Spy Kids/Spy Kids 2/Spy Kids 3 (2001/2002/2003)
Chosen by Lauren Parker who had this to say: 'The Spy Kids films aren't exactly life changing but they are entertaining, even to us grown ups! You have to respect Rodriguez's efforts in making a film that Hispanic children can relate to, he's always been vocal in his intention to make these films for his children, it's just a bonus they've made millions along the way! They are just fun little movies, great Sunday afternoon fodder with very interesting casts ranging from Antonio Banderas, to Danny trejo and even Stallone himself. I don't have much to say about them, they are just fun films that never take themselves too seriously and I still love the skeleton fight in the second installment! Kids seem to love them and adults can enjoy them too, I still want to see the fourth!'
Rodriguez is a film maker whose films I always admire more than actually like. I love his approach in many ways, his boundless enthusiasm and sheer get out there and do it spirit carries across. But often they are pretty shoddy affairs. Writing is certainly not his strong suit (no one talks in a Rodriguez movie, they just spout horrid catchphrases at each other) but he normally has an interesting cast and an easy going effortless charm.
This is true for most of the Spy Kids flicks. Full of silly incidents designed to make undemanding children smile. There is a lot of fun to them.
Except the third one.
Which is mostly fucking awful.
The more talented of the two Spy Kids is mostly sidelined, Stallone is unfathomably bad and the dumb computer game plotline an excuse for dull 3D visuals and pointless non-sequiturs. Acting against all that green screen also seems to bring the worst out of Banderas, who tolerable in the first two gives a performance so bad it's hard to believe I just saw him in The Skin I live In (he's still better than Stallone though).