Spy Kids

March 30th, 2001


Spy Kids

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The children of secret-agent parents must save them from danger.

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 5.6/10 (36,596 voted)

Critic's Score: 71/100

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Stars: Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas

Gregorio and Ingrid are the two greatest secret agents the world has ever known: masters of disguise, mavens of invention, able to stop wars before they even start. Working for separate countries, they are sent to eliminate their most dangerous enemy...each other. But in an exotic corner of the world when they finally come face to face, they fall in love instead and embark on the most dangerous mission they have ever faced: raising a family. Now nine years later, after their retirement, having exchanged the adventure of espionage for parenthood, Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez are called back in to action. When their former colleagues, the world's most formidable spies, start disappearing one by one, the Cortez's are forced to take on techno-wizard Fegan Floop and his evil, egg-headed sidekick, Minion. But when the unthinkable happens and they too disappear, unfortunately there are only two people in the world who can rescue them...their kids.

Antonio Banderas - Gregorio Cortez
Carla Gugino - Ingrid Cortez
Alexa Vega - Carmen Cortez
Daryl Sabara - Juni Cortez
Alan Cumming - Fegan Floop
Tony Shalhoub - Alexander Minion
Teri Hatcher - Ms. Gradenko
Cheech Marin - Felix Gumm
Robert Patrick - Mr. Lisp
Danny Trejo - Machete
Mike Judge - Donnagon / Donnamight
Richard Linklater - Cool Spy
Guillermo Navarro - Pastor
Johnny Reno - Agent Johnny
Shannon Shea - FoOglie #1 / Flower

Taglines: Real Spies... only smaller


Official Website: Bac Films [France] (French) | Miramax [United States] |

Release Date: 30 March 2001

Filming Locations: Atacama Desert, Chile

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $26,546,881 (USA) (1 April 2001) (3104 Screens)

Gross: $112,692,062 (USA) (23 September 2001)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Director Robert Rodriguez edited the movie in his garage. His garage is actually a state of the art editing studio that is in his home, but he calls it his garage.

Revealing mistakes: Ms. Gradenko's bald cap is often disappointingly apparent after she has portions of her hair burned off.

Juni Cortez: You mean you're our real uncle? Because we've already got a fake uncle.

User Review

A Boost For The 'Family Unit'

Rating: 8/10

This was a silly kids' adventure story but still fun the younger ones and for adults, thanks to colorful scenes, great special effects, decent humor and a nice family tone to it. The kids are alright, except the girl is a little bossy, and the villains aren't too nasty. This also looks very good on DVD.

Included in the color and characters are "the thumb people" who were especially fun to watch.

The only problem I found with it is the last 30 minutes in which it got too silly and emphasized (typical Hollywood) how the kids can do the job better than the adults, which a ludicrous film cliché. However, overall "family unity" gets a big boost in this here, even in the end, and that good message is probably a big reason this movie was such a success.


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