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Agent Cody Banks (review)

This uninspired and unabashed rip-off of Spy Kids puts that Malcolm in the Middle kid (Frankie Muniz: My Dog Skip) in James Bond’s shoes, threads, and wheels, doing little damage to either of its begetters but cribbing none of their energy, either, as it skitters across the screen and trots out junior-spy yucks so bland and obvious that they barely register on the senses at all. Adults will be bored silly, but it’s mostly harmless fun for the kiddies. Though it could be awkward trying to explain to little Dylan or Tiffany why Cody’s boss, the nice spy lady (Angie Harmon), is dressed like a streetwalker.


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MPAA: rated PG for action violence, mild language and some sensual content

viewed at a semipublic screening with an audience of critics and ordinary moviegoers

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