Spy Kids: Rico Torres
EW Staff
February 12, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Spy Kids

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
93 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/30/01
performer
Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Daryl Sabara, Alexa Vega, George Clooney, Alan Cumming, Teri Hatcher, Cheech Marin, Tony Shalhoub
director
Robert Rodriguez
Producers
Dimension Films, Troublemaker Studios
distributor
Dimension Films, Miramax
author
Robert Rodriguez
genre
Kids and Family, ActionAdventure, Comedy

We gave it an B

The brothers Weinstein can claim till the cash cows come home that they still run an edgy little indie factory. But with ”Spy Kids,” the Miramax/ Dimension boys are lifting a page from parent company Disney’s playbook, spinning off a McDonald’s tie in from this $35 million James Bond for kids action flick. As for the movie itself, Banderas and ”Spin City”’s Gugino — a last minute replacement for Kelly Preston — play superspies who bail out of the espionage game to marry and start a family. But the couple’s plans for a quiet Cleaver clan existence are shot to hell when they’re kidnapped by a cartoonish villain (Cumming), and it’s up to their gadget toting kids (Daryl Sabara and Alexa Vega) to save them.

”This movie was born in ‘Four Rooms,”’ says Banderas, referring to the 1995 omnibus film in which he last teamed up with Rodriguez. ”After we finished shooting, Robert said to me, ‘We ought to do more with these guys.”’ Regarding his bullet riddled body of work, Rodriguez, the guerrilla auteur behind the $7,000 ”El Mariachi,” says, ”After ‘Desperado’ and ‘From Dusk Till Dawn,’ I’ll finally have a movie I can show my kids.” Make that two movies. Smelling a hit, Bob Weinstein has already greenlit the prestrike start of a sequel.

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