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.

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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.

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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).

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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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The 10 Funniest Things To Happen In The Metal Gear Solid Series

Metal Gear Solid may be most known for its drama and often confusing plot but it also delivered plenty of hilarious moments in its history.

Hideo Kojima's  franchise started out as a stealth action title, but it soon ballooned into a highly complex (some would say convoluted) story about a vast conspiracy that spans decades. Whatever the case, the games are known for their dark content and frightening political and social undertones.

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They're also known for jabbing players in the ribs with some hilarious moments to cut the tension. There are plenty of moments to laugh at cross the spectrum of every Metal Gear Solid title, whether it's a surprise party in the player's honor, the breaking of the fourth wall in unapologetic fashion, or low-brow toilet humor.

10 Mei Ling Loses It (Metal Gear Solid)

It's safe to say that Mei Ling is one of the cutest characters in the Metal Gear Solid series, and it seems incomprehensible that she'd fly off the handle at any given time. Still, everyone has their breaking point, and the player can trigger it in the first Metal Gear Solid with a bit of good old-fashioned trolling.

Calling Mei Ling repeatedly on the codec system while refusing to save the game will inevitably drive her bonkers. If the player keeps it up long enough, she'll eventually lose it and stick her tongue out at you. It's an adorable guilty pleasure.

9 The Stereo/Mono Guilt Trip (Metal Gear Solid)

The first Metal Gear Solid was notorious for breaking the fourth wall every few minutes or so, to hilarious effect. One of the best, yet most obscure examples of this occurs if the player hasn't changed the game's audio output from mono to stereo.

When Snake prepares to battle Liquid in the Hind-D helicopter, Campbell contacts him over codec and advises him to use his ears to determine which direction the Hind is coming from. If the game is set to mono, Campbell, Naomi, and Mei Ling will display shock that the player isn't using a stereo TV. Ever dutiful and supportive, Campbell will patronize Snake by telling him that there's more to being a good person than having a stereo television.

8 The Pretty Girl Distraction (Metal Gear Solid 2)

The opening act of features Solid Snake infiltrating a large tanker housing the Metal Gear Ray, which is attacked by Colonel Gurlukovich and his men. Snake eventually makes his way into a large auditorium where military personnel are watching a briefing via projector screen.

Snake can either use this distraction to sneak his way past, or he can mess around with the projector for laughs. If the player keeps hitting the projector button, a pretty girl pops up on the opposite screen, immediately catching the attention of all the men in the auditorium. Eventually, both screens will fill up with the video of the girl, and the men won't know which way to turn. One more press and both screens fill up with the commanding officer, triggering an alert status.

7 Naked Raiden Flips (Metal Gear Solid 2)

The interrogation scene from Metal Gear Solid 2 was meant to elicit memories of the infamous Revolver Ocelot torture scene from the original game, but it went a step further. This particular entry in the franchise was big on deadpan humor, despite its rather ominous storyline.

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When lead protagonist Raiden manages to escape from his confines, he's naked as a bear and clutching his privates. That doesn't stop the player from being able to flip all over the place, which looks utterly and patently ridiculous. Perhaps that was the point.

6 The Russian Glowcap Conversation (Metal Gear Solid 3)

One of the biggest changes to the Metal Gear Solid franchise came in the third chapter when the developers decided to add survival mechanics to the game. Snake could consume a variety of flora and fauna to restore his health while bestowing temporary secondary effects.

A hilarious conversation ensues when Snake devours a Russian Glowcap mushroom and tells Para-Medic that it has recharged his batteries. Confused, she steps away from the codec to have a conversation with Sigint where they poke fun at how gullible Snake really is, before returning to basically validate his ignorance.

5 Raiden's Time Paradox (Metal Gear Solid 3)

This one comes courtesy of the Secret Theater mode present on the 2nd disc of Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence. It's from a collection of hilarious parody videos that poke fun at the Metal Gear universe, and the best of the bunch is definitely "Snake Eraser," featuring none other than Raiden, himself.

The premise is simple: Raiden wants to be the lead character in the upcoming Metal Gear Solid 4, and in order to do so, he travels back through time, Terminator-style, to take out Big Boss, thereby preventing Solid Snake from being created. He bumbles his way from one hilarious scene to the next, each time being chastised by Roy Campbell for initiating a time paradox. It has to be seen to be believed, and YouTube is the place to go to check it out.

4 Akiba In The Barrel (Metal Gear Solid 4)

Johnny, otherwise known as Akiba, has been around since the early days of Metal Gear Solid. This gastric-challenged soldier was the butt (literally) of jokes across multiple games, acting as comic relief more than anything else.

In Metal Gear Solid 4, Akiba makes a series of appearances beginning with a bout of diarrhea while hiding inside a barrel. When an enemy soldier pulls the barrel off of him, Akiba runs off with his pants down, and a foot chase ensues. How this guy ever ended up marrying Meryl Silverburg is anyone's guess.

3 The Disc Swap Call (Metal Gear Solid 4)

The technological limitations of the fledgling 32-Bit era meant that Metal Gear Solid needed to be broken up on two PlayStation 1 discs in order to contain the massive story. Luckily, technology was about to break through into a new realm with the advent of Blu-Ray technology, which the PlayStation 3 helped secure as the dominant HD media platform.

Metal Gear Solid 4 plays on this when Snake returns to Shadow Moses island later on in the game. Otacon contacts him on codec and tells him to swap to Disc 2 to continue the story, before suddenly remembering that the game is packed onto a Blu-Ray disc, with massive storage capabilities. It's a funny breaking of the fourth wall, especially when Snake shows his annoyance.

2 Box Panic (Metal Gear Solid 5)

The Metal Gear Solid series is known for using boxes not just as a means of cover and camouflage, but also as an in-game joke. Metal Gear Solid 4 played this up to hilarious effect, but the fifth entry in the series takes it up a notch by giving the player the ability to freak soldiers out with it.

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If the player spooks an enemy, they may contact CP to ask permission to fire on the box. If the player manages to abandon the box without getting spotted, the soldier fires on it, examines it, and concludes that it was just a simple box. An audibly frustrated CP schedules a psych evaluation for the soldier.

1 The Birthday Party

One of the most overlooked gems of Metal Gear Solid 5 takes place after the player has input their date of birth before starting. Once that big day arrives, the game will recognize it and translate that into a surprise birthday celebration for Venom Snake when he returns to Mother Base.

Snake arrives, only to find everyone missing. Cautious, he draws his gun, only to get the surprise of his life when they all come out and sing a special happy birthday song for him, complete with a Diamond Dogs cake. He attempts to light a cigar on it, but is stopped and forced to blow the candles out, to everyone's delight.

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