On a mission to decode “Spy Kids”

Out of the movies we were given to watch, I chose Spy Kids. I love that movie and I haven’t seen it in a very long time so I figured I should watch it. Plus, how cool is it that we get to watch an entertaining movie for a class?!?! Anyways, basically Spy Kids is a movie in which there is a family and the parents were previously spies before having 2 children. Many secret agents go missing from the OSS, the spy¬†organization the parents belong to, so the parents go on one more mission to find them. They end up getting captured and the children go on an adventure to save them.

The movie definitely illustrates many of the different themes and common patterns displayed in other spy movies. A theme of many spy movies is the fact that there are crazy tasks they have to complete. First, in Spy Kids, the children have to save their parents after just learning they are spies. Not sure I could’ve done that at their age let alone now. Secondly, the parents have to face the daunting task of finding the secret agents and figuring out how to turn them back into human beings since they were turned in monsters called “fooglies.” Another commonality in spy movies are the awesome gadgets and gizmos! When the kids arrive at the safe house, they find a bunch of cool spy contraptions including jet packs, radar watches, and smart glasses. Their uncle also invents spy equipment. Another theme is that the spies are working undercover. The parents in the movie were undercover for many years, keeping their true selves from their children for around 10 years. Many times in spy films, something bad will happen to the spy if they get caught and don’t comply with the demands of the captor, something bad will happen. In Spy Kids, Minion and Floop demand the “third brain” to complete their army of spy kids. They threaten to turn the parents into fooglies if the parents don’t tell them where the third brain is.

I think what defines a secret agent or spy is bravery. The parents were brave to go on the mission to save their fellow secret agents and friends even though something could go wrong and they might never be able to see their children again. The children were brave because they were thrown into a complicated situation very fast, but adjusted well and showed fearlessness while going to save their parents. I don’t think you have to be “cool” or “suave” to be a spy. It’s truly on the inside that counts.

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