What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the fourth installment in the Spy Kids series (the first in 3D) features the same level of action/fantasy violence as the previous versions, with an added dose of toilet humor thanks to the Baby Spy. The language is unremarkable save for a couple of insults ("butt head," etc.) and the famous "shi...take mushrooms" line from the other movies. There's more noticeable product placement here than in the first three films (particularly car companies and Apple computers), as well as many more scatological jokes. Overall, though, the message is positive and family focused: Don't waste time or delay what's important.
  • Families can talk about the movie's message about time management and family unity. How do the characters all make choices that show they've learned the big lesson?
  • Do you think the movie's violence has less impact because it's cartoonish and no one seems to really get hurt? Is unrealistic violence less disturbing?
  • How does the movie compare to the other Spy Kids films? Do you think the series should continue?
  • How is Cecil's hearing depicted? Do his hearing aids affect him negatively or positively?
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POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
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