I don’t understand why this movie is getting panned so badly. No, it’s not Oscar-quality, but most movies aren’t.
When I go to the movies my goal is usually just to have a good time, and Spy Kids: All the Time in the World fit the bill for me, with the added bonus of a message that so often goes ignored. (For the record, the movie is billed as 4D but I saw it in 2D and without the Aromascope card.) For anyone who hasn’t heard much about this movie, here’s a brief synopsis.
OSS (I’m sorry, I’ve forgotten what it stands for) agent Marissa Cortez Wilson makes a deal with OSS chief Danger D’Amo: she can retire to raise a family after one last mission: capturing the villainous Tick Tock, who has stolen vital OSS information. A year later she’s raising her baby daughter and trying to bond with her twin stepkids, Rebecca and Cecil, but Rebecca still resents her for trying to take the place of the twins’ late mom. Meanwhile, Marissa’s husband Wilbur is launching a new reality show that follows him as he tries to catch spies. Unbeknownst to Wilbur, his wife is a spy and has been called out of retirement to stop Tick Tock and his boss, the Timekeeper, from stopping time. As Marissa is dragged back into service, her niece Carmen recruits Rebecca and Cecil in an effort to revive the OSS’s now-defunct Spy Kids Division.