I remember back in my high school days, I watched lots of random movies; something I continue to do to this day. DVDs were still relatively new and Blockbuster was still king.
I saw trailers for a movie called “Agent Cody Banks”. Just by watching the trailer, it’s a kid-friendly James Bond knockoff starring Frankie Muniz and Hilary Duff. At the time, both of them were popular but stuck in their respective typecasts before any dramatic events that would happen in their future. Needless to say, the movie did not hide its corniness and the movie had many bad reviews.
There was something in the trailer that caught my attention. There is a line spoken that really makes this movie open to interpretation “We spent $10 million training this kid, and we did not teach him how to talk to women?!” Yes it’s very corny, but that’s the plot of the movie: Cody went to secret agent training camp where he learned lots of skills; during his training, he over-exaggerated his experience with women; because of this, he was selected to be transferred to her school, have the same classes and get close to the girl (Hilary Duff’s character) and find information about her father.
The comedy in the movie is the usual over-the-top, slapstick, non-violent, blue-screen stuff that would be in any Bond knockoff.
It just shocking to think about how the movie concentrates on the objective that this boy must talk to this girl because it is his objective and her life is in grave danger. He is humiliated, patronized and the video posted above really shows how many jokes are thrown at the audience, within the PG rating. Just the idea that Cody lied about his experience with girls, becoming the main reason why he is assigned this mission. Why would anyone be shocked that he lied? Would there be any reason to believe he was telling the truth? I mean, if they really wanted to protect the girl, couldn’t they just get another girl to be friends with her in school and they’d hang out together outside of school? Or, hire an older romantic guy, give him all her personal details so he can use it to attract her if they really wanted to go down the relationship route.
Anyways, the day is saved after various cliche action scenes and cheesy dialog. It is a bad movie. Anyways, here are some points worth noting:
- Directed by Harald Zwart, who would go on to direct 2010′s The Karate Kid. He also directed The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, another movie that got bad reviews and was compared to Twilight. The movie does have nice special effects.
- Prevail makes an appearance. He is one of the rappers from the group Swollen Members
- Keith David plays the CIA director. He would play a similar role as leader of a secret organization in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
- Moneca Delain plays the hologram. Although her role is very tiny in this movie, I remember her because she once made a song called “back in the day” which is directly based on “true” by Spandau Ballet. She also played a cheerleader in Smallville.
- Veronica (the hot chick) is played by Angie Harmon.
- Frankie Muniz was born in 1985. He is two years older than me. He was 18 when he was in this movie.
Although many people would brush it of as “yet another kid’s movie”, the boy-meets-girl plot really stands out. It’s a very cliched plot; I recently watched Paranoia which had its own boy-meets-girl subplot. Silver Linings Playbook was a very popular movie and I like it because it’s just as much about Pat letting go of his ex-wife as it is about accepting his fate and falling in love with Tiffany. In my opinion, choosing between an older, scared ex-wife with a restraining order and a younger, sexier Jennifer Lawrence is a no-brainer! Anyways, I just think the idea that the guy has to initiate contact with the girl first, getting everything right the first time and the girl being portrayed as a high-class superwoman that will turn down anyone that doesn’t fit her exact description of perfect can be easily misinterpreted. I remember speaking to someone about how there are more men than women in the world and making crude remarks about this. Love and marriage isn’t a magic solution that will leave you on the path to riches and make the world a better place. Just saying.