Agent Cody Banks (2003) starring Frankie Muniz, Hilary Duff, Angie Harmon, Keith David directed by Harald Zwart Movie Review

Agent Cody Banks (2003)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Angie Harmon and Frankie Muniz in Agent Cody Banks (2003)

Its a Banks Bond

The head of the CIA is concerned as info has come in that Dr. Connors (Martin Donovan) is unwittingly creating an army of metal eating nanobots for the evil Brinkman (Ian McShane). In order to track the doctor down they decide to go through his daughter, prep school student Natalie (Hilary Duff) and in order to do that they send out the super sexy Ronica Miles (Angie Harmon) to bring in Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) a student who attended CIA summer camp. The trouble is that during summer camp Cody got a rep as being a ladies man when in truth he has a problem with freezing up when ever he tries to talk to a girl he likes.

There are 3 ingredients in "Agent Cody Banks" which makes it fun for teens but also fun for some adults. The first of which is the simple suspension of belief as we have a teen CIA agent who is trained in all sorts of things from hand to hand combat to expertly driving a car, basically a mini James Bond. And there is a lot of fun to be had with in this case Cody being on a mission for the CIA trying to keep things secret from his parents who know nothing about his alter ego or the various agents who end up doing his home work and so on.

Hilary Duff and Frankie Muniz in Agent Cody Banks (2003)

Then there is the youthful appeal of not only Frankie Muniz but also Hilary Duff. We get the comedy of Muniz as this young agent but combined with the doey eyes of Duff and watching Muniz as Cody struggling with nerves around girls is a lot of fun leading to a daft set piece surrounding advice on dating from various people.

But then there is that third ingredient and I am going to be completely shallow but there is Angie Harmon looking extremely sexy in various body hugging outfits. Yes as I said it is completely shallow but then so are the writers, producers and directors for having her look such a smoking hot babe.

What this all boils down to is that the "Agent Cody Banks" isn't great cinema, nowhere close to it but it is entertaining on a very shallow level whether you enjoy it as a teen or because as an adult Angie Harmon grabs your attention.