Agent Cody Banks

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Overview

A teen learns that all the gadgets in the world can't help him overcome his awkwardness around the opposite sex in this big-budget family entertainment. In Agent Cody Banks, Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz plays a young man plucked from suburban obscurity to be trained as a CIA super-agent. His mission? Get friendly with his classmate Natalie played by another teen TV star, Lizzie McGuire's Hilary Duff so that he can uncover her father's diabolical scheme to create indestructible robots. To compound his ...
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Overview

A teen learns that all the gadgets in the world can't help him overcome his awkwardness around the opposite sex in this big-budget family entertainment. In Agent Cody Banks, Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz plays a young man plucked from suburban obscurity to be trained as a CIA super-agent. His mission? Get friendly with his classmate Natalie played by another teen TV star, Lizzie McGuire's Hilary Duff so that he can uncover her father's diabolical scheme to create indestructible robots. To compound his problems, Cody also has to deal with the same stresses as any adolescent: nagging parents, insufferable classwork, and a fragile sense of self-esteem. Agent Cody Banks was produced by MGM, not coincidentally the studio responsible for another popular spy franchise, the venerable James Bond series.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Frankie Muniz, the eminently likable Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated star of Malcolm in the Middle, has a license to thrill as a 16-year-old CIA agent in this irresistible blend of Spy Kids and James Bond. Like the Bond films, this one begins with a stunt-filled prologue (involving extreme-skateboard action in pursuit of a runaway car with an infant inside). And in true Bond fashion, there are way-cool gadgets, sleek sports cars, and sinister villains plotting world domination. But unlike Bond, our man Cody is more shaken than stirred when it comes to talking to beautiful girls, and his mission is to reach a scientist who is in the employ of a sinister research enterprise by getting cozy with his daughter (Hilary Duff). In a turn that would make Emma Peel of The Avengers look demure, former Law & Order assistant D.A. Angie Harmon turns up as Cody's statuesque, leather-clad handler. While not as inventive as the Spy Kids films, Cody Banks is as sleek as an Aston-Martin, with a charismatic cast, a savvy sense of humor, and enough stunts and heroics to make Cody Banks a franchise-worthy name in its own right.
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You'd expect the telephoto sunglasses. You'd expect the ipod that functions as a transceiver. You'd definitely expect the rocket-powered snowboard. But would you expect Agent Cody Banks to be so funny? Almost every scene is punctuated by at least a light chuckle -- particularly the team of government scientists showing Cody how to talk to girls -- and it's just one of several ways this teen spy movie goes beyond what's expected. Many of the laughs come from an unlikely source: Angie Harmon, who had not previously displayed such a fitness for comedy. Harmon takes the shortcomings of her character -- she's presented as a fantasy goddess who drops the jaws of teenage boys -- and mines them for all the irony they're worth, making for an amusing and compelling mentor/partner for Cody. The smart casting continues to a duo of maniacal villains, played by Ian McShane and Arnold Vosloo, who relish the chance to make menace. And of course Frankie Muniz has been groomed to play this role, having cut his teeth on the series Malcolm in the Middle, where he also played a child prodigy. Agent Cody Banks makes the wise decision to assume Cody has already been trained, letting the film get straight into some punchy set pieces. He doesn't need to start out as a bumbling spy because he's got plenty of social bumbling to do, as he tries to cozy up to the daughter (Hilary Duff) of the scientist who's under the villains' thumb. Cody Banks also works better because it never goes outlandish. It's almost conceivable that the CIA would employ teens as agents, because of the unique assets they bring to particular missions. The film is shot well, and Harald Zwart's lively direction makes it a consistent pleasure. It's no surprise they made a sequel.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2003
  • UPC: 883904130628
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frankie Muniz Cody Banks
Hilary Duff Natalie Connors
Keith David CIA Director
Cynthia Stevenson Mrs. Banks
Arnold Vosloo Molay
Daniel Roebuck Mr. Banks
Ian McShane Brinkman
Darrell Hammond Nigel
Martin Donovan Dr. Connors
Angie Harmon
Martin Henderson
Judge Reinhold
Andrew Francis Fenster Drooge
Connor Widdows Alex Banks
Alan C. Peterson Dark Agent
Technical Credits
Harald Zwart Director
Jason Alexander Executive Producer
Scott Alexander Screenwriter
Lesley Beale Set Decoration/Design
Jenifer Birchfield-Eick Executive Producer
Heike Brandstatter Casting
Jim Brebner Asst. Director
Robert Meyer Burnett Co-producer
Denis Crossan Cinematographer
Kerry David Executive Producer
David C. Glasser Producer
Danny Gold Executive Producer
Tom Guilbrtandsen Associate Producer
Kelvin Humenny Art Director
Mike Jackman Executive Producer
Julianne Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Jeffrey Jurgensen Original Story
Larry Karaszewski Screenwriter
Andreas Klein Producer
Madonna Executive Producer
Coreen Mayrs Casting
Suzanne McCabe Costumes/Costume Designer
Ashley Edward Miller Screenwriter
Jim Miller Editor
Mark Morgan Executive Producer
David Nicksay Producer
Guy Oseary Producer
John Papsidera Casting
John Powell Score Composer
Dylan Sellers Producer
Rusty Smith Production Designer
Zack Stentz Screenwriter
Larry Sutton Sound/Sound Designer
Ivana Vasak Set Decoration/Design
Geoff Wallace Set Decoration/Design
Bob Yari Executive Producer
Veslemoey Ruud Zwart Associate Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    i like it

    good movie not only for kids adults to by the way i love Hilary Duff she is so beauitful a great actress oh i just love her she's a sweetheart ! so is Frankie Muniz! love this movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This may be a kid's movie, but I think more adults came out liking it

    Agent Cody Banks is a fantastic Sci-Fi,Action,comedy movie that will have kids and adults out of their seat cheering.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Running Away With Agent Banks

    I knew I had to own Agent Cody Banks when I first saw it. It is filled with action, love and a tiny bit of mystery. If you saw this in the theatre, you must own it, like I do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OK

    It's a good moive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Movie Rocks!!!!!!

    I really,really liked this movie! The special effects were awesome and the cast was 2 cool! I rate this movie five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Cody'' is a super ''Agent''!

    The movie is great fun!It's funny,thrilling and very entertaining.Hillary Duff is good, and Angie Harmon is delightful.And Frankie Muniz is excellent-he shows again why he's the best young actor in the business.He really kicks butt here!I can't wait for the sequel!

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