The first film in the "Spy Kids" franchise was directed by Robert Rodriguez and released in 2001. The movie features Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara and Alan Cumming. Filled with humor, action and an interesting plot, the movie is designed for the whole family. "Spy Kids" received positive reviews from top movie critics.
Ingrid and Gregorio Cortez traded in their spy gadgets and espionage adventures when they became parents, but after nine years of living a normal life, they agree to participate in a secret mission. When the two are kidnapped by the evil Fegan Floop, their kids, Carmen and Juni, discover their parents' true identities. To save their parents and stop Fegan Floop and his sidekick Minion from developing an army of robots resembling children, Carmen and Juni must learn the ins and outs of the spy world.
"Spy Kids" received mostly positive reviews from critics after its release. Roger Ebert called the film "an intelligent, upbeat, happy movie" and gave it three and a half out of four stars. The New York Post called it "the most delightful family movie since 'Stuart Little'," and the Los Angeles Times said the film is "lively, imaginative, with a playful sense of humor." "Spy Kids" was ranked the number one movie the weekend it opened.
Near the end of the movie, Minion turns on Floop and transforms Gregorio into a Flooglie. When Juni finds Floop locked in the Image Room, they have a heart-to-heart talk where Floop admits he only agreed to Mr. Lisp's plan because he was scared. Juni encourages Floop to stand up for himself and convinces him to free his mother and turn his father back to his old self. While the Cortez family prepares to fight the army of child robots, Floop manages to reprogram their brains, turning them against the villains instead.
In "Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams," released in 2002, Juni and Carmen are official spies and partake in a new mission to defeat an evil scientist. A year later, "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over" hit theaters. In the third film, the Cortez family ventures into the virtual world of a video game, trying to stay alive while battling the game's levels. "Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World" is scheduled to be released in 2011.
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