Spy Kids (2001)

Real Spies... only smaller

Original Title : Spy Kids
Director : Robert Rodriguez
Writer : Robert Rodriguez
Genre : Action
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Elizabeth Avellan , Cary Granat , Robert Rodriguez , Bill Scott , Tamara Smith , Bob Weinstein , Harvey Weinstein
Music : Chris Boardman
John Debney
Timothy Andrew Edwards
Danny Elfman
Harry Gregson-Williams
Los Lobos
Marcel Rodriguez
Robert Rodriguez
Gavin Greenaway
Heitor Pereira
Photography : Guillermo Navarro
IMDB ID : 0227538
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┬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 Isidoro 'Machete' Cortez
┬Mike Judge Donnagon/Donnamight
┬Richard Linklater Cool Spy
┬Guillermo Navarro Pastor
┬Johnny Reno Agent Johnny
┬Shannon Shea FoOglie
┬Norman Cabrera FoOglie
┬Trant Batey FoOglie
┬Andy W. Bossley Brat
┬Jeffrey J. Dashnaw Brat's dad (as Jeff Dashnaw
┬Kara Slack Carmen's friend
┬Ermahn Ospina Cab driver
┬Emilio Navarro-Mackissack Excited kid at playground (as Emilio Navarro Mackissack
┬Evan Sabara Intruder spy kid
┬Rachel Duhame President's robot daughter
┬Houston Hooker Lisp's robot son
┬Addisyn Fair Baby Carmen
┬Louis Black Financier
┬Charles Ramirez-Berg Financier
┬Dick Clark Financier
┬Steve Havens Financier
┬Roberto Santib├í├▒ez Financier
┬Julio Villareal Spy diver
┬Rebecca Rodriguez Spy bridesmaid (as Becca Rodriguez
┬Patricia Vonne Spy bridesmaid
┬Angela Lanza Newscaster
┬George Clooney Devlin rest of cast listed alphabetically
┬Brinton Bryan TooToo Fooglie
┬Davyn Crossley Robot kid (uncredited
┬Rhonda Dawes Robot kid (uncredited
┬Jeremy Denzlinger Thumb-Thumb (uncredited
┬Megan Finney Robot kid (uncredited
┬Nita Hannigan Robot kid (uncredited
┬Jace Jeanes Thumb-Thumb and Shape Monster (uncredited
┬Zoe Keller Robot (uncredited
┬Ricky Lee Prime Minister's son/Robot kid (uncredited
┬Lin Oeding Thumb-Thumb/Shape Monster (uncredited
┬Troy Robinson Floop &


Carmen and Juni think their parents are boring. Little do they know that in their day, Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez were the top secret agents from their respective countries. They gave up that life to raise their children. Now, the disappearances of several of their old colleagues forces the Cortez' return from retirement. What they didn't count on was Carmen and Juni joining the "family business."


Self-Reference for Kids Spoilers herein. Most art refers to itself in some way, but nowadays almost every film has some straightforward self-reference in the form of being about some kind of show. There must have been a very influential executive producer some time back pushing this idea for it to be so common. The notion of these kinds of films is to create another world, so combine that with the self-reference gimmick and you have a fantasy kiddie show about a fantasy kiddie show. More, essentially all research in self-reference for decades has been in artificial intelligence, which is the device around which this plot turns. The language of AI is LISP, the name of the archvillain. In the heyday of LISP machines, the leading system was Flavors LISP Object Oriented Programming or: you guessed it -- Floop. I myself worked on a defense AI program that included the notion of a `third brain,' that is an observer living in a world different than (1) that of the world's creator, and (2) of the characters. The third is the brain of the observer. This is also a strong element in film criticism where the camera is the third eye, the eye of the artificial narrator. The most intelligent film about the third eye spying on the action is `Snake Eyes,' where we last saw Gugino. (You may want to check my comments on that film to see what I mean.) Even more: this is the third time Cumming has played the evil thug Gates, the others being `Titus' and `Get Carter.' The blooper of course is that Gates wouldn't know AI if it bit him (despite buying up some of the big names from the past). So having him trapped in the virtual room is apt. The point is that there was some intelligence in this script, not all artificial.
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