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Alexandra DuPont brushes off the thesaurus and talks SPY KIDS!!!

Published at: March 23, 2001, 2:51 a.m. CST by staff

Hey folks, Harry here with she who needs no introduction, but for whom the planets and stars and moons and things that float... well, float around. I am, of course, speaking of the fairest of the femmes.... Alexandra DuPont. I'm currently about 36 hours away from finally seeing SPY KIDS at the Austin Premiere... I'm giddy and anxious and ready to see this thing in like the worst ways imaginable. I know Robert is my friend and I'm quite fond of his work... but folks, Alexandra DuPont has never met him (as far as I know). She has no connections with him (as far as I know), but you'll read her review and begin to see why I'm excited for this 'kid' flick. Read....

Holla, Harcourt Fenton Knowles, Sr. Geek Paterfamilias et al. Allow me a rare bit of self-indulgent prologue:

(a) I'm in an "establishment" with my younger brother Maximillian, who is, I'm afraid, a bit touched. So forgive the brevity and possible general sloppiness of this missive, for I am distracted.

(b) I have just seen the marvelous children's film "Spy Kids."

(b) is, of course, the point. This is a dandy children's entertainment, well deserving of its hype along several critical axes. So let's move along, shall we? Again, time is short and beer is flowing, so forgive me for hijacking Mr. H. the Strong's FAQish format.

*****

I. One Phrase Reviewers and PR Flacks Will Use to Describe "Spy Kids"

"Willy Wonka meets James Bond."

*****

II. Is this phrase accurate?

Yes, in that glib and reductive manner that every reviewer who seems to be writing pitches instead of reviews has mastered.

*****

III. So the phrase is glib and reductive, then?

Yes. "Spy Kids," despite some marketing that actually makes it look pretty silly, amounts to more than the above phrase (and its marketing) suggests. It's an EXTREMELY well-crafted piece of children's entertainment -- an attention-deficit mix of parental comedy, kid logic, Surrealism, "1000 Fingers of Dr. T"-esque bizarro imagery, and sharp editing and writing. It's entertainment with real craft. It's an image bomb. It's ADD in a film can. It's a ride -- but a good one, for a change.

That said, I worry that filmgoers won't get a chance to find it. I've seen more than a few Talk Backers dismiss this film in advance because of the hype machine (here and at Showest and elsewhere) and more specifically because of the proffered marketing materials. To be perfectly honest, I was doing the same thing -- until tonight.

Here's a disclaimer: The costumes and gadgets and effects, taken out of context, look deeply, powerfully cartoony and stupid. The lurid color scheme -- as featured in the PR -- hearkens more to Barry Levinson's legendary miscarriage "Toys" than to sharp kids' fare.

But I cannot emphasize this enough: This is a movie to be taken as a whole, not in bits and pieces. Like "Willie Wonka," say. The lurid colors and general goofiness serve story here, and are part of an airtight kid-logic universe created by director Robert Rodriguez. After some very real missteps on Mssr. R's part -- on "The Faculty," for example, which I found merely competent, I thought he was beginning to lose his *ganas*, his love for filmmaking -- he seems to have finally found material that matches his editing style, his attention span, and his deep and abiding love of the goofy.

But enough gushing, for I'm not sure "gushing" is what's warranted here. This is a really good kid's movie, not the Second Coming of Our Lord. Here's the breakdown at any rate:

*****

IV. THE STORY

We're introduced to this goofy world in the first damn shot, which rather spoofily begins with the usual helicopter-panning-up-from-the-ocean-to-a-man-made-structure cliché, but then speeds up, cartoonlike, zipping to the window of a gorgeous cliffside Mediterranean estate. Yes, this is the sort of world where retired spies live in palatial oceanside mansions and no one ever asks why. This is also the sort of world where robots resembling giant thumbs and jet packs and virtual reality and sudden window-bursting entrances and Danny Trejo as a crackerjack inventor and Alan Cumming as a combination spymaster/children's-show host and a general colorful luridness go unquestioned.

