I hadn’t seen Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2 or Spy Kids 3-D, so I didn’t know quite what to expect. There were lots of little people in the audience, so I assumed the movie would be so ultra kid-friendly that the experience would be good for me because it meant time with my nephew – not because I’d love the movie itself.
But I did love the movie. It was sweet and thoughtful and funny. I don’t remember the last movie I saw that had such fantastic messages for kids.
There were so many messages.
- You are capable now.
- Be creative in your problem solving and trust that you are equipped to handle whatever task is before you.
- Work with your siblings, not against them.
- Appreciate time, and make the most of it today.
- Don’t hide the real you.
I hope my nephew absorbed those messages. I hope he felt empowered by seeing young people on stage talking about doing something they love so much that they can hardly describe it as “work.” I hope he recognized that the director isn’t some untouchable. He is a regular man with a mom and a dad and siblings. I hope the experience touched my nephew and inspired him. Also, I hope my nephew had a good time.
Some might say Spy Kids 4 is a movie for kids. I say it’s a movie for kids of all ages – even us bigger kids.