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Overall Rating
2.94

Awesome: 20.59%
Worth A Look: 5.88%
Average41.18%
Pretty Bad: 11.76%
Total Crap: 20.59%

2 reviews, 22 user ratings


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Agent Cody Banks
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by EricDSnider

"Malcolm in a muddle"
3 stars

Unfortunately for “Agent Cody Banks,” someone already made a movie about spy kids, and it was called “Spy Kids.” They even made a second one, called “Spy Kids 2.” “Agent Cody Banks” is joining the game at a point when its derivative nature will be obvious to even the stupidest of children.

As rip-offs go, it is a fairly innocuous one, though I do think there are more references to Angie Harmon’s cleavage than a kid-friendly PG movie ought to have. Frankie Muniz (TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle”) plays Cody Banks, a typical teen who gets tongue-tied around girls and is having trouble with math, but who has secretly been trained by the CIA in matters of espionage. Even his parents don’t know about it; we catch a glimpse of it when he rescues a baby from a runaway car, subsequently disappearing into the crowd like an adolescent superhero.

Cody is called into action with a special assignment: Get close to Natalie Connors (Hilary Duff), whose scientist father (Martin Donovan) is making breakthroughs in nano-technology — “microscopic robots,” we are told, helpfully. In the wrong hands, this technology could endanger the world.

Under the tutelage of Bond girl-ish Ronica Miles (Harmon), who insists she is his handler and NOT his partner, Cody embarks on the dangerous mission of talking to Natalie and, even scarier, becoming her boyfriend. There is some comedy in this that will surely appeal to the film’s target audience, who are no doubt intimately and recently familiar with such trauma.

On “Malcolm in the Middle,” Muniz is the straight man amidst other, more colorful characters. Here, he is asked to carry a film — an action film, no less — and he simply doesn’t have the personality for it.

Speaking of things without personality, let’s talk about the screenplay, which is credited to four writers. It is like “Spy Kids,” but without the wit or imagination — or, obviously, the originality — of that film. It has a darkness that is never fully explored: Cody was recruited by the CIA because they tracked him reading spy magazines and surfing for gadgets on the Internet. He didn’t want the job; he sort of had it thrust upon him. But the reluctant hero theme is underused. Cody Banks — like the film he stars in — does nothing more than glide through the motions.

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User Comments

8/27/08 Shaun Wallner Ugg boring!! 2 stars
5/15/08 PAUL SHORTT A HIGH ELEMENT OF SLEAZE AND A LOW ELEMENT OF INTELLIGENCE 1 stars
4/07/08 Alex bad. 1 stars
4/06/08 superfriek Why the heck did I watch this 1 stars
4/02/06 JRE why? again 2 stars
2/06/06 Anthony Feor Nothing too new or interesting 3 stars
12/30/04 tatum As formulaic as the recent Bond films; Duff is awful! 2 stars
8/14/04 rachael the movie was great and stop ragging on hilary. no one wants the negative comments. 4 stars
6/10/04 Chris The two leads both do a supurb job of sucking the life out of the movie, 1 stars
4/02/04 re a great film 5 stars
2/15/04 Jingo P. Duff and Munez need to be STOPPED before their dark reign spreads! STAND FIRM!!! 1 stars
12/25/03 anonymous Hilary's no beauty without all of her makeup 4 stars
10/24/03 Kae Shitty, Frankie is okay, Hilary another bitch poser "actress". She sucks, the movie sucks! 1 stars
9/20/03 Scott Olausen This movie is awesome because it has hilary duff in it. 5 stars
8/29/03 Ashley You and Frankie need to get back together 4 real 5 stars
8/20/03 nr AWESOME 5 stars
7/30/03 Alastair Hill Hilary Duff is soooooooooo buff, she was wicked, so was the film though! 5 stars
5/13/03 olivia great 5 stars
4/16/03 Lazlo MacGuire Incredibly average Bond ripoff for "tweens", but Hilary Duff's a beauty. Long may she reign 3 stars
3/30/03 HE A GREAT FILM 5 stars
3/17/03 Andrew Carden Contrived, Unfunny, and Tediously Overblown Kiddie Flick. Muniz is AWFUL. 1 stars
3/11/03 Kyle A bit below average kiddy fare. 2 stars
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USA
  14-Mar-2003 (PG)
  DVD: 28-Mar-2006

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Australia
  25-Sep-2003




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