revive the Spy Kids Division. Everything leads to a clever ending that teaches parents and children to appreciate the time they have to spend with one another.
SPY KIDS 4 is fantastic fun. It brings back the now grown-up Spy Kids from the first three movies, played by Alexa Vega and Darryl Sabara. Meanwhile, it introduces a whole new set of characters to entertain viewers. Perhaps the funniest is Ricky Gervais, who plays the voice of the new mother’s dog, who’s really a robot. Rounding out the cast are Jessica Alba and Joel McHale as the new parents, Rowan Blanchard and Mason Cook as the new Spy Kids, Rebecca and Cecil, and versatile Jeremy Piven, who transforms himself to play both the Timekeeper and Tick Tock.
Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, the creator of the SPY KIDS franchise, reinvents his series by adding some new gags and gadgets. He also creates a clever plot twist in the third act that adds some deeper layers to the movie’s theme of spending more time with your family.
SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD is well worth seeing with your family, even if they have seen all the other SPY KIDS movies.
SPY KIDS 4 is fantastic fun. Robert Rodriguez, the creator of the SPY KIDS franchise, reinvents his series by adding new gags and new gadgets. He also creates a clever plot twist in the third act that adds some deeper layers to the movie’s theme of spending more time with your family. SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD is well worth seeing, even if you and your family have seen all the other SPY KIDS movies.