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With Spy Kids writer-director Robert Rodriguez concocted a children's movie that couldn't miss, combining high-tech action and wildly imaginative special effects with a modest but sincere parable about the importance of family. This sequel (2002) offers more ideas and less character development, as the superspy Cortez children journey to the mysterious island of a warped genetic scientist (Steve Buscemi), pursued by their spy parents (Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino) and maternal grandparents (Holland Taylor and Ricardo Montalban, who's equipped with a flying wheelchair). Rodriguez is so obsessed with fantastic gadgetry that I was relieved when the kids' gear was neutralized on the island, freeing them up for some down-and-dirty combat with hybrid beasts and sword-wielding skeletons straight out of The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad. 99 min.

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