Corporate Line: To his family and friends, Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) is a typical teen – he loves to skateboard, hates math, and feels like a complete idiot around girls. But Cody’s got a secret – he’s actually part of a secret teen CIA program. Cody’s living every boy’s dream life – he can drive like a stuntman, has an incredible arsenal of cool gadgets, and his agency mentor, Ronica Miles (Angie Harmon), is totally hot. But Cody’s training is put to the test when he’s sent to pose as a prep school student and befriend fellow teen Natalie Connors (Hilary Duff) in order to gain access to her father, a scientist unknowingly developing a fleet of deadly nanobots for the evil organization ERIS. From runaway cars and high-speed snowboard chases to a spectacular final mountaintop showdown, Cody has to use everything he’s learned to prove himself as an agent and stop ERIS-and maybe even get the girl.
Opening sequence is so over the top, but for kids this stuff is the supreme eye candy. There are a few giggles for both kids and adults. There is plenty for the adult to roll their eyes at, but its not really for us. We are merely chaperones for our kids. Watching this movie you quickly realize that the kids will cheer, especially the boys, and leaving wanting to be Cody Banks. That’s really what entertainment is all about isn’t it?
Fart and poopy jokes weren’t as funny, but that’s splitting hairs.
Frankly: It’s supposed to be goofy. It’s a kid’s movie. Enjoy.
+ Charlie Craine