Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Produced by Robert Rodriguez
Executive producers
Bob Weinstein
Robert Rodriguez
Elizabeth Avellan
Written by Robert Rodriguez
Starring Jessica Alba
Joel McHale
Alexa Vega
Daryl Sabara
Rowan Blanchard
Mason Cook
Ricky Gervais
Jeremy Piven
Music by Robert Rodriguez
Carl Thiel
Cinematography Robert Rodriguez
Editing by Robert Rodriguez
Studio Troublemaker Studios
Distributed by Dimension Films
The Weinstein Company
Release date(s) August 19, 2011 (2011-08-19)[1]
Running time 89 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $27 million[3]
Box office $67,435,945 [4]

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World is an American 4D family-oriented adventure film directed by Robert Rodriguez and the fourth installment in the Spy Kids series. It was released on August 19, 2011. Filming began on October 27, 2010.[1] It is the first of the series that uses "Aromascope" that allows people to smell odors and aromas from the film via scratch & sniff cards (reminiscent of the infamous 1960s Smell-O-Vision)[5] last used theatrically in the 2003 animated film Rugrats Go Wild.



Marissa, (Jessica Alba) is trying to fight a villain named Tick-Tock (Jeremy Piven), when she goes into labor with a baby girl named Maria and manages to defeat him and send him to jail. She decides to retire so she doesn't put her stepchildren or her newborn in danger or find out about her being an agent. The film then revolves around twins named Rebecca and Cecil Wilson (Rowan Blanchard and Mason Cook) who always bet and compete against each other. Rebecca has no respect for her stepmother as she think she can't replace her mother since their mother has died, and their spy-hunting reporter father Wilbur Wilson (Joel McHale) has little time to spend with them and has to go to work and has not even caught one spy.

When Earth is threatened by an organization led by a hyperion mastermind mysteriously known as "the Timekeeper" (Jeremy Piven), Marissa is contacted and called back into action by the OSS and has to take the baby with her, leaving a red-sapphire necklace (the key to the Timekeeper's plan) with Rebecca. When the Timekeeper's thugs try to break into their home, Rebecca and Cecil escape and go into the Panic Room. A video is shown of Marissa, telling the children that she is a spy. They don't believe it until their dog Argonaut talks, as he is a robot dog, and they escape in rockets and go to the OSS but then are being chased until they avoid them by throwing bags of vomit at them. Carmen Cortez (Alexa Vega) helps them by letting them have gadgets as souvenirs and wait in a room but they escape and wreak havoc around the OSS.

They later go to a clock shop as they uncover a code to where the Timekeeper is hiding and become frozen by Tick Tock but Marissa and Carmen help them by activating their gadgets and they all escape. Wilbur witnesses the fight and becomes upset,and is fired after destroying the evidence that Marissa is a spy and he is upset she didn't tell him and when he thinks he needs to helps them out.

The OSS brings back Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara) since he is their best agent ever and they have Rebecca and Cecil stay back at the OSS so they don't cause trouble. But when the director of the OSS, Danger D'amo shows up and Rebecca notices his watch like the Timekeeper and Cecil scrambles the letters of his name saying Armageddon, they are locked in. They escape by setting Argonaut to attack mode and smashing the door. The OSS agents are all frozen except Juni because he doesn't have his badge on because Carmen threw it away. Juni uses his watch to connect to Rebecca and Cecil to get the necklace back, and he unfreezes all the agents.

However, with the end of the world pending and the necklace stolen by the Timekeeper, both Rebecca and Cecil find that they have no choice but take part in the battle. As they get some gadgets and help Marissa, Rebecca has to put her anger against Marissa aside to rescue the lives that are at stake and are able to get through Tick-Tock's minions. They stop the Timekeeper who reveals he is doing this to see his father back in time, as while working on something else, Danger got frozen as a boy and kept going back in time to see him and accept time the way it is. Once he realizes that the best way to use time is to make the most of it instead of trying to make things worse with time travel, he disables the Armageddon device and leaves the premises an older and wiser man. Rebecca tells Marissa that she and Cecil are her kids and "the best spies ever". Wilbur handcuffs Tick-Tock, knocks out his minions, and Argonaut comes with Maria. When Tick-Tock tries to charge Maria she flips him over her head and ends up with Marissa saying "Baby's first bad guy". [1] Rebecca and Cecil both say to the audience "You are activated."


  • Rowan Blanchard as Rebecca Wilson
  • Mason Cook as Cecil Wilson
  • Jessica Alba as Marissa Wilson[6] (née Cortez), Wilbur's wife, Maria's mom, Rebecca and Cecil's stepmom, Carmen and Juni's paternal aunt and presumably Gregorio and Machete's sister who is also a spy like her brother.
  • Joel McHale as Wilbur Wilson,[7][8] Marissa's husband, Maria, Rebecca and Cecil's dad, Carmen and Juni's resistance of partner and Gregorio and Machete's brother-in-law.
  • Alexa Vega as Carmen Cortez
  • Daryl Sabara as Juni Cortez
  • Danny Trejo as Isador "Machete" Cortez[1]
  • Belle and Genny Solorzano as Maria Wilson/Spy Baby (talking voice by Sarah Stewart)
  • Jeremy Piven as Danger D'Amo/Time Keeper and Tick Tock[1]
  • Ricky Gervais as the voice of Argonaut
  • Antonio Banderas as Gregorio Cortez[1](Uncredited, scenes cut)