I know, I know: The above graf sound a bit slighting. But really: the conceit works. Rodriguez never slows down the pace or milks an emotion so you'll feel insulted, not ever. You just roll with it. And you laugh. Or, if you're age 10 or younger, perhaps you giggle.

Anyway. So. The two deadpan spawn (Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, inheriting the "Misbehavers" roles) of the retired spies (Carla Gugino, Antonio Banderas) are unaware of their parents' intrepid careers. That is, until said parents are captured by Alan Cumming's Blofeld-by-way-of-Wonka archvillain and his scheming assistant, Mr. Minion (Tony Shaloub) -- at which point the kids' babysitter (a TOTALLY underutilized Cheech Marin) blows the folks' cover, and the kids are rudely embarked on a rescue mission, which they accept without any apparent moments of doubt.

Well-edited mayhem, sharper-than-necessary dialogue, jet packs, sibling rivalry, doppelganger robots, virtual reality, and dozens of silly gadgets ensue.

*****

V. WHAT'S GOOD?

I'm filling in this section last, so fatigue is taking me. Forgive my brevity. The good VASTLY outweighs the bad here. So, then, the following elements of "Spy Kids" are marvy fab:

(1) The child actors. They underplay, they play their own evil twins, they perform in complicated action sequences, AND YOU NEVER EVER QUESTION THEM. "Spy Kids"' light subject matter belies the enormity of this achievement. Miss Alexa Vega, playing the older, tougher sister, is a real find: Watch for her career to blossom along the lines of Christina Ricci as she reaches puberty (though one hopes she will blossom with less angst).

(2) Nary a tear is shed. Think about that. When's the last time a kid's movie DIDN'T feature a weeping moppet?

(3) Antonio B. and Carla G. As the parents, they maintain a fragile balance of cool and caring -- and they don't fall into the usual kids'-movie parental caricature of being mean, misunderstanding, mushy or moronic. This, too, is an enormous achievement, to my thinking.

(4) As usual, RR's editing and shot placement are just utterly correct and tight as hell, though the editing's almost too tight for its own good; see below.

(5) The imagery -- scary robot men with giant thumbs for heads and arms and legs, for example -- speaks to a sort of dream logic that makes sense to kids (if memory serves). Same with the film's common-sense-defying storyline, which conforms to playground fantasy play-logic in a big way. This was the first time in years that illogical story elements didn't irk me.

(6) The film makes for easy playground re-enactment. Allow me to explain: The spy toys are often converted child-friendly items (electrically charged gum, etc.) that are readily available to enterprising pre-teens. There's also a crackerjack action scene set in a playground -- again, easy to re-enact on the schoolyard.

(7) Certain jokes. The backmasked pleas for help uttered by mutated agents enslaved on the evil children's show. Banderas looking at the camera and dismissing certain emotional outbursts by saying, "Latinos."

Maybe you had to be there.

(8) The casting of Latinos throughout as heroes. The female sibling cast as the "strong" one in the relationship. Little reversals like that.

You get the idea.

*****

VI. WHAT'S BAD?

(1) This from Maximillian: The Dimension-made print we saw here in Minnesota was a bit shabby. "Maybe it was just the print we saw, but it was a bit murky, splotchy," he said. "I'm sure Rodriguez is f***ing furious about it."

(2) Also from Max: "Did the movie go just a LITTLE bit too fast for the kiddies?" This is a profound critique, and a bit double-edged because RR's haste is also a strength, but this is maybe the only really valid critique of the film; Rodriguez cuts so fast it's hard to build character or deep empathy, if that even matters here.

(3) What the blazes happened to Cheech Marin's character? He's transmogrified and then vanishes utterly -- a real waste. Sequel fodder, perhaps?

(4) And finally, this too from dear Maximillian: Rather too much of the movie may go over kids' heads, due to RR's hasty delivery of narrative information. Our screening was packed with the fruit of the Midwest tot population, and I mostly heard PARENTS laughing, not their middleborn spawn. That said, children were (a) attentive as hell during the screening, and (b) reportedly "spazzing out" in the lobby afterward.

