The fourth installment of Robert Rodriguez’s franchise that keeps adding dimensions even as it loses charm would have been better titled Spy Kids: All the Time Puns in the World. I’m not sure how much the target audience of youngsters appreciates Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D’s never-ending stream of ”I’m gonna clean your clock” and ”Don’t waste my time” wordplay, but the filmmaker is clearly hoping the answer is a whole lot. Beyond that, the film — featuring a whole new set of crime-fighting progeny who discover that their stepmother (Jessica Alba) lives a secret life of gadgetry and car chases — is mainly a collection of fart jokes, backgrounds green-screened into abstraction, and the same ”family first” lessons espoused by the first three films. The hokiest element of all, Rodriguez’s resurrection of the scratch-and-sniff companion card last used years ago in a slightly more ironic fashion by John Waters, could have been a fun addition if all the ostensible scents (bacon, blue cheese, dog flatulence) didn’t just smell like a blueberry Yankee Candle. C-
SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D Something smells funny... but it's not the fourth installment in Robert Rodriguez's franchise. (Rico Torres)
Genre: Comedy, Action/Adventure; Starring: Jessica Alba, Joel McHale, Jeremy Piven; Director: Robert Rodriguez; Author: Robert Rodriguez; Release Date Wide: 08/19/2011; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Dimension Films
Posted August 21 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
- 'OITNB' star Samira Wiley joins Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale'
- 'Pokémon Go' chart reveals Pokémon hatch in 2km, 5km, 10km eggs
- See the ultimate Marvel selfie from Comic-Con
- Comic-Con: 'Workaholics' stars DJ'd set at EW's Con-X
- 'Pokémon Go': Dwayne Johnson becomes new 'rock' type, Pokérock
- Michael Fassbender loves James McAvoy 'hard'
- 'Moana': Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk join voice cast
- 'Friends': See the Cast's Evolution Over 10 Years
- This Is What the First Lollapalooza Looked Like
- Comic-Con 2016: See Scenes From Marvel's Showcase
- Comic-Con 2016: See Portraits of Marvel Studios Stars
- Comic-Con 2016: Celebs at the Biggest Day 3 Panels
- Comic-Con 2016: Get Batty With the Cast of 'The Walking Dead'