Marissa also has a new baby girl to contend with, one who’s especially challenged when it comes to bodily functions (cue the seemingly requisite toilet humor).
Marissa is called back into service when the wicked Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) threatens to unleash Project Armageddon, the “ultimate weapon” that takes away all the time in the world. While he’s undeniably a villain, Timekeeper’s message nonetheless hits home: “You’re all guilty of wasting time on mindless pursuits instead of spending time with each other and the things that really matter,” he declares.
Her true identity revealed, the stepmom is suddenly very cool to the younger generation, and Rebecca and Cecil also join the struggle as Spy Kids, members of the “elite juvenile division” of the OSS. They’re assisted by Argonaut (voice of Ricky Gervais), a talking robot dog whose ability to expel bombs from you-know-where comes in handy.
As they learn to work together as a family to rescue humanity, the Wilsons discover that time is a precious commodity that must be used wisely.
“Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D” is written and directed, with a winning sense of fun, by series creator Robert Rodriguez.
The film contains light comic-book action and mildly rude humor. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II – adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG – parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
McAleer is a guest reviewer for Catholic News Service.