A controversial portrayal of teens in New York City which exposes a deeply disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The film focuses on a sexually reckless, freckle-faced boy named Telly, whose goal is to have sex with as many different girls as he can. When Jenny, a girl who has had sex only once, tests positive for HIV, she knows she contracted the disease from Telly. When Jenny discovers that Telly's idea of "safe sex" is to only have sex with virgins, and is continuing to pass the disease onto other unsuspecting girls, Jenny makes it her business to try to stop him.
“The Wise Kids” is an exploration of the growing pains of Christian teenagers in a Baptist church in Charleston, S.C., who confront uncertainties about their sexuality and faith.
2012-03-15 | STEPHEN HOLDEN | Read the New York Times Review of The Wise Kids
Robert Rodriguez ("Desperado") has taken his family-friendly series of children's adventure films, "Spy Kids," into the realm of three-dimensions with this sequel, an enjoyable, noisy romp that trots out all of the gimmicks that have made the format fun since its brief, first crest of popularity in the early 1950's. Returning as Mr. Rodriguez's tweener protagonists are Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara as Carmen and Juni Cortez, sister and brother junior agents for the top-secret O.S.S. agency who step in for their overworked parents, played by Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino, whenever national security requires extra reinforcement. — Dave Kehr
2003-07-25 | Dave Kehr | Read the New York Times Review of Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
Wilder, louder and even more stuffed with brightly colored action effects than the first one, this messy, kinetic sequel establishes Robert Rodriguez as our premier kiddy-action director. Alexa Vega, meanwhile, is a multicultural action star to put Vin Diesel to shame. The movie is a raucous amusement-park ride that is naughty without descending into coarseness and sweet-natured without being gooey. I would attempt a plot summary — there's intrigue at the grown-up spy agency, a pair of rival spy kids and a mad scientist with a menagerie of genetically engineered monsters, and an appearance by Grandma and Grandpa — but I'm still trying to figure it all out. But who needs coherence when you're having this much fun? — A. O. Scott
2002-08-07 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
A notion-stuffed toy of a movie from the director of "Desperado" and "From Dusk to Dawn," who must have felt the need to make a movie his children could see. When superspies-turned-parents Gregorio (Antonio Banderas) and Ingrid (Carla Gugino) return to the espionage workforce and are captured, their children, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Junie (Daryl Sabara), must come to the rescue. The visual scheme is cheery and clean — a rec room with 24-hour maid service — and the production design could have come from the Play-Doh Fun Factory. Rodriguez adds Roald Dahl, Marvel Comics and B-pictures to this mix, which combines all childrens' fantasies — they could easily handle spy-movie heroics — with all childrens' nightmares: their parents are much cooler than they could ever have imagined. — Elvis Mitchell
2001-03-30 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Spy Kids