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Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over | 2003 | PG | - 0.3.0

3-D glasses are required to watch the action sequences in this "Spy Kids" installment, which plays like a video game. Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara) is summoned back to the O.S.S. after having resigned his position as an agent. His sister Carmen (Alexa Vega) has been trapped in a video game by a mad genius known as the Toymaker (Sylvester Stallone). His mission is to enter the game, rescue Carmen and end the game before the Toymaker takes over the world. Also with Antonio Banderas, George Clooney and Ricardo Montalban. Directed by Robert Rodriguez. [1:25]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - Four boys admire a girl.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - People fight large robotic gorillas when they cross over from a virtual world into the real world: one man kicks one and bolts fly off it, one gorilla holds a girl in its claw and nearly puts her in its mouth (a boy jams the gorilla's jaw), and a man in a wheelchair flies into a gorilla's ear. A group of young people is threatened by robotic gorillas with long arms and claws and one young person is nearly grabbed by a claw. A robot crumbles and the pieces crash to the ground nearly hitting a boy. People are jostled and thrown around when the ground begins to shake (a few fall from perches). A man pokes at a small brain on a pedestal and there are a few other small brains around it. The 3-D effects create jump scenes when objects appear to come off the screen at the audience. The players inside the game have counters on their chests and if their number gets small enough they are thrown out of the game. A lava monster attacks young people hitting them with boulders, they sink into the lava and swim through a passage. Tinker toys chase a group of young people who jump off a cliff and skateboard along lava rivers. A girl and a boy fight with light sticks while on suspended platforms: the girl is hit and she disintegrates. A boy is zapped and he disintegrates. Two boys fight with light sticks while on suspended platforms: one is hit in the chest, one is grabbed with a claw and lifted in the air, and one is hit and falls back hard. Boys race on vehicles and use devices to try to cause the others to crash -- one throws a large pie, one throws an electrical stick that sends a jolt through another vehicle, one flips off his vehicle, grabs onto another and is dragged some distance, and one uses a boxing glove and tries to hit another boy. Vehicles go straight up a ramp and straight down another (one misses and crashes between), and one is nearly grabbed by a huge claw. A boy and a girl face off in robotic suits: they fight throwing each other onto the ground, causing each other to fall to the ground or crash into walls. A man hits a man in the face. A girl swings at a girl and her hand passes through her (she's a hologram). A boy is told that his sister is missing and that she is being held prisoner in a video game. A boy inside a game is attacked by "Pogo-Toads" who shoot out their tongues at him, he grabs one and spins it knocking down the others. A boy in a game jumps against a target that propels him through space and he crashes on the moon. A woman shoves a man. We see animated characters (Thumb-Thumbs) re-enacting the storyline from the first "Spy Kids" movie and we hear about parents being in danger and a young man leaving his family. Miniature sharks in a bowl jump up trying to bite a boy's fingers. A boy trips and falls.


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LANGUAGE 0 - None.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, video games, mad geniuses, misunderstood geniuses, mind control, greed, revenge, forgiveness, deception, second chances.

MESSAGE - It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game. One should be able to forgive oneself, as well as others.

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