- Cast: Jessica Alba, Danny Trejo, Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega, Jeremy Piven, Joel McHale, Daryl Sabara, Tiger Darrow, RJ Smith-Tillman, Rowan Blanchard, Melissa Cordero, Mason Cook, Alcides Dias, Kevin A. Green, Roger Edwards, Annika Horne, Jett Good, Lisa Marie Kull, Tony Bottorff, Wray Crawford, Jarrod Bogan, Diane Bernard, Milli Osemele, Adam Moroz, Talitha Ledet, Rana Haddad, Lauren Sullivan
- Director: Robert Rodriguez
- Writer: Robert Rodriguez
- Producers: Elizabeth Avellan, Robert Rodriguez
- Associate Producer: Tom Proper
- Executive Producers: Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
- Castings: J.C. Cantu, Mary Vernieu
- D.O.P.: Jimmy Lindsey
- Editor: Dan Zimmerman
- Makeup: Jake Garber
On the surface, Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) has it all...married to a famous spy hunting television reporter, a new baby and intelligent twin step kids. But in reality, trying to mother Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook), who clearly dont want her around, is her toughest challenge yet.
Also, her husband, Wilbur (Joel McHale), wouldnt know a spy if he lived with one, which is exactly the case - Marissa's a retired secret agent. Marissa's world is turned upside down when the maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) threatens to take over the planet and she's called back into action by the head of OSS, home of the greatest spies and where the now-defunct Spy Kids division was created.
With Armageddon quickly approaching, Rebecca and Cecil are thrust into action when they learn their boring stepmom was once a top agent... now the worlds most competitive ten year olds are forced to put their bickering aside and rely on their wits. With a little help from a couple of very familiar Spy Kids, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara), and some mind-blowing gadgets, they just may be able to save the world and possibly bring their family together while they're at it.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: Austin, USA
- Production Budget: $40 million
- Production Companies: Dimension Films, Troublemaker Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
2011 Guide Analysis: "Something of a reboot of the family franchise which started well but became far too gimmicky and silly by the time of 2003's "Spy Kids 3D: Game Over". Seven years on with some better films under his belt, filmmaker Robert Rodriguez has dusted off the green screens and is back to deliver another CG-fuelled ride into the ridiculous.
Armed with an impressive $40 million budget and his Troublemaker Studios technical boffins, we can expect the typical colorful antics of the previous films. The cast however has been retooled with two young new leads, two different parental characters (Alba, McHale) and "Entourage" star Jeremy Piven as the antagonist of the piece.
Original cast members, including the now teenage kids themselves, will pop up. One has to ask though if the audience will show up. Most of the original film series' fanbase has grown up and moved on now, while newcomers might be turned off by the big fat '4' in the title. For now it's a wait for the first trailer to see if Rodriguez is going to reinvent the tone and style of the series along with his repopulation of the cast."