Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

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Director: Kevin Allen

Cast: Frankie Muniz, Anthony Anderson, Hannah Spearritt

     
 

Frankie Muniz returns as teenaged espionage agent Cody Banks in this youth-oriented comedy, which comes to DVD with an appropriate number of extra gadgets. Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London has been given two transfers to disc for this release: a letterboxed version at the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (which is also enhanced for anamorphic play) and aSee more details below

Overview

Frankie Muniz returns as teenaged espionage agent Cody Banks in this youth-oriented comedy, which comes to DVD with an appropriate number of extra gadgets. Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London has been given two transfers to disc for this release: a letterboxed version at the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 (which is also enhanced for anamorphic play) and a pan-and-scan version at the full-screen ratio of 1.33:1. The original English-language audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 while two alternate dubbed soundtracks in Spanish and French are in Dolby Digital Surround. This edition also features optional subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Cantonese. The widescreen version also includes a commentary track from stars Frankie Muniz, Anthony Anderson, and Hannah Spearritt; a running interactive quiz; three deleted scenes; three extended scenes; a short documentary on the making of the movie; a gallery of production photos; and trailers for other MGM Home Entertainment releases.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
London calling! Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz is off to the land of 007 as teenage secret agent Cody Banks, pursuing a CIA renegade who has stolen a mind-control device. His cover: playing clarinet in an orchestra featuring musical prodigies from around the world. Just as Cody's awkwardness with the opposite sex hindered his first mission, here the difficulty arises from his lack of musical ability (turns out he only joined his high school marching band to meet girls, news which is greeted with a hysterically incredulous look by his superior). After only a scant two films, it seems that Frankie has already outgrown this fledgling franchise, but his adoring audience will still get their kicks from his spy-kid antics, complete with Bondian action and way-cool gadgets. Anthony Anderson (Kangaroo Jack) provides some flop-sweat comic relief as a demoted agent reluctantly assigned to be Cody's handler in London. Hilary Duff is missing in action this time around, but U.K. pop singer Hannah Spearitt -- portraying an undercover British intelligence agent named Emily -- is just as cute. No damsel in distress, she gets to kick some butt. Clever product placement (exploding Mentos) and the requisite mildly rude humor will amuse the target audience, but it is the extremely likable and personable Muniz who makes Destination London such a fun trip.
All Movie Guide
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London has about the usual dose of sequelitis, meaning that most everything is a little worse than the original -- and sometimes, a lot worse. The one exception is the delightful choice to play Cody's love interest: charming Brit Hannah Spearritt, whose animated facial expressions and snappy line deliveries put her in a class above Hilary Duff from the original. Unfortunately, Cody's other primary cohort is where Destination London comes up well short of its predecessor, as Anthony Anderson makes a poor substitute for Angie Harmon as Cody's partner/handler. Anderson's particular brand of bumbling physical comedy is a good fit for many roles, but not the role of a CIA agent -- even a disgraced agent trying to make good. The fact that he's installed as a supposedly high-end chef in a snooty British academy -- but can't make it through a kitchen without knocking everything off the shelves and covering himself in flour -- suggests that this version of the CIA doesn't have much interest in keeping a low profile. Similarly unlikely is the decision to place Cody in an academy for gifted musicians, when he only briefly toyed with an instrument as a child, and possesses a limited ability to think on his feet (when asked about his favorite composer, he hastily provides the name "Heinz" off a nearby ketchup bottle). Strains to credibility are not supposed to be deal-breakers in a movie about a teenage spy, but let's just say the strained credibility in the original Agent Cody Banks was offset by funny writing and a freshness to the enterprise in general. By contrast, Destination London feels as stale as a three-week-old crumpet.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
UPC:
0027616906847
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG
Source:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Agent Mode" interactive quiz; "Spy on the Set" visual cast commentary; "Back in Action" featurette; Deleted scenes; Photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frankie Muniz Cody Banks
Anthony Anderson Derek
Hannah Spearritt Emily
Cynthia Stevenson Mrs. Banks
Daniel Roebuck Mr. Banks
Anna Chancellor Actor
Keith Allen Diaz
James Faulkner Kenworth
David Kelly Trival
Santiago Segura Santiago
Connor Widdows Alex Banks
Keith David CIA Director

Technical Credits
Kevin Allen Director,Screenwriter
Jason Alexander Executive Producer
Jenifer Birchfield-Eick Executive Producer
Simon Bowles Art Director
Robert Meyer Burnett Co-producer
Richard Conway Special Effects Supervisor
Denis Crossan Cinematographer
David Daniels [countertenor] Asst. Director
Derry David Executive Producer
Clive Derbyshire Sound/Sound Designer
Philip Elton Art Director
David C. Glasser Producer
Danny Gold Executive Producer
Richard Holland Production Designer
Dan Hubbard Casting
Michael A. Jackman Executive Producer
Julianne Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Andreas Klein Executive Producer
Jason Knox-Johnston Art Director
Andrew MacRitchie Editor
Madonna Executive Producer
Mark Morgan Executive Producer
David Nicksay Producer
Stephen Noble Costumes/Costume Designer
Guy Oseary Producer
John Papsidera Casting
John Powell Score Composer
Don Rhymer Original Story,Screenwriter
Dylan Sellers Original Story,Producer
Mark Thomas Score Composer
Sara Wan Set Decoration/Design
Peter Wenham Art Director
Bob Yari Producer
Harald Zwart Original Story

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title/Trust = Death
2. Code 42
3. Campfire Speech
4. Midnight Drill...
5. ...Or Not to Drill
6. Destination London
7. Just a Gadget... "Or Is It?"
8. The American Prodigy
9. Straight Out of Compton
10. "It Works!"
11. Such Dedication
12. Agent Blankie
13. Hello, Strange Girl
14. 57 Symphonies in Red
15. Grand Plans
16. "He's In!"
17. Mentally Dental
18. Brilliant Auto-Solo
19. Rocket Through London
20. Psychic Suspect
21. Rickshaw Summit
22. Inside Cody Banks
23. Safest Bus in Town
24. Loopy Palace Coup
25. "Keep Playing All Night"
26. Concert for Her Majesty
27. Spy vs. Spy
28. Taking Back the President
29. Symphony 'n' the Hood
30. All the Queen's Treasures
31. So Long, Agent Banks
32. Good Brother/Credits
Side #2 -- Full Screen
1. Main Title/Trust = Death
2. Code 42
3. Campfire Speech
4. Midnight Drill...
5. ...Or Not to Drill
6. Destination London
7. Just a Gadget... "Or Is It?"
8. The American Prodigy
9. Straight Out of Compton
10. "It Works!"
11. Such Dedication
12. Agent Blankie
13. Hello, Strange Girl
14. 57 Symphonies in Red
15. Grand Plans
16. "He's In!"
17. Mentally Dental
18. Brilliant Auto-Solo
19. Rocket Through London
20. Psychic Suspect
21. Rickshaw Summit
22. Inside Cody Banks
23. Safest Bus in Town
24. Loopy Palace Coup
25. "Keep Playing All Night"
26. Concert for Her Majesty
27. Spy vs. Spy
28. Taking Back the President
29. Symphony 'n' the Hood
30. All the Queen's Treasures
31. So Long, Agent Banks
32. Good Brother/Credits

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