Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

(2004)
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

Starring Frankie Muniz, Anthony Anderson. (PG)

 

Prepubescent girls who like Frankie Muniz (of Malcolm in the Middle fame) may want to catch this sequel (though no one else will), in which he plays a sixteen-year-old secret agent. This time, as the title suggests, he’s in London to investigate whether a music school is actually a front for something more sinister, which means plenty of clichéd shots of double-decker buses, black cabs and Big Ben, and japes aplenty.

Muniz – who was reportedly paid a whopping $5 million for his performance – isn’t bad as the junior 007, but he’s stuck in a film with an awful script (apparently there wasn’t one when filming began and it was written as they went along), plodding direction (original director Harald Zwart walked off early on when the movie’s budget was slashed and was replaced by Kevin Allen, brother of Keith, who unsurprisingly appears in the film) and a plot that is just an excuse to fill the film with shots of London landmarks and a Tony Blair impersonator. You have been warned. 

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