Robert Rodriguez’s Latest Cash Run — er, I mean, Spy Kids 4 Trailer

Let’s face it, even if you’re a fan of the franchise, you gotta admit, the “Spy Kids” movies are really badly written, badly acted, badly directed, and just in general, really bad movies. Unlike most franchises, the suckiness started pretty much with the first one, and got progressively worst with each new installment. But you know what? I don’t begrudge Robert Rodriguez for doing them again and again. They’re like his own personal bank. When he needs some cash, he spends however many months it takes to grind out a new “Spy Kids” movie and voila — cash replenished! And so, I give you, the trailer for “Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World”.

On the surface, Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) has it all…married to a famous spy hunting television reporter, a new baby and intelligent twin step kids. But in reality, trying to mother Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook), who clearly don’t want her around, is her toughest challenge yet. Also, her husband, Wilbur (Joel McHale), wouldn’t know a spy if he lived with one which is exactly the case – Marissa’s a retired secret agent. Marissa’s world is turned upside down when the maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) threatens to take over the planet and she’s called back into action by the head of OSS, home of the greatest spies and where the now-defunct Spy Kids division was created. With Armageddon quickly approaching, Rebecca and Cecil are thrust into action when they learn their boring stepmom was once a top agent and now the world’s most competitive ten year olds are forced to put their bickering aside and rely on their wits. With a little help from a couple of very familiar Spy Kids, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara), and some mind-blowing gadgets, they just may be able to save the world and possibly bring their family together while they’re at it.

Starring Jessica Alba, Joel McHale, Jeremy Piven, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara.

Rodriguez’s wallet gets big again August 19, 2011

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