Volume 96, Issue 88
Tuesday, March 18, 2003

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MOVIE REVIEW: Agent Cody Banks

This mission was simply impossible

Agent Cody Banks
Starring: Frankie Muniz, Hilary Duff, Angie Harmon, Martin Donovan
Directed by: Harold Zwart

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BIG PIMPIN', SPENDIN' G'S. Frankie Muniz rides in style in Agent Cody Banks.

By Beth Hunwicks
Gazette Staff

Ever wondered what James Bond and Ethan Hunt were like as teenagers? Well, junior agent Cody Banks is your answer. Agent Cody Banks is a Die Another Day/Mission Impossible for kids, while still being somewhat amusing for adults.

The premise of Agent Cody Banks is as implausible as its adult counterparts: impressive high-tech weapons, nice cars and beautiful women. Banks manages to hit every one of the traditional Bond flick elements

Along with various other teens, Agent Banks (Frankie Muniz) has been selected to be trained as a junior CIA agent. He is suddenly called to duty when a diabolical scheme of mass destruction is discovered: Banks's mission is to get close to Lynne (Hilary Duff), the daughter of the Scientist (Martin Donovan), and find out what the evil foreign enemy is up to. The only problem is that Banks isn't quite suave enought to impress the popular Lynne, and to compensate, ends up attempting all sorts of adolescent methods of wooing.

With the help of Banks's voluptuous and sexy "partner" Ronica (Angie Harmon), Banks performs many random, adventurous feats in an attempt to stop evil.

Angie Harmon uses her obvious sex appeal throughout the movie. In true Bond form, there are countless sexy outfits and innuendos, mostly quite juvenile. Harmon supplies the teenage sex appeal for a younger audience, while always remaining tasteful.

As for the Mission Impossible gadgets, Banks delivers: from BMW skateboards and "suped-up" snow boards to ceiling-walking shoes and tracking devices, Banks has his hands full. Of course, nice cars and fast driving are also thrown in - a must for this movie genre.

There is some violence in Banks, but the desensitized kids of today probably won't even flinch. In addition, there are no graphic depictions of gore, which makes the film more appropriate for younger viewers.

While this movie isn't targeted for adults, it does have a certain appeal in an action-movie-spoof sense. It's probably not worth spending the hiked-up movie fees at a theatre, but if your kid sibling rents it, check the film out for comic value.


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