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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful:
Character Driven "Spykids", 10 May 2003
Author: tabuno from utah
"Agent Cody Banks" depends more on character and plot than the special effects, explosive action of the more popular "Spykids." Frankie Muniz does a credible, funny job as a social inept, CIA whiz kid. With a distant resemblance to "True Lies," and "Never Been Kissed," "Agent Cody Banks" charms the audience with its irony and socially naive kid comedy along with a rather strong James Bond flavor for spy action. Frankie Muniz' CIA handler never gets too sickly sweet nor weird, but handles her role with a solid performance. This movie is a nice blend of genre, but it doesn't explode into non-stop action nor with a teen romantic comedy - perhaps it's taken on a rather awesome, big challenge of trying to package so many different elements into one movie that its comedy, spy thriller, action, teen romance with nerd genre are impossible to capture successfully in the time and attention span alloted. Entertaining and seriously funny, seven out of ten stars.
7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Silly, But Entertains, 27 May 2005
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) is a shy common teenager, living with his
mother, father and little brother in a suburban house. But he is also a
very efficient undercover CIA agent. He is assigned by CIA director
(Keith David), with the support of his instructor Ronica Miles (Angie
Harmon), to date Natalie Connors (Hilary Duff) in order to be invited
to her birthday party and get close and spy Natalie's father, Dr.
Connors (Martin Donovan). Dr. Connors is a brilliant scientist, who has
developed some sort of micro-robots with the intention of controlling
oil leakage from tankers. However, the investors of the experiment
intend to use the device as a powerful weapon. "Agent Cody Banks" tries
to follow the success of "Spy Kids", it is very silly, but entertains.
There is nothing special or original in this popcorn movie, indicated
for an afternoon without any other alternative. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "O Agente Teen" ("The Teen Agent")
6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Amusing film for teenagers with a starring interpreting a James Bond adolescent, 24 July 2005
The film talks about a shy adolescent(Frankie Muniz)who's submitted to
jokes from his school fellows but he's also an undercover CIA agent .
He's assigned by the chief(Keith David) for one mission, he meets a
teen girl (Hillary Duff)whose father(Martin Donovan)is a scientific
working in nanotechnology industries for the nasties(Ian McShane and
Arnold Vosloo).The teen is helped by an attractive agent(Angie Harmon).
The argument is a little bit ridiculous, but we're in a spoof comedy and is narrated in fast movement , besides as abound the surprises is very funny and bemusing. In the film there are suspense,comedy,emotion,action-packed,tongue in cheek and chases galore with impressive velocity pursuits .The screenplay is nicely developed as well as characters actors and the frenetic action united to excellent special effects but are varied of that too.From the beginning until the end the amusement and entertainment is continued. The humor moments are in charge of Frankie Muniz with his abundant botches and goofs who happen when must confront the perils and risks against the villains.It's a spoof of James Bond's films, even there's a flying artifice like in ¨Thunderball¨ ,plus a personage type ¨Q¨ who teaches the various gadgets which Cody Banks will utilize posteriorly. Exciting final facing off between the protagonists and the baddies on the mountain headquarter is breathtaking and special mention to the habitual villain Arnold Vosloo(The mummy),he is terrific. Rating: Enjoyable and nice.
7 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
006½, 8 August 2003
Author: George Parker from Orange County, CA USA
"Agent Cody Banks" sticks Banks (Muniz), a 16 year old high school student and CIA junior agent, in the middle of a 007 plot clone with a nemesis who's out to extort nanobot technology from a good-guy scientist to control the world. Banks' mission is to get close to the scientist's hottie daughter (Duff) so he can...um, save the world. This kid flick has the same kind of high tech stuff, great sets, and production value we come to expect with 007 or MI flicks including martial arts, X-boarding, etc. all built around a teen puppy love story centerpiece. A fun action guy flick for kids which gets moving quick and never slows down. (B)
10 out of 17 people found the following review useful:
just a kids movie, 27 September 2003
This is an okay kids' movie; but as college students who often enjoy kids' movies we did not enjoy it. The most irritating thing about this movie for me is that near the beginning of the movie he was 16 and getting his driver's license, and later in the movie he was 15. The entire movie was full of inconsistencies and overall annoying if you cannot stop thinking while watching a movie. We liked Hilary Duff's role, and the plot line on the romance was cute. Frankie and Hilary's chemistry was the best part of the movie.
