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Agent Cody BanksIt's either the shrewdest of conceits or the most cynical of ploys: Agent Cody Banks puts typically juvenile spy jinks (Vin Diesel-tested maneuvers...Agent Cody BanksAction/Adventure, Kids and FamilyPT96MPGIt's either the shrewdest of conceits or the most cynical of ploys: Agent Cody Banks puts typically juvenile spy jinks (Vin Diesel-tested maneuvers...2003-03-12Keith DavidHilary DuffDarrell HammondAngie HarmonIan McShaneDaniel RoebuckCynthia StevensonArnold VoslooKeith David, Hilary Duff, Darrell Hammond, Angie Harmon, Ian McShane, Daniel Roebuck, Cynthia Stevenson, Arnold VoslooMGM
Frankie Muniz, Agent Cody Banks

(Agent Cody Banks: Diyah Pera)

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Agent Cody Banks

Genre: Action/Adventure, Kids and Family; Starring: Frankie Muniz, Keith David, Hilary Duff, Darrell Hammond, Angie Harmon, Ian McShane, Daniel Roebuck, Cynthia Stevenson, Arnold Vosloo; Director: Harald Zwart; Author: Jeffrey Charles Jurgensen; Release Date Wide: 03/14/2003; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 96; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: MGM

It’s either the shrewdest of conceits or the most cynical of ploys: Agent Cody Banks puts typically juvenile spy jinks (Vin Diesel-tested maneuvers like driving dangerously for no good reason and ogling girls with X-ray glasses) back where they belong: in the hands of a qualified juvenile. As 15-year-old CIA trainee Banks, Frankie Muniz gamely zooms through a ”Matrix”-ized variation on his ”Malcolm in the Middle” persona. Cody’s wide-eyed exhilaration at his first assignment – snuggling up to the daughter (Hilary Duff) of a scientist whose creations threaten the world – contrasts nicely with the anhedonic antics of such ”adult” entertainments as ”XXX.”

The real mission is product placement, of course: The movie seems to be set against the silvery backdrop of the Sharper Image catalog. And one has to wonder whether tutoring tweens in the objectification of women (including Angie Harmon as Cody’s den mother-cum-dominatrix boss) is acceptable collateral damage.

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