VII. SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

Wild fun. Sustained laughs. A sharp-yet-dreamlike prepubescent mindset. Playground adventure. Take a child. You won't suffer a bit.

Warmest,

Alexandra DuPont.

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  • March 23, 2001, 4:11 a.m. CST

    DICKHEAD

    by Splinter

    Christ, the only thing worse than an arsehole who posts 'First' is someone who actually says nothing APART from 'First' Heh heh....how sad are you people? Fucking pathetic. Onto the SUBJECT...I really hope RR pulls this one out of the bag - hugely talented director who has, for some ungoldy reason, shackled himself to some of the most mundane and god-awful scripts Hollywood has to belch up....to go from the genius of Mariachi to abomination of The Fuckulty is a travesty of wasted talent...I still believe in you though Rob...let's hope you've pulled this one out of the bag :)

  • March 23, 2001, 4:41 a.m. CST

    DICKHEAD

    by Tids

    Couldn't agree more Splinter, but the first debate has been done to death, lets just leave it at... TWAT! Anyhoo, 'Spy Kids' has been the cause of almost as much debate as the arses who say 'first', but personally I am more than relieved to here a positive review. Far too many kids films sink into the mire that is sentimentality. Never understood that myself, as a kid, all I ever wanted to do was run around and pretend to beat up my friends with sticks... not weep about shit and I wanted to watch films that had kids beating each other with sticks (if you get my point). Anyway, now I have kids myself, I'm looking forward to taking them to see a fun and exciting film, not the over sanitised Disney'esque claptrap I normally have to wade through. So there!

  • March 23, 2001, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Spy Kids rocks!

    by animater_gator

    Yeah! this movie is so cool! I'ts the best kids movie ever made as far as I'm concermed! Thanks to Mirmax and Disney for giving us more quality entertainment for children! WoooHoo!

  • March 23, 2001, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Johnny Wishbone is right....

    by Jesus Q Einstein

    ...after all, 'Star Wars' is a kids film. Nuff said.

  • March 23, 2001, 6:12 a.m. CST

    For Great Justice

    by timmer33

    Harry is constantly sticking news about Spy Kids up here. Why? Because his friend is the director and he's giving the film free publicity. Well, I saw an ad on TV for it last night and it looks no better than Rocky and Bullwinkle. If the movie tanks, Harry, your already fragile reputation will be in the toilet (I remember your favourable reviews: Blair Witch 2, Viva Rock Vegas, and JAR JAR BINKS!!).

  • March 23, 2001, 6:18 a.m. CST

    I've got two words for you...Baby Geniuses...

    by Bluberry Johnson

    'Nuff said.

  • March 23, 2001, 6:59 a.m. CST

    DICKHEADS

    by Raddik

    (GEEKBASHER is unavailable due to prior engagements kickin Harry's ass but will return. In the meantime he asked to convey this message. So here it is..unedited, in its entirety.) There is nothing more than I hate than two overbearing stuffy nosed intellectuals who get their stiffy by riding some poor shmoe who gets in first before their pompus asses. Aside from being a sadist ("all I ever wanted to do was run around and pretend to beat up my friends with sticks"), they are unappreciative of one of Hollywoods more popular directors. Since you obviously have no clue about how Hollywood works I suggest you two go 'beat' each other off. I despise overbearing intellectuals (not that I know for a fact that you are intellectuals) more than my distaste for elitist geeks. 'ANYHOO00000000' TALLY HOOOOO, SPIT-SPOT, FISH N' CHIPS, and don't forget to adjust those boards up your 'ARSES'. (Stop message. Again I apologize for GEEKBASHER for not being able to deliver this message himself but I can assure that this conveys his feelings accurately and hopes that in time he will be here to deliver the usual ass pounding himself. Have a good day ladies and gentlemen)

  • March 23, 2001, 7:21 a.m. CST

    The key to "classic" kid-films

    by Kikstad

    The secret to long-term success is you have to make them appeal to both kids and adults (not to mention teens who don't seem to like to be either nowadays) -- it's tough to do, but all the great "children's films" have done it -- Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka, Lion King, etc. I think Spy Kids may turn out to be a classic. I'll have to wait and see.

