Robert Rodriguez attempts to continue his family-friendly junior spy series with Jessica Alba as a top-level spy/stepmother who, unbeknownst to her “spy hunting” husband Wilbur (Joel McHale), recruits her stepchildren (Rowan Blanchard and Mason Cook) into the business of saving the world from the nefarious schemes of the Time Keeper. There’s a real aim here to hammer home the message that parents and children should spend as much time together as possible rather than putting it off until the time and the situation is right.
In addition, besides his usual
one-man-band approach to filmmaking, Rodriguez takes moviemaking to
the fourth dimension by introducing smells into the mix, another
goofy experiment gone awry. If only Rodriguez would grow up (and I’m
referring to his violent adult fantasies as well), because his
savant-like skills could create another timely gem to rival his early
Mariachi claims to fame. Bottom line, though, is that it's
definitely time for him to leave the Spy Kids behind once and
for all. Grade: D-
Opens Aug. 19. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.