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Spy Kids (2001), (PG)
CAP Score: 88
CAP Influence Density: 0.22
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NOTE: If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objective and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie.
SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
SPY KIDS (PG) -- A "hard G" but a G nonetheless.
Comparatively, Spy Kids is a delightful and creative ingenius romp of two kids to rescue their captured parents from the bad guys. I will break with professional ethics and quote Roger Ebert because, for this movie, he is right on target at least in one aspect:
"...movies that teach vulgarity as a value." If even the secular industry recognizes the teaching properties of vulgar entertainment, why is there so much of it? Because people will consume such entertainment. We will watch it and come back for more. We will suffer vile things before our eyes [Ps. 101:3] to have a couple hours of "escape" from the day-to-day miseries, trials and routine. Too often we do not realize the vulnerability such escapism may create -- vulnerability to reshaping our perceptions and values. And our kids, through no fault of their own, are exceptionally vulnerable because of their lack of experience and the wisdom that comes with experience and from your teachings over time. When we continue to consume the extremes Hollywood creates, they will make more and more. God knew this [Ps. 12:8]. But, hey! What your kids watch is your business. Your management of your family is your responsibility. But I would just ask that you consider all sides and weigh all pros and cons. As God tells us in Hebrews 13:17, it is the parents not the filmmakers who will give an account for the management of the family including its entertainment diet. And if I read the Scriptures right, it will be the father who does the song-and-dance when God calls for an accounting of the family. When God came down for an accounting of the sins of Adam and Eve (the first family), He did not call for Eve [Gen. 3:8-9]. And if that scares some of us dads, it should.
Wow! From what started out as a bright accounting of Spy Kids, I have dragged us into a rather sobering reality. Though not trying to slight the reality, let me try to recapture the brightness of this movie. To start, Spy Kids earned a CAP final score of 88 which makes it equivalent to a G-rated movie of those in our database (100 to 86). A "hard G" but a G nonetheless.
Previously enemies but now married superspies Ingrid and Gregorio Cortez (Carla Gugino and Antonio Banderas) once again, after 10 years of "retirement", burst into sleuthing. But this time they are captured by evil-doer Minion (Tony Shaloub). Minion works for world ruler wannabe Fagan Floop (Alan Cumming) who masquerades as a kids show host. What better way to capture the world than by capturing the minds of children? Sound familiar? Mom and dad are gone! What to do!? The two Cortez kids, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara) are perplexed about what to do about mom and dad. Mentor and protector Uncle Felix (Cheech Marin) and friend Mrs. Gradenlo (Teri Hatcher) propose the kids rescue their parents. And that they do. And a world of antics, gadgetry, and color explode.
Part of Floop's plan to conquer the world is to use kids. He creates an army of robot kids. Only one thing stands in the way -- their brains are, well, empty. An artifact of Gregorio's escapades from yesteryear includes a third brain. The third brain is why Floop was after Gregorio in the first place. The third brain is all Floop needs to power the robot kids. Floop had another interesting army to help him in his plan to conquer the world -- an army of thumbmen. The thumbmen were odd creatures consisting of arms made of thumbs, legs made of thumbs and a head made of a thumb. And yes, they were all thumbs.
While indeed a delightful romp, Spy Kids is rated PG and thus will contain some programming that may at least raise the mom/dad eyebrow -- and should. The MPAA calls it action sequences and brief language. While the action sequences put the kids in positions and activities you would not likely want your kids to emulate, I noted only one use of foul language and it was by Carmen. She mumbled a four -letter word masked, beginning the monosyllabic word but changing the ending letter to change the word at the last instant. Though not a violent movie per se, there are abductions, hair on fire, great falls, and somewhat bizarre fantasy in Spy Kids. A taxi driver cheats the kids out of some of their cash. And the CAP analysis model found some matters of child autonomy possibly dangerous if emulated by your kids and of snippiness toward mom. However, I could find NO sexual improprieties at all. No toilet humor.
In this case, reading the Findings/Scoring section will provide little more that might warrant your concerns. But it follows and I ask you to read it if only to expose you to the link images to the left of it and the seldom-read material that follows.
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*******Food for Thought*******
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):