  • March 23, 2001, 7:23 a.m. CST

    DICKHEADS

    by 855K Scoville

    At first, I saw no point for anyone to write "FIRST". Now I am completely in favor of people's writing "FIRST", because it seems to annoy only the annoying people who deserve to be annoyed.

  • March 23, 2001, 7:36 a.m. CST

    I'm Baaaaaaaaack!

    by GEEKBASHER 3.0

    I have already expressed my views through my good friend 'LSD' so there is no need to reiterate myself. I would like to also apologize to Lolita. Granted, what I said was not directed at her I realize it was inappropiate. Now, to the matters at hand. Yes, RR made a kiddie film. Yes Faculty was not dark but more of a scream fest. But as we all know RR is not running the show. It is the execs that actually greenlight the scripts and if they believe, in their all- knowing, anal retentive wisdom that this film is marketable they will fund it. In the eyes of the suits they see this movie as a product endorsement, Nickelodian-series spin off, toy merchandising cash cow. If you want someone to blame; blame the suits. Or take it another step; SHOOT THE SUITS! So if the poor bastard that is RR has no choice but to take this script and do whatever he can we must have a sort of sympathetic understanding towards him. Granted he looks like he sold out, but is it not the cardinal rule of not biting the hand that feeds you? Let him make is Nick Jr. movie. Maybe his next script might be up to par with his earlier work. But one thing that RR has to always remember is that raw 'hunger' that one craves when creating. It is that one key ingrediant that is needed in order to produce great art. Because once you have been fattened and are full all produce is shit. Metephorically speaking, of course. <SHOOT THE SUITS>

  • March 23, 2001, 7:45 a.m. CST

    A.DuP. responds: Actually, Geekbasher....

    by Alexandra.DuPont

    ... RR wrote the SK screenplay himself, and it feels very *personal*, in a strange sort of way. The little boy even looks like RR, and probably shares many of RR's childhood weakness, I'd wager. If you were ripping on "Spy Kids" as "suit fodder" (and I may be misreading your post, for I am running on fumes this morning), I'd give the movie a chance. This is a perfect match of style and substance, I'm happy to report.

  • March 23, 2001, 7:55 a.m. CST

    i Can t wait for the next Power Rangers talkback

    by DigitalJustice

    WTF???!!!!Why is this cool news. I saw this novie and it fu***ng sucks HARD!!!!!! When do we get to read Herc's review of the latest Poke'mon ep?

  • March 23, 2001, 7:56 a.m. CST

    DICKHEAD

    by Bill Carson

    First!

  • March 23, 2001, 7:58 a.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by SCOTT1458

    saw the trailer the other day, and I was like "what the fuck"? Look at the poster, it's got "Sucks" written all over it!

  • March 23, 2001, 7:59 a.m. CST

    GEEKBASHER responds: Actually Alex D

    by GEEKBASHER 3.0

    I was ripping into those other talkbackers that seem intent on smearing RR before even giving his product a chance. I am all for not passing judgement until the initial viewing. Even then, it might take me a few showings to fully absorb and form my own opinion. I was defending RR, granted he doesn't need my defense. But as you say, if RR wrote the screenplay himself that to me is a plus. I just wanted to point out what type of mentality and the probable reasons behind some of these film creations. Like I've always said, not everything can be dark, gore, bloodfest and full frontal like some people seem to have a taste for. Thank you for your response, Alex. And I enjoyed your article. SHOOT THE SUITS

  • March 23, 2001, 8:21 a.m. CST

    appreciate the effort, RR, but....

    by The_Black_Hair

    Aren't they all fairly European Latinos that the American closet racist public can digest with more ease?