Robert Rodriguez was prompted by an incident on the set of Machete to start envisioning a fourth film in the Spy Kids series. Star Jessica Alba had her then-one year old baby Honor Marie and was dressed to appear on camera when her diaper "exploded". Watching Alba change the diaper while trying not to get anything on her clothes prompted Rodriguez to think "What about a spy mom?"[9][10]

Production on the film was officially announced on September 25, 2009, six years after the release of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, by Dimension Films.[11] The script for the film was completed by Robert Rodriguez in December 2009.[12] The title for the film was officially revealed as Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World on March 24, 2010 as well as an August 2011 release window,[13] which was later updated to an August 19, 2011 release date.[14] Filming for the movie began in October 2010.[1] The teaser was released on May 26, 2011 during Kung Fu Panda 2 and June 3, 2011 during X-Men: First Class.

While Walt Disney Pictures was initially a part of the production,[15] they cut their own share in it and other recent films with the Weinsteins to 5% after the latter party lost their bid to reclaim Miramax Films,[16] though Disney still gets a soundtrack credit for some of the music featured in the film in the closing credits (namely, a theme from the first film).


Critical response

Spy Kids 4 has received generally negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes has given the movie a "Rotten" rating of 23% from 48 reviews, as of September 1st, 2011. Top Critics (8), have given the film a rotten rating of 25%. Emily from May I Have a Word? and her brother Eli gave the film a two thumbs down. However, CinemaScore polls reported that the average grade moviegoers gave the film was a B plus on an A plus to F scale.[17]

Box office

The film took in $4 million on its' opening day and $11.6 million over the three-day weekend, debuting in third place behind The Help and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. That was on the low end of expectations, but an exec. of The Weinstein Company said, "We're okay with this number. We're going to be in good shape with this film, and it will play for the rest of the summer". The following weekend, it dropped 48% to $6 million, and took sixth place, and on the following weekend, it earned an additional $6.8 million over the four-day Labor Day Weekend. As of September 10, 2011, the film has earned $32 million in the U.S and $47 million worldwide (it has only opened in a quarter of the foreign markets so far).


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  2. ^ "Title << British Board of Film Classification". British Board of Film Classification. 2011-08-11. http://www.bbfc.co.uk/BFF280346/. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  3. ^ Kaufman, Amy (August 18, 2011). "Movie Projector: 'Conan' may not conquer 'The Help'". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/08/movie-projector-conan-fright-night-one-day-spy-kids.html. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011)". Box Office Mojo. 2011-08-02. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=spykids4.htm. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  5. ^ "'Spy Kids 4' Hitting Theaters with an All-New Form of Smell-O-Vision". FirstShowing.net. 2011-06-24. http://www.firstshowing.net/2011/spy-kids-4-hitting-theaters-with-an-all-new-form-of-smell-o-vision/. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  6. ^ Russ Fischer (August 24, 2010). "Jessica Alba Starring in ‘Spy Kids 4′". /Film. http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/08/24/jessica-alba-starring-in-spy-kids-4/. Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ Russ Fischer (September 8, 2010). "Joel McHale Joins ‘Spy Kids: All the Time in the World’". /Film. http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/09/08/joel-mchale-joins-spy-kids-all-the-time-in-the-world/. Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Joel McHale Joining Spy Kids: All the Time in World - ComingSoon.net". ComingSoon.net. 2010-09-08. http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=69633. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  9. ^ Wilson, Lisa (2011-08-14). "Busy Alba relates to ‘Spy Kids’ mom | Movies | Entertainment | Toronto Sun". torontosun.com. http://www.torontosun.com/2011/08/12/busy-alba-relates-to-spy-kids-mom. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  10. ^ Thompson, Bob (2011-08-14). "Spy mom, real mom". ottawacitizen.com. http://www.ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/movie-guide/real/5252868/story.html. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  11. ^ Brendon Connelly (September 25, 2009). "Dimension Confirm Details of Scream 4, Spy Kids 4, An American Werewolf in London Redux and More". /Film. http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/09/25/dimension-confirm-details-of-scream-4-spy-kids-4-an-american-werewolf-in-london-redux-and-more/. Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  12. ^ Brendon Connelly (December 21, 2009). "Robert Rodriguez Sequel Log-Jam: More Machete, Sin City 2 and Spy Kids Reboot". /Film. http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/12/21/robert-rodriguez-sequel-log-jam-more-machete-sin-city-2-and-spy-kids-reboot/. Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  13. ^ Mike Moody (March 24, 2010). "'Spy Kids 4' to be released August 2011". DS Movies. Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/news/a210341/spy-kids-4-to-be-released-august-2011.html. Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  14. ^ Katey Rich (March 24, 2010). "Spy Kids 4 Sets August 2011 Release Date". Cinema Blend. http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Spy-Kids-4-Sets-August-2011-Release-Date-17721.html. Retrieved October 28, 2010. 
  15. ^ Disney's Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World (outdated)
  16. ^ Miramax movies, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Ron Tutor
  17. ^ Finke, Nikki (August 21, 2011). "‘Conan’, ‘Fright Night’, ‘Spy Kids 4D’ Flatline; ‘The Help’ Needs No Help At #1, ‘Apes’ #2". Deadline.com. http://www.deadline.com/2011/08/first-box-office-top-5-utter-confusion/. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 

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