Bil’s rating (out of 5): B
USA, 2004. Dylan Sellers Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Splendid Pictures, Madacy Entertainment, Maverick Films. Story by Harald Zwart, Dylan Sellers, Don Rhymer, Screenplay by Don Rhymer, based on characters created by Jeffrey Jurgensen. Cinematography by Denis Crossan. Produced by David Nicksay, Guy Oseary, Dylan Sellers, Bob Yari. Music by Mark Thomas. Production Design by Richard Holland. Costume Design by Steven Noble. Film Editing by Andrew MacRitchie.
Abysmal sequel to the enjoyable original, this one features none of the charming wit that made the first one so appealing. Back at his old routine of awkward shyness among his peers, Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) is notified by headquarters that he is to be transferred to England for an important assignment. Banks is to find out the whereabouts of a former CIA agent who has stolen a mind control device that he plans on using on heads of state at a summit meeting in London. As a cover, Banks is enrolled in a posh camp for exceedingly talented musical prodigies, which is where the automated clarinet comes in handy. This sequel suffers greatly from the absence of plucky Hilary Duff or the lovely Angie Harmon, instead giving Banks a goofy Anthony Anderson as his handler and an unnoticeable Hannah Spearritt as his love interest/spy partner. The writing is the pits and the acting embarrassing all around.