Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: +2

In this sequel to last years surprisingly popular family film, the junior agents Carmen and Juni Cortez, played again by Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabra, are now full-fledged spies. But they find themselves upstaged by new models, Gary and Gertie Giggles, played by Matt O'Leary and Emily Osment. When a special energy-stopping device called the transmooker is stolen from the President, Juni gets blamed for the theft and demoted. And even worse, Gary and Gerties dad gets promoted ahead of Junis dad, Gregorio, played by Antonio Banderas. To clear Junis name and get the device back, Carmen gets them sent to a hidden island to hunt for the stolen transmooker. However, they discover all their spy gadgets dont work on the island. And its inhabited by strange genetic mutations like a flying pig, a half apehalf spider Spider monkey and a part snake-part lizard Slizard, all created by scientist Romero, played by Steve Buscemi, who also invented the transmooker. Its a race to retrieve the transmooker when Gary and Gertie show up.

Violence is limited to some humorous fight scenes between pint-sized agents and adult bad guys and one slightly tense battle between a couple of mutations. Carmen repeats a phrase from the first film using Shitak mushrooms in place of an obscenity. Family ties between parents, in-laws, siblings and kids are shown in humorous and positive lights. Like the original, SPY KIDS 2 can be a fun outing for youngsters and grown-ups alike.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Miramax Films, 375 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013

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Crude Language: Once - Moderate (butt)

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Several times Moderate (Slapstick martial arts-type hits/ kicks as kids battle adults, dragons appear threatening, fall into volcano, children pull tooth implant, animated skeletons hit/ fall/ skull knocked off, creatures fight, punch, adults struggle w/ kicks/ head butt/ martial arts hits)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (Husband and wife hint about past incident)

Drugs: Few times (Adults drink wine/champagne at party)

Other: Amusement ride called 'vomiter' - green goop lands on umbrella, daughter wants father's attention, sister supports/ saves brother, kids learn more to being agents than gadgets, reference to falling in camel droppings, parents and grandparents join forces to save kids, man scared of cross-species genetic creations leads to question if God fears His creation, skeletons come to life per curse, boy apologizes for stealing and returns object, creature seems to sacrifice self to save boy, man ready to sacrifice self for others

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 6 and older

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