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Spy Kids (2001)

Real Spies... only smaller

Original Title : Spy Kids
Director : Robert Rodriguez
Writer : Robert Rodriguez
Genre : Action
Family
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
Official site : http://www.bacfilms.com/spykids/
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Spy Kids (2001) - Robert Rodriguez
 

Starring

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 Santibáñez 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 &
 

Plot

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."
 

Comments

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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