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Spy Kids: All the Time in the World is the fourth film in the Spy Kids franchise. The film was marketed as "4D", with the fourth dimension being smell. Theatergoers were given an "Aroma-scope", or a scratch-and-sniff card with instructions to use at various points in the movie.

The film starts with a pregnant Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) chasing down and capturing Tick Tock (Jeremy Piven). She is married to Wilbur Wilson (Joel McHale), though she doesn't reveal she's a spy. Marissa has two step-children, Cecil (Mason Cook) and Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard), and a dog named Argonaut (voiced by Ricky Gervais).

A year later, Wilbur's children don't really like their stepmother. In an effort to make amends with them, Marissa gives them her necklace, which has the Chronos Sapphire. Marissa learns that Tick Tock has escaped and is making time speed up with his Armageddon device. Tick Tock sends his minions to retrieve the Chronos Sapphire, which is the only known element to stop his device. Cecil and Rebecca escape and go to the OSS headquarters, where the kids meet Marissa's niece Carmen Cortez, who introduces them to the old Spy Kids Division. The kids find themselves in a race against time to stop Tick Tock and the Time Keeper.

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Spy Kids: All the Time in the World contains examples of:

  • AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle: Cecil is constantly called SAY-sil (which comes out sounding like see-saw) except by Argonaut, which pronounces it more correctly as say-SIL, even if it should be seh-SIL.
  • An Aesop: Spend time with your kids.
  • And I Must Scream: When Danger was young, he got in the way of an experiment which caused him to be frozen in time. No matter how hard the scientists tried, they could only leave him in that state. By the time he was freed, he'd been in that state long enough to watch the people around him, including his father, grow more feeble and eventually die. And because of it, his ambition was to go back in time just to relive that time period.
  • Battle Discretion Shot: Cecil turns off the lights before he knocks down a bunch of Mooks. All we see is his glowing gloves punching everywhere.
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  • Brother-Sister Team: Cecil and Rebecca are the main ones, though Carmen and Juni also get back together.
  • Call-Back:
    • When Rebecca and Cecil find out Marissa works for the OSS...
      Rebecca: Impossible... she's not cool enough.
    • And when the Wilsons and Carmen are surrounded by enemy agents at the hideout...
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The Timekeeper steps out of the frame after disabling the Armageddon device and is never seen again.
  • Clockworks Area: The Timekeeper's hideout has an element of this, as well as the spherical dome holding the Armageddon device underneath the OSS building.
  • Distant Sequel: The film takes place quite a few years after the previous film.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Wilbur tells Cecil the important part of being a Spy Hunter is lifting an eyebrow.
    Wilbur: Here's the important part. Lift the eyebrow. Respect the golden arch. That's my secret.
  • Format Specific Joke: The Aroma-scope elements of the movie only work with a card, though that might not be a bad thing considering their poor reception.
  • Funny Background Event: Tick Tock yelling at his agents after Baby Spy accosts him with unexpected crop dusting.
  • Generation Xerox: Cecil and Rebecca's story closely mirrors that of Juni and Carmen in the first Spy Kids movie.
  • Held Gaze: Wilbur and Marissa Wilson have two between them, one right before The Big Damn Kiss at the end.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Lots of time-related puns.
  • Insistent Terminology: Cecil and Rebecca are not Marissa's kids. They are her stepkids.
  • I Work Alone: Juni works along for seven years. He eventually admits he did this because he felt it would be "uncool" to always keep working with his sister, so he struck out on his own, but ended up striking out instead.
  • Just a Kid: Rebecca and Cecil are instructed to stay behind with Argonaut and Spy-Baby as the rest of the OSS infiltrates The Timekeeper's hideout. They understandably mistake it for being grounded.
  • Kirk Summation: Rebecca and Cecil give one to the Time Keeper to convince him that his plans to travel back in time are only wreaking havoc on all the time in the world.
  • Maternity Crisis: Marissa goes into labor while she's chasing down Tick Tock, though she fights through it.
  • Quicksand Sucks: Marissa, Carmen, and Juni would've been smothered in The Time Keeper's special hourglass sands had Carmen not had her atomic lipstick on hand.
  • Significant Anagram: Cecil notices that Danger D'Amo is an anagram from Armageddon.
  • Spanner in the Works: Great job tossing your brother's tag in the trash, Carmen. You just single-handedly saved the world from the Armageddon device.
  • Third Is 3D: Taken a step further to Fourth Is 4D, with the added dimension being smell.
  • Time-Freeze Trolling Spree: Juni finds a way to unfreeze the OSS agents, but before he unfreezes Carmen he positions her hand so she's picking her nose.
  • Time Is Dangerous: The Time Keeper speeds up time, and the heroes are worried that there will be no time left. The Big Bad ultimately just wants to go back in time to save his father, but he just keeps creating clones of himself and things get worse.
  • Title Drop:
    • Wilbur tells his kids that if his show does well he'll have "all the time in the world" to spend with them.
    • The Time Keeper tells Cecil and Rebecca that the think they have "all the time in the world".
  • Toilet Humor: The movie has quite a few fart and poop gags, courtesy of the Spy Baby and Argonaut.
  • Tron Lines: Cecil's gloves glow, so when he turns off the lights they're the only thing we can see.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The Time Keeper to Tick Tock.
  • Visual Pun: During the transportation sequence, Rebecca's face temporarily gets placed on Cecil's rear end. Rebecca says something stinks and Cecil says he always knew she was a "butt-head".

Alternative Title(s): Spy Kids 4

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