Release Date:  March 12, 2004
Rating:  PG (for action violence and some crude humor)
Genre:  Action/Comedy/Family/Adventure
Run Time: 100 minutes
Director: Kevin Allen
Actors:  Frankie Muniz, Anthony Anderson, Hannah Spearritt, Cynthia Stevenson, Daniel Roebuck, Anna Chancellor, Keith Allen,

Agent Cody Banks is at it again in an international caper that will leave little kids giggling.

Back at Kamp Woody (I really hope this isn’t a sexual innuendo) for the summer, Cody (Frankie Muniz) is recruited to hunt down the ex-director of the CIA, who is scheming to plant computer chips in the teeth of world leaders in order to, "mwa ha ha", control the world. Cody jets to London, where he poses as a clarinet player in an ensemble of musical prodigies. The only problem is, Cody doesn’t play the clarinet – and the villain is sharing his living quarters.

Muniz is okay, but I predict an upcoming nosedive for his career. Maybe success, dating and Porsche-driving have jaded the 18-year-old star of “Malcolm in the Middle” too much for him to maintain the boyish charm of his hit movie, “My Dog Skip.” Anthony Anderson (“Kangaroo Jack”), as Cody’s handler, plays his same sassy, slapstick role, and Cody’s love interest (Hannah Spearritt) is cute but unmemorable. Actually, the whole movie is – at least for adults.

Although the plot, dialogue and acting aren’t as good as the first “Cody Banks,” this one has ditched the crassness and sexual allusions favored by its original director (Harald Zwart). Kevin Allen (“The Big Tease”) is inexperienced, and it shows. The script (by Don Rhymer, “Big Momma’s House”) is shoddy. Cody’s handler says, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” to which Cody replies, “My name isn’t Jack.” Emily, Cody’s counterpart in British intelligence, says, “Don’t get your knickers in a twist.”


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