  • March 23, 2001, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Mother FAQer

    by Village Idiot

    Man I hate it when people write more clever than I do. She's more pithy in one review than I am in a month. In fact, its distacting. (Yeah, that's it!) Dammit DuPont, your review has too many notes! ***** Meanwhile, after reading this review, there was about five minutes where I actually considered seeing this movie? But under what context? Date movie? That would be a hard sell: "You see they're 'SPIES' and they're 'KIDS'! C'mon, it'll be fun!" I'm afraid I used up that capital with "Emperor's New Groove." I could drag my fifteen year old nephew, but I'm sure he'd rather be skateboarding or videotaping people with mullets (strange hobby of skateboarding kids in Southern California). Yes, unfortunately social pressure will force me to rent this one on video, where movie selection never requires justification.

  • March 23, 2001, 9:04 a.m. CST

    kiddie films

    by duke fame

    I'm glad to hear that this film was given a positive review even after the author acknowledged the horrible previews. I was looking forward to seeing this film, but after watching the ads on TV a few times, I was completely turned off. However, based on this review, (specifically the section that pointed out the film may have moved too fast for kids,) it makes me want to see it much more. Remember when you (I'm speaking to the folks in their 20's and early 30's here)first saw Star Wars or Raiders of the Lost Ark as a kid? Luke was flying an X-wing and Indy was fighting snakes. That's it. That's what mattered back then. And it was great! Then after you grew up, all those other plot points and details and characters made the movie better because you could understand it on another level. I guess what I'm saying is that I would be happy if Spy Kids moved too fast, that some of it might go over kids heads. Kids can understand it at one level, and then eventually grow into it. But what's most important is that the film doesn't insult the intelligence of its audience. That's why classic Disney films work. That's why Iron Giant worked. Don't forget Time Bandits, The Black Stallion, or Babe. Which is why (going back to my original point) the previews make Spy Kids look like this year's disposable Pokeman movie, instead of something that might be enjoyed for years. I like Rodriguez's films,I hope this film is great.

  • March 23, 2001, 9:14 a.m. CST

    European Latinos ?

    by mjbok

    'Aren't they all fairly European Latinos that the American closet racist public can digest with more ease?' That is where the problem lies. First it's 'there's not enough (insert minority here) in the movies.' Then the people that are used are too white? What difference does it make if the heroes (or villains for that matter) are black, white, green, hispanic, asian or whatever? One of the underlying problems with continuing racism in the world and in entertainment is that people are labeled. There's a Latin Grammy's for Pete's sake. Exclusion or inclusion based on race is inherently racist. Pointing out the fact that the protagonists are Latino means that it makes a difference to you if they are or not. I don't care what race, ethnicity, sexual preference, etc. a character is as long as the movie is good. Put a frickin' Gungan in a good movie and it wouldn't bother me. I don't think there should be any kind of barriers put on anything, whether it be acting in a movie, getting into college, getting a job, or getting an award.

  • March 23, 2001, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Date movies

    by Some Dude

    All too often I see Talkbackers complain about the films that they must endure with their girlfriends. Here is a tip: GET A BETTER GIRLFRIEND! Not all women want to watch weepy nonsense. Here are some films that I've seen with girlfriends: Cliffhanger, Caligula (re-release), Titus, Starship Troopers, American Psycho, eXistenZ, The Lifestyle, The Ninth Gate, Tetsuo, just to name a few. For the record, I've been dragged to two typical "date" movies: Addicted to Love and I'll Do Anything. I'm still hurting. Needless to say those relationships got old REALLY fast. I think Spy Kids will be fine date material.

