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Release Date: March 14, 2003

Starring: Frankie Muniz, Hilary Duff, Angie Harmon, Keith David, Cynthia Stevenson, Arnold Vosloo, and Ian McShane

Genre: Spy Spoof

Audience: Older children to
adults REVIEWER: Bruce
Donaldson AGENT CODY BANKS is
a slickly produced action
movie that seems intent on
taking the SPY KIDS audience
to the next level. It contains
enough adult-oriented innuendo
to make it a "gateway drug" to
the full-fledged, sexualized
Bond films. Cody Banks
(Frankie Muniz) is an
unassuming 15-year-old who has
been trained as a CIA junior
agent at a secret summer camp.
He is called into action by
the sexy Ronica Miles (Angie
Harmon) and is assigned to
make contact with Natalie
Conners (Hilary Duff), the
beautiful blonde daughter of a
scientist. Arch-villain
Brinkman (Ian McShane), and
his henchman, Molay (Arnold
Vosloo), are extorting her
father into creating
microscopic "nanobots" that
can be programmed to destroy
the world. Cody has been
trained to be a super agent:
he can drive well, he can
fight, he can snow board…,
but he cannot get a word out
of his mouth in the presence
of a pretty girl, which
predicament provides the
comedic platform. Cody is
transferred to the private
school the girl attends and
proceeds to attempt to make
contact with her. Can Cody
overcome his insecurities
around women quickly enough to
befriend Natalie and find out
exactly what her father, the
scientist, is doing? Will Cody
save the world? While there is
plenty of James-Bond-like
action, gadgets, and special
effects, there is also equally
as many Bond-ish sexual
references and innuendos.
While preteens may find it
very entertaining to see
someone their age saving the
world, parents should use
discernment as to whether they
want to endorse the planting
of suggestive seeds of
sexuality and parental
disrespect into their
children's minds. Please
address your comments to: Alex
Yemenidjian, CEO MGM/UA 2500
Broadway Street Santa Monica,
CA 90404-3061 Phone: (310)
449-3000 Fax: (310) 449-3024

Rating: PG

Runtime: 110 minutes

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Content:

(Pa, B, L, VV, S, N, M) Pagan worldview with some moral elements; 10-year-old boy says "crap" and has mouth covered by his mother before he can finish saying, "Holy Sh**", driver's-ed teacher throws up (off camera) after rough ride, dog pees on man's shoe, and someone passes gas in crowded van; feathers fly as villain kicks duck, girl roughly kidnapped, wrestling, man is hurt and dragged off screen screaming, bully receives severe shock from a spy watch, boy hits thugs in head with frying pans during fight, boy punched in face (seen from his point of view), boy's bruised face shown after fight, thug's rear set on fire, explosions, man eaten from inside out by nanobots (not gory. . . he just slowly disappears), men fall through glass and electrical lines, man punched in crotch, and plenty of hand to hand combat; woman wrestles boy and begins to suffocate him by pulling his face into her clothed breasts, boy tries to stand on platform with woman with his face to her breasts. . . she makes him turn around, woman pulls one towel away and snaps the boy with it (nothing seen), 10 year-old-boy makes reference to playing doctor with girls, while briefing his staff on the pretty blonde girl that is a CIA target, man says, "I want to get close to this girl" (played for innuendo), man unzips Ronica's top to reveal clothed breasts (with a little cleavage) and says, "No place for a gun in there"; woman wears tight, cleavage and midriff baring outfits, boys in locker room wear only towels around waist, boy uses low penetration x-ray sunglasses to look at girls' sexy underwear (seen in negative color), and earlier he checks out an associate and she quickly covers her breasts; and, extortion and children show disrespect toward clueless parents.

GENRE: Spy Spoof

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Summary:

AGENT CODY BANKS is a slickly produced action movie that is full of enough adult-like sensuality to make it a "gateway drug" to the full-fledged, sexualized Bond movies. Parents should use discernment as to whether they want to endorse the planting of suggestive seeds of sexuality and parental disrespect into their children's minds.

Review:

AGENT CODY BANKS is a slickly produced action movie that seems intent on taking the SPY KIDS audience to the next level. It contains enough adult-oriented innuendo to make it a "gateway drug" to the full-fledged, sexualized Bond films.

Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) is an unassuming 15-year-old who has been trained as a CIA junior agent at a secret summer camp. He is called into action by the sexy Ronica Miles (Angie Harmon) and is assigned to make contact with Natalie Conners (Hilary Duff), the beautiful blonde daughter of a scientist. Arch-villain Brinkman (Ian McShane), and his henchman, Molay (Arnold Vosloo), are extorting her father into creating microscopic "nanobots" that can be programmed to destroy the world.

Cody has been trained to be a super agent: he can drive well, he can fight, he can snow board…, but he cannot get a word out of his mouth in the presence of a pretty girl, which predicament provides the comedic platform. Cody is transferred to the private school the girl attends and proceeds to attempt to make contact with her. Can Cody overcome his insecurities around women quickly enough to befriend Natalie and find out exactly what her father, the scientist, is doing? Will Cody save the world?

While there is plenty of James-Bond-like action, gadgets, and special effects, there is also equally as many Bond-ish sexual references and innuendos. While preteens may find it very entertaining to see someone their age saving the world, parents should use discernment as to whether they want to endorse the planting of suggestive seeds of sexuality and parental disrespect into their children's minds.

Please address your comments to:

Alex Yemenidjian, CEO

MGM/UA

2500 Broadway Street

Santa Monica, CA 90404-3061

Phone: (310) 449-3000

Fax: (310) 449-3024

SUMMARY: AGENT CODY BANKS is a slickly produced action movie that is full of enough adult-like sensuality to make it a "gateway drug" to the full-fledged, sexualized Bond movies. Parents should use discernment as to whether they want to endorse the planting of suggestive seeds of sexuality and parental disrespect into their children's minds.

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