Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Jan
Speaking of secret agents, the sequel to
You would think a movie that credits fourteen producers—fourteen—would show evidence of so much time and effort. But apparently, more does not mean better.
David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) faults the "lame script" and "a cacophony of silly sight gags, cookie–cutter chases, and cardboard cliché characters."
Concerned parent Caroline Mooney (Christian Spotlight) says her kids "did not hear or understand the offensive language and crude humor," and she advises parents to discuss the film's intention "to undermine adult and parental authority. Many films today reverse the role of parents and children; it is popular to portray adults as child–like and the children as adult–like. Encouraging our children to take on adult roles as they rebuff parental authority can only lead to poor decision making and painful consequences."
Phil Boatwright (Movie Reporter) writes, "Over–the–top slapstick from a clumsy sidekick, plus a flatulence joke here and a food fight there, substitutes for anything resembling clever or original humor. Both screenwriter and director evidently felt nuance and subtlety were unnecessary. After all, it's just a film for kids, right?"
In spite of these protests, some religious press critics are pleased. Bruce Donaldson (
Annabelle Robertson (Crosswalk) says it is "mostly harmless and fun—although parents will probably be looking at their watches. MGM is to be commended for making a family film that is uplifting and presents a moral worldview of good overcoming evil."
Bob Waliszewski (
After suffering through