Agent Cody Banks (2003)

HARALD ZWART

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Canada, 2003.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Splendid Pictures, Maverick Films, Dylan Sellers Productions, Madacy Entertainment.  Story by , Screenplay by , , Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , , .  Music by . Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Cody Banks () is a regular high school kid who is too shy to talk to girls. He’s also a Secret Service Agent recruited by the government as part of their youth training program; while mom and dad thought he was going to summer camp he was actually studying The Art Of War and learning how to topple foreign governments through espionage. In this enjoyably witty comedy that young people are sure to love, Banks is given his first big assignment: to get close to the daughter (, who is adorable) of a famous scientist () and find out what he was working on for an international terrorist group before he went missing. Banks’s problem with girls definitely is an issue, but no worry, his “handler” () helps him get over it enough to befriend Duff. Lots of clever tricks are pulled before the grand finale in this caper executive produced by Madonna, none of it particularly good enough to set it apart from any other spy movie, but definitely fun enough to be appreciated all on its own. Just don’t ruin it and watch the sequel.

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