This Kids, Just All Right

Family films. That genre usually means either animated features or something about a dog. So it was nice to find a film--heck, a franchise--with kids who admired their parents and uttered no curse ruder than "Oh, shiitake mushrooms!"

We come to praise Spy Kids and to bury it. Robert Rodriguez says his third installment is the final one. That's a shame, because the first two were smart, genial family outings, and because the finale is a bit off--less a detour than a pothole.

In the first Spy Kids we met the superspies (Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino), who married, retired, had...

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