Agent Cody Banks

Starring: Frankie Muniz, Angie Harmon and Ian McShane
MGM Home Entertainment
RRP: £19.99

Certificate: 12
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Cody Banks seems like a typical teenager - he loves skateboarding, hates maths, his parents drive him crazy, and he feels like a complete idiot around girls. But Cody has a really big secret that even his family and best friends don't know - he's actually an elite undercover agent for the CIA...

"Oh dear! Not another spoof secret agent movie!" I hear you cry. But wait, I think you'd better be prepared for a shock... This movie is actually quite good.

Agent Cody Banks never takes itself too seriously and as Bond spoofs go, you don't get much better than this. This is easily funnier and more engaging than the Austin Powers movies. There are plenty of nods to the Bond movies including a very similar soundtrack and a Q type character who provides Cody with his gadgets. This character also goes to great lengths to prove he is streetwise but ends up looking foolish.

I loved the idea that the CIA had started to recruit kids. There is a great line where someone discovers that children are being used and exclaims: "Children? You're hiring children? Do you send them out on missions alone?" To which the CIA official snaps: "No! That would be irresponsible!" It is this wonderfully subtle humour that makes Agent Cody Banks the

It also stars The Mummy's Arnold Vosloo and, believe it or not, Lovejoy's Ian McShane as the villains. Both of whom turn in spot on performances. There are gadgets and gizmos aplenty and It's even got a cute CIA agent for the dads! what more could you wish for?

Extras include audio commentary with Frankie Muniz, Angie Harmon and Harald Zwart; Multi angle scenes; 8 mini featurettes; Deleted scenes; Outtakes; Storyboard to film comparisons; Theatrical trailer; and an Agent Cody Banks 2 teaser.

Definitely a movie that all the family will enjoy.

Amber Leigh

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