Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams

Theatrical Release: August 7, 2002
DVD Release: February 18, 2003
Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams


In this sequel to last year’s surprisingly popular family film, the junior agents Carmen and Juni Cortez, played again by Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara, are now full-fledged spies. But they find themselves upstaged by “new models,” Gary and Gertie Giggles, played by Matt O’Leary and Emily Osment. When a special energy-stopping device called the transmooker is stolen from the President, Juni gets blamed for the theft and demoted. And even worse, Gary and Gertie’s dad gets promoted ahead of Juni’s dad, Gregorio, played by Antonio Banderas.

To clear Juni’s name and get the device back, Carmen gets them sent to a hidden island to hunt for the stolen transmooker. However, they discover all their spy gadgets don’t work on the island. And it’s inhabited by strange genetic mutations like a flying pig, a half ape-half Spider monkey, and a part snake-part lizard, all created by scientist Romero, played by Steve Buscemi, who also invented the transmooker. It’s a race to retrieve the transmooker when Gary and Gertie show up.

Dove Review

There is not much in this film that would frighten young children but it should be noted that some animals are grown to life size, and some skeletons chase and duel with a character. Also, there is a four headed alien which is a bit bizarre. There is a character who says “Shitaké mushrooms” and it almost sounds like an obscenity. The plot will keep the kids’ attention, although the adults may find some of it a bit tedious. There are a lot of special effects and we approve the film for all ages, with the suggestion that parents consult the content chart below.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: A character says "Shitaké mushrooms" like an obscenity. Butt-3.
Violence: A character snaps a rubber band at another character; skeletons chase and duel a character; kids attack spies and kick them and jump on them; a girl punches a boy.
Drugs: Drinks; something in one drink makes adults pass out; a kid is offered champagne but refuses it.
Nudity: None
Other: Some gross humor like vomit on an umbrella, and a computer says a kid is picking his nose.


Company: Miramax Pictures
Genre: Action
Runtime: 100 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter