Take a little James Bond, a little of The Matrix, and even some of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, and you get Spy Kids, from writer-director Robert Rodriguez.
He also edited the film as well. It was his labor of love.
Best known for his indie hit, El Mariachi, and it's revisited version, Desperado, as well as The Faculty and From Dusk To Dawn, Rodriguez usually brings us dark, violent flicks.
Spy Kids is his chance at making a film that his kids could see!
Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino play a husband wife spy team that fall victim to a very strange guy named Floop, and his evil minion, appropriately called, well, Minion.
Banderas and Gugino are fine, albeit a little mismatched. As the eccentric Floop, Alan Cumming does a great job. He can be both boyish and threatening very effectively.
Minion is played by a great character actor, Tony Shalhoub, who was the guy who lost, then grew back his head in Men In Black.
Playing the spy couple's Spy Kids are two talented children, Daryl Sabala and Alexa Vega. These kids have a great chemistry, and a very good screen presence. It's really no wonder that the wheels are in motion to begin a sequel, before puberty kicks in and ruins their chemistry, with, um, chemistry.
There's a lot of really far fetched stuff in Spy Kids. After all, it is a kids' movie, but I'm willing to bet that you'll be willing to suspend your disbelief.
Oh, and there's a great cameo in the flick, which I won't reveal although I fear it really isn't a very well kept secret…