I have much said that in decree to enjoy mindless movies like “ Transformers ”, we should “ leave our brains at the door of the cineplex ”. Well, in order to enjoy this “ Spy Kids ” sequel, we need to lower our IQ to the level of four-year olds ! ‘Mindlessness ‘ does n’t quite cut it, it is adolescent indulgence, meaning, it is only for kids below five.

And if you have been following the film ads and promos, you would know that this movie comes in 4D – with the add dimension of ‘smell ‘. For that, viewers are given a number card ( called Aroma-Scope ) so that they can scratch-and-smell when the number appears on the blind. This is a childish device aimed at kids. For adults, it is more of a nuisance because the scents are faint and the exercise distracts us from the action on the screen door. Although there are many fart and nincompoop scenes, the Aroma-Scope only provides scents of chewing mumble and other edible stuff ( thank good for that ). History has demonstrated that all smell-o-vision gimmicks largely stink.

Marissa Cortez Wilson ( Jessica Alba ) is such a dedicate spy that even when she is nine months pregnant, she manages to take down ill-famed villain Tick Tock ( Jeremy Piven ) before going into department of labor and retiring from her spy duties. Her target is to devote all her time to her newborn and her step-kids, Rebecca ( Rowan Blanchard ) and Cecil ( Mason Cook ) and hubby Wilbur ( Joey McHale ).

Soon, however, she may not have that a lot time. One class subsequently, Tick Tock and accomplice, The Timekeeper ( besides Piven ), are back at their try to rob the world of ‘time ‘ – and Rebecca, Cecil and their ‘guard frank ‘ Argonaut ( voice of Ricky Gervais ) must save the world ( what else ? ). besides, they team up with Marissa ‘s niece and nephew, Carmen and Juni Cortez ( Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara reprising their former Spy Kids roles ) to make this mission a kin reunion of sorts.

Writer-director Robert Rodriguez seems to be milking the same previous cinema-script cow, urging parents to spend more time with their kids. This ‘message ‘ has been used by about all family movies throughout the decade. The time-theft and time-travel conceits can be puzzling to children evening if they allow Rodriguez to make use of all sorts of time-related gags. Of course, Rodriguez can not resist the crap and fart gags, adenine well as throwing food all over the station. These, I understand, are the laugh-out-loud staple for american kids below five.

Among the cast, Blanchard and Cook are appropriately cute and effective as the new deed characters. Bringing back former Spy Kids, Vega and Sabara, is a estimable idea, adding a nostalgic touch for parents in the consultation. Ditto that for Danny Trejo ‘s unretentive cameo as Uncle Machete. however, the irony of Daddy Wilbur being a ‘Spycatcher ‘ on television receiver is lost on the kids and scores no points with the adults.

As for Jessica Alba ( as Marissa, the younger sister to Antonio Bandera ‘s character ), she provides the main box-office bait, nothing more. strictly kids ‘ thrust. ( limchangmoh.blogspot.com )