19 out of 35 people found the following review useful:
I know it is suppose to be funny and cute, but it isn't, 21 May 2004
Author: udeaasykle (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Sandnes, Norway
I pretty much knew what i was in for when i started seeing this movie. It is suppose to be funny and cute, but it isn't. It is cheesy and stinks of bad dialog and the world's most crappy plot. Yeah i know the movie is probably more suitable for kids but this i just my opinion. The fight scenes with "cody" sucks and let me tell you why. It is soooo obvious that they used a stunt double who is about a foot higher and wider and an adult to be honest. The second thing i noticed is when he is fighting in Natalie's "birthday" party where there is, by the way, blackjack and dice games. Way to parent your 15 year old daughter. I wish i could go to a "we will frisk you before you can come in" party when i was 15. After the fight, Francois Molay, the henchman manage to say something like: That guy is an agent cause he had to learn those moves in the CIA. Yeah, cause no one but the CIA fights with kicks and punches.... If you are about 12-18 you will probably like this movie but i don't. I rate this movie 3/10
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Fun movie..., 14 March 2003
Author: Lost_cow from Canada
What can I say... It was a fun movie!
Went to see it with my 9 year old and we both enjoyed it a lot. Kind of a bond for younger audiences. Far fetched? Sure... but then so is 007 no?
I especially liked the little humorous details here and there... like the page "Would the driver of a silver Austin Martin please report to..." inside the CIA building (James Bond's car), or Cody's cell phone that rings like Austin Powers video-phone. Pay attention when watching it as the movie is filled with little details and one liners referring to other spy movies.
Was it worth the price of admission? Sure!
3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Cody Saves The World And Gets Grounded, 10 April 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
Taking advantage of a couple of hot teen television properties at the
time, MGM fashioned this fantasy for kids about a typical teenage boy
with one big secret. Agent Cody Banks is a CIA operative, part of a
special program that trains kids for special missions. And in the title
role Frankie Muniz gets to do them, providing he's not grounded.
The other hot property at the time was Hilary Duff who was in Disney's Lizzie McGuire series while Muniz was doing Malcolm In The Middle. She's Frankie's assignment, Duff is the daughter of a scientist who's gone missing and Frankie has to both protect her and find out what's going on.
It's something big all right, scientist Martin Donovan has invented some kind of artificial life that will eat anything carbon or silicon based. That could wreak a lot of havoc in the wrong hands.
Donovan is Duff's father, as for Muniz's parents they are unbelievably clueless, but that's part of the charm of these films. One who's not clueless is Muniz's immediate superior and handler Angie Harmon. She's got a great scene in the prep school where Muniz has been put to be close to Duff with some of the adolescent males there.
Agent Cody Banks with the star power of two current teen idols made a lot of money, so much so a sequel was made. Now if they had really wanted to do something different, they'd have made Duff the secret agent with Muniz her assignment.
10 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
No, it is as bad as you may think, 27 March 2003
Author: Agent10 from Tucson, AZ
Kiddie spy flicks have become something of a new trend, resulting in the first spin-off since Spy Kids other than the original franchise. To say the least, this film falls way short of that expectation. Yes, the film had cool gadgets, and some decent sequences, it just seemed to lack where Spy Kids excelled. There wasn't that innocent charm or the silliness, for it seemed to be replaced by sexual innuendos and teenage hormones. Unfortunately, this series will most likely get more sequels, which means they have at least another chance to make up for their mistakes.
18 out of 34 people found the following review useful:
Bore Galore, 1 January 2004
Harald Zwart (who wrote and directed the great Norwegian short film "Parents") directed this shot, that could be seen as a curious mixture between Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids", Ian Fleming's "James Bond series" and those Saturday morning cartoons, however real action buffs should be warned: there´s nearly no action and nearly no suspense in this flick, even the above-mentioned films are more exciting than "Agent Cody Banks"! The synthesizer-score sounds like as if it was stolen from Fleming´s movies or Rodriguez's series and the only notable thing is the appearance of "Baywatch babe"-legend Angie Harmon - unfortunately, she doesn´t save the film at all! Yawn...
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