Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2

Content: -1 1/2

When evil scientists begin developing a diabolical device to manipulate the human brain in order to dominate world leaders, the United States sends Agent Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz) with his arsenal of high-tech gadgets, but he discovers that his former CIA mentor (Keith Allen) is orchestrating the events. In this comedy sequel, Banks closes in on the secret laboratory by posing as a virtuoso clarinetist in a youth symphony. But the problem is that he has no musical ability. He snoops around for clues and tries to maintain his cover while members of the symphony wonder at his strange behavior. The sinister plot gains momentum until Banks mysteriously appears to be working for the wrong side. Soon the leaders of England, Germany and Japan are under the direct influence of the villains. Worldwide disaster lurks when they target the President of the United States. This may be Cody Banks final assignment.

The light, upbeat nature of this movie is a contrast to the more common teenage party films. The romance between Banks and British Secret Service counterpart Emily (Hannah Spearrit) remains appropriate. This movie is missing the blatant sexual humor and the drug and alcohol use, but there are still elements to consider, including James-Bond-like double entendre and some skimpily clad teens, before sending a young person to it. Munizs character tells lies throughout the movie, and he deceives his parents. Although unrealistic and involving no permanent damage, the film contains a significant amount of violence including explosives. Be wary too of the dialog, which is at times crude and obscene. The characters routinely insult each other, including one particularly distasteful use of urine. Think twice before making this sequel your destination.

Preview Reviewer: Blaine Butcher

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (17) times mild (hell 6, loser 4); moderate (other 3); strong (ass 4)

Obscene Language: Many (24) times mild (pee 16); moderate (piss 1, sucks 5); strong (f-word 1, s-word 1)

Profanity: Several (5) times moderate (MG 3, G 2)

Violence: Many times mild (shoving and struggling, man pinched by lobster, people bumping into things, man breaking dishes, food fight,); moderate (fighting, man shoots missiles at people, car blown up, man pushes boy off of ledge)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Once mild (people drugged by gas)

Other: Evil scientist implants mind-control chips, spectacular London sites and castles, some adults seem more childish than the kids, man thrives on destruction, diverse ethnic groups work together, adults nurture teens talents, imaginative espionage equipment)

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Children and teens

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