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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams | 2002 | PG | - 1.3.1

The Cortez kids (Daryl Sabara and Alexa Vega) are official OSS operatives now, but they are frustrated by not getting any "good" assignments. When Juni Cortez is framed for stealing a top-secret device that can shut down all of the earth's technology, he's fired from the OSS. So, with the help of their parents (Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino) and grandparents (Ricardo Montalban and Holland Taylor), their new mission becomes clearing Juni's name and saving the planet from the real culprit. Also with Steve Buscemi, Emily Osment and Matt O'Leary. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A girl has an apparent crush on a boy (she primps and flirts when she sees him). A girl wears a tight-fitting outfit that reveals her bare abdomen. Men and women dance together, and a girl and boy dance.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A girl on a very high peak is threatened by animated skeletons; they fight with swords, she kicks them (knocking some of their heads off), and a boy fights them with a sword knocking many down and off the peak. Two men fight with punches, kicks, headbutts, chokeholds, and one is hit on the head with a metal gadget. We see many strange mutated creatures on an island -- a gorilla/spider, a snake/lizard, a bird/pig, etc. Two mutated creatures (a gorilla/spider and a snake/lizard) with boys on their backs fight; one is shoved over a ledge, grabs the other before falling and is pulled back up; a stone column collapses onto one of the creatures. We see, in silhouette, small, mutated creatures growing to monstrous size and apparently attacking a man. People (children and adults) are threatened by the creatures in a few scenes, they are chased and snapped at and two girls are snatched up into the air by a flying pig that drops them in its nest. Two girls jump from a high tree limb (using a parachute) and land on the ground. Two boys fight shoving each other around. A group of girls and boys fight with some men; the young people punch, kick and flip the men onto the floor, and one girl juggles and flings spoons hitting one man in the head. A boy and girl fall into a pit, which leads them to a cavern with skeletons hanging from the walls. A boy falls into a volcano, a girl grabs him and they both begin to fall toward boiling lava below (it turns out to be an illusion). A boy and girl dart through some peaks on a flying machine and are attacked by snake/lizards who snap at them, causing the children to jump and land hard on the ground. Two children floating in an ocean are attacked from behind by two sea serpents with very long, pointed fangs which puncture their floatation devices and send them scooting across the water's surface landing on shore. Two other children are bounced across the surface by the same serpents. A man is surrounded by mutated creatures and is terrified. A submarine with two children inside shuts down and the children must abandon ship and swim to the surface. Two children traveling very fast in a submarine are flung against the windshield when the ship suddenly stops. There is a discussion about two children being missing. A man threatens to destroy another man and his family. A girl rides up in an amusement park ride, disables it, climbs out onto the structure high above the ground, then four other young people scale the structure and one boy brings her down to the ground on a wire. A group of men wear headgear that apparently has magnets attached to the top and they are gathered up by a large airborne magnet that hovers over them and pulls them up. A man has four heads (three of which are twisted and distorted) and four hands (three of which are also distorted). Some characters with thumbs for heads, arms and legs, fall from a height and land hard on the floor. A man yells when he opens a shutter covering a window and sees a woman on the other side. We visit an amusement park and are given a tour of some of the rides that look uncommonly fast and scary: The Whipper Snapper whips passengers in a car at the end of a tether, The Vomiter spins riders who eventually vomit (we see some greenish goo splatter on a clear umbrella and hear someone heaving while on the ride), and The Juggler tosses riders into the air, "juggling" them. People drink drugged champagne and fall unconscious. A small bug-looking robot dashes and darts through a hallway nearly being hit and stepped on by humans and it is briefly dunked into a cup of coffee. A boy and girl fall into a pile of camel dung and the boy spits some out of his mouth. A robot picks a boy's nose (the boy's back is turned to us). A boy and girl pull a tooth out of each other's mouths using pliers. A girl kicks a boy and punches him in the nose. An electronic device is turned on and everything begins to shake. We see a small robot after it has been squashed -- there are wires and pieces dangling from it. A robot hand, trying to feed a boy, pokes him in the head with french fries. A woman pulls a man's fake mustache off.

SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking champagne.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 near scatological term, 2 mild anatomical terms and some name-calling.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family spying, computer hacking, paranoia, neglectful parents, competition, jealousy, the Bermuda Triangle, illusions, science, genetic experimentation, mental telepathy, mutation, greed.

MESSAGE - Ostensibly, we must never rely solely on gadgets to get us out of problem situations, our brains are the only things that can give us the answers we need; practically, though, gadgets rule. Family should always come first.

(Note: A man talks about God fearing what he has created.)

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