Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
(PG) Roadshow DVD/BD
“Never underestimate the power of puke.”
When the dialogue is this good, who needs decent CGI? Or anything else decent, for that matter?
Wilbur Wilson (Joel McHale) is “the Spy Hunter”: a journalist who has, sadly, never actually hunted down a spy. His two children, Rebecca and Cecil have their own problems accepting their stepmom Marissa (Jessica Alba), who is a spy, masquerading as an interior designer.
Robert Rodriguez has written and directed this instalment of an already tired franchise. Alba’s heavily pregnant “spy mom” goes into labour shortly after locking up a baddie but is forced out of retirement when he inevitably breaks out of jail threatening to steal “time” … or something.
I was distracted by the unsubtle lessons about spending more time with your family. And I want to question Jessica Alba’s ability to look that good after having a baby but then again, she is Jessica Alba.
The kids become involved once the adults manage to mess things up and are enlisted as the newest spy kids, complete with crazy gadgets. Carmen Cortez (Alexa Vega from the first Spy Kids) is their mentor.
The good news is that young children should enjoy the gadgets, the fun and the spectacle, and there is a nice little twist near the end. Even so if you want to (or worse, are forced to) sit through 89 minutes of endless time puns (it is almost impressive how many they came up with) and toilet humour, then good luck to you.