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Agent Cody Banks

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Teen spy spoof with gadgets, girls is fun for tweens, teens.

Movie PG 2003 96 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 15+

Lots of sexual references

I can't believe CSM gives this zero stars for sex. From the opening scene there are references. As a mom of girls I was disturbed by the objectification of women in this movie... without any warning from CSM.
age 18+

Not at all appropriate for kids

This movie has kids looking at women in their panties and bra. Cleavage hanging out everywhere. Not ok for kids at all.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (21 ):

AGENT CODY BANKS seems like a combination of the James Bond movie Dr. No and 2002's Clockstoppers. Kids and teens will enjoy it, but it's not as imaginative and funny as the first two Spy Kids movies. Muniz and Duff are always fun to watch, and there are some nice stunts, especially a skateboard rescue of a toddler in a runaway car and a snowboard entry into the bad guy's arctic lair. Saturday Night Live's Darryl Hammond is a lot of fun as the equivalent of James Bond's "Q" character, the guy with all the gadgets. Angie Harmon does not have much to do except show up in a series of outfits more appropriate for Spy Barbie. And the movie wastes the time and talents of two of Hollywood's best actors, Martin Donovan and Cynthia Stevenson, as parents of the teens in the lead roles.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 14, 2003
  • On DVD or streaming: August 5, 2003
  • Cast: Angie Harmon , Frankie Muniz , Hilary Duff
  • Director: Harald Zwart
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Topics: Adventures
  • Run time: 96 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG
  • MPAA explanation: action violence, mild language and some sensual content.
  • Last updated: September 30, 2023

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