  • March 23, 2001, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Y'all are missing the obvious comparison

    by Cervaise

    Let's see, it's a kid-friendly movie. It's vaguely surreal. Movies like this work best when they're smart and literate, and therefore adult-watchable, but also simple in the overall arc and in the basic conflicts, meaning they're accessible to children. They have to be funny without being cloying. Fast-paced. Well-acted. Lots of eye candy. Absurdist world taken seriously by the participants. If this is all done well, the movie can be extraordinarily entertaining, and have very, very high re-watch value. That's what we're being told SPY KIDS is, and why are you people freaking out? If that's accurate, then it'll be a hell of a movie. Why? Because there's another movie that totally fulfills those requirements, albeit in a different genre. The movie? TIME BANDITS. Kid-friendly, but adult-accessible. Simple in broad strokes, smart and complex in the details. Now, I'd never dream of saying Terry Gilliam and Robert Rodriguez are more similar than different as directors, but we do have a solid precedent to which we may refer. Why is everybody getting all worried? Morons.

  • March 23, 2001, 10:11 a.m. CST

    I trust the Dupont!

    by superninja

    This movie looks like fun, and I believe I'm going to see it. For those who think there's no place for kids movies on AICN, two words: GROW UP! HA!

  • March 23, 2001, 10:47 a.m. CST

    responding to mjbok

    by The_Black_Hair

    Now, I don't judge a film's merit based on the number of minorities in it.... I wouldn't like very many movies if I did. It SHOULDN'T matter what race a character is. The problem is that it DOES matter to the people in charge and ignoring that fact doesn't make it go away. You can't honestly believe that studio and television execs are color blind. If you do, you're a fool, but I don't want to insult you so I'll assume you're aware of it. THAT is the problem, not with people like myself pointing out the obvious as you have claimed. SPY KIDS is a rarity indeed, a mainstream film with Latino characters. It is not a flaw with a film that the characters happen to be so white looking that you'd never know they were Latino if the movie didn't say so. The flaw lies in either or both the studio and the American public that every studio wants in their theaters. If SPY KIDS happened to have browner characters, would that block of White Americana feel the film was not made for them and stay away? Something is not right here... but I will now wait for my fellow posters to go ahead and justify it....

  • March 23, 2001, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Kids' films vs. well, just films

    by Sabrina

    I dunno; when I was a kid, my favorite films were "To Kill A Mockingbird," any weird old musical (West Side Story, South Pacific), and "Willy Wonka" (because it was a weird musical). Two of my nephews' (12 & 15) favorite films for years have been "Spaceballs," "Young Frankenstein" and "Stalag 17;" another nephew (13) has been a James Bond freak since he was six. Children respond to the same things adults respond to: good storytelling, action, humor (that's why Harry Potter is so huge now). I trust DuPont's assessments more than anyone else's in here (she seems to be the least co-opted), so I'll give Spy Kids the benefit of the doubt, and herd all my nephews to see it.

  • March 23, 2001, 11:25 a.m. CST

    "KID" movies

    by paulus22

    Some of the best movies I have ever seen are "KID" movies. E.T., Babe I and II pop into my head. I refuse to look at a film based on that. Shit, STAR WARS could be considered a "KID" movie if you look at it in the right way. When I first saw a preview for "Spy Kids" I thought it looked wonderful. I remember saying to my wife, "This looks cool. Finally an action movie that FAMILIES can go see together." I know that a lot of kids like action flix. I did. But they have so much unnecessary sex and graphic violence that a lot of parents don't want their kids to see. I think "Spy Kids" is a great idea...an action movie for younger people, and, because of the reviews I've seen, I seems it was done right. R.R. seems to have really invested this movie with the energy and precision it deserves, and somehow got the money to do the effects right, too. Ala Babe and E.T. I'm looking forward to seeing this movie!

  • March 23, 2001, 12:21 p.m. CST

    This really licks the cat's ass

    by Ewan

    I hate all of you. Especially GeekLSDbasher. (Dupont excluded...damn she's fine)

  • March 23, 2001, 2:14 p.m. CST

    REAL SPIES......only lamer.

    by bastardly

    This movie looks lame beyond belief. It'll do worse than Rosie O' Donnel Fitness tapes.

  • March 23, 2001, 2:28 p.m. CST

    saw it- pretty much on the money

    by pureboy

    I went to a preview screening, and the movie was great, a bit skimpy on plot, but the level of FX for the budget is amazing- I know how RR did it, but can't give that info. As for reactions, the kids in the theater all loved it! I have high hopes for this one...

