10 Best Spy Movies For Children | ScreenRant
Most children won't be able to handle the adult themes of the best Bond movies, but there are several serviceable secret service films for kids.
Car chases, evil villains, and cool gadgets make an interesting spy movie that anyone wants to watch. But, to be realistic, not all age groups can watch James Bond movies' riveting and somewhat adult content.
Thankfully, there are some age-appropriate spy movies that parents will happily let their children watch. The only difference is that these movies have a lot more fun and lighthearted comedy. Parents will even find themselves watching along and might find their children pretending to be the ultimate secret agent.
10 The Spy Next Door (2010)
Jackie Chan took on a different type of action-packed role in the 2010 movie The Spy Next Door. Fans of the action star will even get a good kick out of the storyline. In true Jackie Chan fashion, the movie has Chan performing all of his death-defying stunt work.
Chan plays the role of Bob Ho. Bob is an undercover CIA operative who retires after putting away a Russian terrorist. His dreams of having a normal life and marrying his longtime girlfriend get tricky; when his girlfriend has to leave urgently, he's tasked with babysitting his future stepchildren. It's not easy as they don't take kindly to Bob and to add more drama, the Russian terrorist comes after him and the secret formula for an oil-eating bacteria.
9 Get Smart (2008)
Get Smart gained traction for its unique Hollywood cast of well-known actors. Steven Carrell starred as Maxwell Smart alongside Anne Hathaway and Dwayne Johnson. The movie is a good spy romp for young audiences and is even liked by some adults.
Max is an analyst at a secret government agency. His dream is to become an agent in the field, but he is denied due to his importance as an analyst. When the agency is attacked by a terrorist, the secret identities of its agents are revealed. Max is their only shot and promoted to become an agent and stop a terrorist.
8 Cats & Dogs (2001)
Cats & Dogs will have child viewers looking at their beloved furry pet a little differently. The 2001 comedy movie's main characters are cats and dogs who have a long-standing rivalry in espionage. The adorable furry characters combined with the use of a spy storyline will enthrall audiences.
The storyline is comical but full of drama as the cats and dogs of the neighborhood work in secret against each other. The main cat character hopes to stop the creation of a new vaccine that will rid humans of dog allergies. It's up to a Beagle and his comrades to stop the Cats from executing their plan.
7 Alex Rider: Stormbreaker (2006)
For adult audiences who grew up in the early 2000s, Alex Rider: Stormbreaker might jog some memories. It's a perfect spy movie to show a child audience. The movie is based on the character and storyline of Anthony Horowitz's novel series, Alex Rider. Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) lived a normal teenage life until his uncle is killed.
Ryder soon learns that his uncle's life was a cover for his real occupation as an MI6 secret agent. MI6 recruits Ryder, as his uncle was secretly training him for years. Ryder is sent to gather intel on an advanced computer system being given away to schools across Britain called Stormbreaker. The movie and novel's character was rebooted into a series in 2020.
6 The Sleepover (2020)
The Sleepover is a new addition to the action-comedy genre on Netflix that debuted in 2020. The movie has some familiar Hollywood actors like Joe Manganiello and Ken Marino. This isn't the run-of-the-mill spy movie, seeing as there's no secret spy agency, but it follows all the markers of a spy movie.
Clancy Finch's (Sadie Stanley) brother witness their mother and father being abducted during his sleepover. After warning his sister and friends, they learn from United States Marshals Agent Henry Gibbs (Erik Griffin) that their mother is in Witness Protection. Their mother was the crime boss of a crime syndicate, and it's up to the children to follow her clues and save their parents.
5 My Spy (2020)
A six-foot burley secret agent and a nine-year-old tangled into a spy comedy movie sound like a win. entails the story of US Special Forces soldier turned CIA operative, JJ (Dave Batista). After botching his first mission, he and a tech operator are tasked with finding the plans for a miniature nuclear bomb wanted by Victor Marquez (Greg Bryk), a French illegal arms dealer.
JJ's boss suspects the plans to have been stashed away at Byrk's brother's home where his wife and daughter reside. The two operatives didn't suspect nine-year-old Sophie (Chloe Coleman) to find their surveillance and infiltrate their mission. She promises to stay quiet as long as she's involved in the mission and learns to be a spy.
4 Spies In Disguise (2019)
Audiences will be in for a treat with the animated 2019 movie, . It's one of the many named movies voiced by an MCU actor; Tom Holland voiced the role of Walter Beckett, a young scientist tasked with helping a renowned secret agent. When secret agent Lance Sterling (Will Smith) is accused of being a traitor, he searches for Walter his concealment invention.
Sterling unknowingly ingests a concoction that transforms him into a pigeon. Before Watler can develop a cure, the cybernetically enhanced terrorist, Killian (Ben Mendelsohn) strikes. Not only do Sterling and Walter have to stop Killian, but they must avoid being captured by the H.T.U.V. secret agency.
3 The Tuxedo (2002)
The Tuxedo was a fan favorite science fiction action-comedy movie starring Jackie Chan. James "Jimmy" Tong (Chan) is known for his impressive speed and skills as a taxi driver. One day, he drives the wealthy and mysterious, Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs).
Jimmy lands a job as Devlin's chauffeur. When Devlin is attacked and sent into a coma, Jimmy learns that his boss is an undercover spy for a secret government agency. There's a catch, as Devlin had unique skills thanks to a high-tech spy tuxedo. Vowing to seek justice for his boss, Jimmy wears the tuxedo to stop a terrorist organization disguised as a conglomerate company.
2 Agent Cody Banks (2003)
Agent Cody Banks was the spy movie for young audiences in the 2000s, and it still holds up today. The movie combined the desire to becomes a secret spy and teen awkwardness. It's one of actor Frankie Muniz's well-known big-screen works from his career. He stars as Cody Banks, a 15-year-old high schooler who applies to be a covert spy for the Central Intelligence Agency's Special Activities Division.
By day, Cody deals with being an awkward teen, but he attends a disguised summer camp that's actually a kid spy training program. With top marks, Cody is tasked to go on his first real mission. A scientist is employed by a sketchy SPECTRE-type organization named ERIS. Cody has to get close to the scientist's daughter at a prep school to gain intel. There's one problem, Cody isn't anywhere near as suave as James Bond.
1 Spy Kids (2001)
Spy Kids is the number one children's movie when it comes to kid characters who save the day. The movie is a cult classic in the spy adventure comedy genre. Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara) go about their day as normal until learning that their lame parents are actually secret spies for the O.S.S. organization.
The O.S.S. suspects children's television host Fegan Floop to be behind the disappearance of other agents and Carmen and Juni's parents. Carmen and Juni use their training and what they know to become agents and get their parents back. The success of the movie led to several franchise installments.
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