Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 3D

Rated PG 89 minutes 2011

Having already struck the 3D barrel’s bottom with its last, third installment, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World goes the extra step to deliver a new gimmicky way to repel: "4-D," otherwise known as Aroma-Scope, which is basically a card with scratch-and-sniff scents to be “enjoyed” when the movie prompts. Even without such olfactory obnoxiousness, writer/director Robert Rodriguez’s fourth entry in his kiddie franchise is, like its predecessors, a tediously cartoonish candy-colored rollercoaster. Rebooting the action-comedy series via a “next generation” tale, the film finds fresh heroes in Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook), who are called into secret-agent duty against the evil Timekeeper after learning that their stepmom (Jessica Alba) is actually a super-spy. Wielding wild gizmos and accompanied by their talking robotic dog (voiced by Ricky Gervais), the young duo navigate madcap videogame-esque hijinks defined primarily by cheesy CG effects and copious poop jokes, from Alba dispatching a villain with a dirty diaper to the robo-pup dropping doo-doo bombs. A message about cherishing time with loved ones is as tacked on as its performances are broad (especially Jeremy Piven, in multiple funny-voiced roles). Between its lame slapstick and bevy of odors that potently recall New Jersey Turnpike factory chemicals, this Spy Kids manages to both figuratively and literally stink.

Film Credits

Official Site: spykidsmovie.net

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Writer: Robert Rodriguez

Producer: Robert Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellan

Cast: Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Joel McHale, Rowan Blanchard, Mason Cook, Antonio Banderas, Danny Trejo and Alexa Vega

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