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Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011)

MPAA Rating: PG
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.
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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.

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Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D

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Details Release Date: Aug 19, 2011; Rated: PG; Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy; With: Jessica Alba, Joel McHale and Jeremy Piven; Distributor: Dimension Films

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-

Originally posted Aug 21, 2011
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