After the Spy Kids trilogy, more family frolics from Robert Rodriguez as writer, director, producer and editor. This time, a rainbow-hued wishing stone appears the answer to bullied schoolboy Toby’s problems, but, as ever, it’s a case of being careful what you wish for. Before long, junior has to contend with rampaging crocodiles, a giant nasal bogey, thimble-sized aliens, his pal sprouting telephone ears and so forth.

The chaos comes so thick and fast that Rodriguez slices the action into a series of shorts as Toby (Jimmy Bennett) tries to get his head around events. This may have seemed a good idea at the time, but it holds up the flow, and makes a half-baked story even scrappier. You can’t fault the film’s exuberance, but it’s draggy in spots, with the grown-up cast (rotund James Spader’s sinister gadget magnate, William H Macy’s nervy bio-scientist) outshone by Jolie Vanier’s little terror – nattily monikered Helvetica Black.
Trevor Johnston


Genre: Family
Duration: 89 mintues
Released: Oct 15th
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Jimmy Bennett, Jake Short, Kat Dennings, Trevor Gagnon, Devon Gearhart, Jolie Vanier, Rebel Rodriguez, Leo Howard, Leslie Mann, Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, James Spader, Angela Lanza, Alejandro Rose-Garcia, Cambell Westmoreland
Language: English
Classification: G
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