Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London



Action comedy has some cartoonish violence, profanity.
  • Review Date: July 11, 2004
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Promotes "kid power" as the young heroes are relied upon to right wrongs and deliver results. The good guys defeat the greedy, tyrannical baddies.


Positive role models

Includes an assortment of multicultural kids, and lots of diversity among the authority figures. Parents are portrayed as gullible and entirely clueless. A nearly blind, elderly English butler is a source of comedy throughout, including in a driving sequence.


Lots of over-the-top heroics and exaggerated action scenes: numerous martial arts fights, suspenseful chases, captures, military attacks, careening vehicles, falls from high places, explosions, and sequences in which characters are subjected to mind control techniques. It's performed as spy-spoof gallantry, with no graphic or fatal injuries on camera.

Not applicable

Some insults: "Frankenstein," "whack job," "loser," and some mild potty humor, specifically involving pee and the delivery of urine samples. Profanity includes "suck," "ass," and "jackass."



TY Beanie Babies, British Airways, Mentos candy, Pepsi, Heinz foods, Bentley autos, Big Daddy clothing, and Enyce.


Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A mom says she’s "pickled" from her medication. Characters drink adult beverages at a business meeting. Someone is seen smoking in the background.


Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this slick sequel to Agent Cody Banks features lots of cartoon-style action and humor. There's little more appealing to older kids, tweens, and teens than young heroes who are stronger, smarter, and more heroic than any of the adults in the film. Cody Banks and his lovely English teen counterpart are the clever kids who save the day when the well-being of the world is at stake. The usual exaggerated spy violence is almost nonstop: explosions, martial arts, chases, fights, and falls. Occasional potty jokes and insults are heard, along with a reference to being "pickled" from "meds."  Profanity includes "suck," "ass," and "jackass." The film is heavy on product placement both visually and in dialogue.


What's the story?

Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) is the superstar of the secret CIA training camp for spy kids. He helps the camp director escape in what he thinks is a simulation exercise. But it turns out that it was not a simulation. Diaz has escaped with the CIA's secret mind-control software. Cody has to go undercover as a member of an international classical music group for teens to track him down before he can gain control of the world's leaders at a meeting in London. Cody is assigned to work with Derek (Anthony Anderson). Cody gets an assortment of cool new gadgets, including a retainer wired to permit him to eavesdrop on the bad guys and a package of exploding Mentos mints. And he gets some unexpected help from Derek, who turns out to have some talent as a spy (and a chef), and from a pretty British undercover operative (Hannah Spearritt) as well. In addition to using the gadgets and tracking the bad guys, Cody has to pretend to play the clarinet. When he gets spotted by Diaz, he is used as the guinea pig for the mind-control device implanted in his tooth.

Is it any good?


AGENT CODY BANKS 2: DESTINATION LONDON does not have anywhere near the imagination and wit of the Spy Kids movies, but it is a pleasantly diverting adventure for a too-often-neglected segment of the audience. Muniz has an appealing screen presence, and Anthony Anderson is up to his usual shtick. The action sequences are only fair, but there is one scene with exploding water containers that is a lot of fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what Diaz says to Cody: "Trust equals death. Trust nobody -- including me." Why did he say that? How do we know who deserves our trust?

  • Howo do you think Agent Cody Banks 2 compares with the original film?

  • What do Cody and Derek learn from each other?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 12, 2004
DVD release date:July 13, 2004
Cast:Anthony Anderson, Frankie Muniz, Hannah Spearritt
Director:Kevin Allen
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:action violence and some crude humor.

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Teen, 16 years old Written bymikee990 April 9, 2008

Well worth the money for 6+

This movie is funny, action filled, and has a few funny moments. This movie isn't anything to worry about. There is no sexual content, but there is a crush between Cody and a girl.
Teen, 15 years old Written byski123 April 9, 2008
Not as good as the first, but still definietly worth watching. Same type of movie as the first, but different plot. Another good family movie.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008


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