  • March 23, 2001, 2:46 p.m. CST

    I think Alexandra DuPont has lost her touch...

    by AlexanderDeLarge

    ...sure, the reviews are still great, but I can't see any creepy stalkers yelling stuff like "Alexandra, marry me, I'll make you so happy, I'll even get braces..." or "oh my gosh, I nearly fainted at the sight of your beautiful glowing spiritual face, Miss DuPont, Lady DuPont, Countess DuPont, etc..."...methinks Alexandra is losing her fans. Well, at least the stalker ones....which might just not be that bad. Oh, and great review, blah blah blah, lady DuPont, wanna have babies, something something or whatever.

  • March 23, 2001, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Dupont

    by SuperboyisDead05

    How does everyone know how hot Dupont is? And Spy Kids does make me think of Baby Geniuses and I want to cry just thinking about that movie

  • March 23, 2001, 6:35 p.m. CST

    It seems blantantly obvious that Rodriguez-bashers are simply fr

    by Rhinoceros

  • March 24, 2001, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Latinos in film

    by MCVamp

    I dont give a fuck WHAT color they are, just get some more in there! So what if they're light skinned? At least they're THERE. <It's not as bad as having a Puerto Rican no-talent (no problem with him being a PR, but he IS a no-talent, and PRs and Mexicans are as different as Chinese and Japanese) like Ricky Martin destroy Mexican Richie Valens' songs and induct him into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame while Los Lobos, (actual Mexicans, and goddamned talented as well, mind you,) are sitting at home.> Speaking of race, Reggie Miller is a light-skinned black man. Bryant Gumbel is a dark-skinned white man. Michael Jackson has finally crossed over and is now officially an alien. And "Timmy" from Days of Our Lives is pound for pound the best midget working in entertainment today. What the hell was I talking about again? Oh yeah, Spy Kids. Looks okay, but I'll still wait for DVD.

  • March 24, 2001, 4:58 p.m. CST

    This looks like a film to take that chick's pain in the ass kids

    by Brooklyn Bred

    I can't see any other reason any guy would see this film.

  • March 25, 2001, 1:14 a.m. CST

    The best kiddie adventure movie ever is GOONIES

    by Tall_Boy

    if this lives up to it in any way, I'll drag my cousins out to see it. .. uhm for THIER benifit of course, not that I would want to see a kids movie. . .(heh, gotta love being able to go see kids movies again under the pretense of being dragged there. I LOVE IT)

  • March 26, 2001, 8:38 a.m. CST

    by Stanazgul

    To A. Dupont and AICN, Well, it looks like I am going to have to add to my list of films to see. I hate kids movies but if you say its that good Alexandra then there is no way I will hate it then. Even with Antonio Banderas in it. Oh well. But I'm glad its not just another kids movie with 'weeping muppets', I'm sick of that too. Im not a parent but i think kids movies need to pander to kids not what parents want there kids to watch. I'm anxious to see Rodriguez's editing on this. To AICN You people need to let/make Dupont write more reviews. It will help me decide what to see and maybe save me some money. A. D. Rocks CU, Stan

  • March 26, 2001, 8:40 a.m. CST

    oops

    by Stanazgul

    To A. Dupont and AICN, Well, it looks like I am going to have to add to my list of films to see. I hate kids movies but if you say its that good Alexandra then there is no way I will hate it then. Even with Antonio Banderas in it. Oh well. But I'm glad its not just another kids movie with 'weeping muppets', I'm sick of that too. Im not a parent but i think kids movies need to pander to kids not what parents want there kids to watch. I'm anxious to see Rodriguez's editing on this. To AICN You people need to let/make Dupont write more reviews. It will help me decide what to see and maybe save me some money. A. D. Rocks CU, Stan

  • Nov. 15, 2009, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Barry Levinson's Toys is a good movie...

    by The_Crimson_King

    lighten up and enjoy the 90's era Robin Williams surrealness!