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(2004), PG --... ...some serious attempts to kill and forced drugging to abduct.
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Dylan Sellers Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Splendid Pictures, Maverick Entertainment Inc.
Distribution (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation (MGM)
Director(s): Kevin Allen
Producer(s): Jason Alexander, Jennifer Birchfield-Eick, Kerry David, David Glasser, Danny Gold, Michael Jackman, Andreas Klein, Madonna, Robert Meyer Burnett, Mark Morgan, David Nicksay, Guy Oseary, Dylan Sellers, Bob Yari Characters: Jeffrey Jurgensen
Story: Harald Zwart, Dylan Sellers, Don Rhymer
Screenplay: Don Rhymer
Cinematography/Camera: Denis Crossan
Music: Mark Thomas
Film Editing: Andrew MacRitchie
Casting: Daniel Hubbard
Production Design: Richard Holland
Art Direction: Simon Bowles, Philip Elton, Jason Knox-Johnston, Peter Wenham
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
A 93 minute simple movie with little intellectual challenge - and a list of producers longer than the list of key characters. Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London is more of the same as Agent Cody Banks (2003) but with a different destination and a different mission. This time, 16 year old Seattle teen Cody Banks (Frankie Muniz), still a CIA operative, is dispatched from summer camp to London for two weeks to work undercover as a clarinet expert since he played, err, faked playing clarinet for three years to meet girls. Now he must be a virtuoso player to infiltrate covert operations to make and distribute software to control the minds of government officials. And what a chance for the bad guys to get to many government officials! The International Youth Orchestra Banks would be playing with is scheduled to play for the Queen who will host a G7 conference at Buckingham Palace for many world leaders, including our President.
While at summer camp, Banks assists in the execution of a drill which turned out not to be a drill. The would-be drill operation enabled the escape of criminal mastermind Victor Diaz (Keith Allen), who was working on the mind control project for the CIA for 20 years who now serves as the camp commander in chief, err, camp head counselor. The summer camp, though quite ordinary looking on the surface, was indeed a training camp for the young CIA operatives. Diaz was assigned to run the training camp after the CIA discontinued the mind control project. Elaborate cover up and camouflage systems transformed the high-tech CIA training camp into an ordinary American Indian style camp in seconds when Code 42 was issued. Indeed, this transformation was demonstrated as an unannounced parent's day (unannounced parents day?) sprung up. Here we get to meet Cody's family: idiot-looking and clueless parents (Daniel Roebuck and Cynthia Stevenson) who took away Cody's CIA nail clippers because they were sharp, and wise-cracking snooty little brother (Connor Widdows).
In London, Banks is assisted by CIA handler Derek (Anthony Anderson) who provides most of the few laughs, one of toilet humor, as the chef for the orchestra in which Banks is playing. Some good old slapstick comedy gave a little light to this otherwise mostly dull flick. Also assisting Banks, unbeknownst to him initially, is the fetching Emily Sommers (Hannah Spearritt) who is also doubling but from the British Intelligence Agency with the same goal as Banks.
This is the standard fare which Hollywood filmmakers think prepubescent kids will like. Flatulence and toilet humor. [Eph. 5:4] Lifting of the child above his parents. [Exod. 20:12; Heb. 13:17; Eph. 6:4] This film presents some serious attempts to kill and forced drugging to abduct, thus the red CAPCon Alert light. Lying is rampant as would be expected, or is said to be expected of "espionage" and of kids to their parents. [Rev. 21:8] Threats to the wholesomeness of youthful viewers [Luke 17:2} is extended to even younger viewers now with much drinking and smoking in this show for kids. [Eph. 5:18] And if you do not think that to be a serious threat, read the report "Relation Between Parental Restrictions on Movies and Adolescent Use of Tobacco and Alcohol"
As an added bonus, below is a display of two sets of CAP thermometers, comparing the scoring of the two Cody Banks movies. Of special note is the near parallel scoring between Agent Cody Banks (PG) of 2003 and this Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (PG) of 2004. Both films earned nearly exactly the same scoring in the Final Score, the Influence Density and the MinMax score but for quite different reasons as revealed by the positions of the "mercury" in the thermometers (the higher the better the wholesomeness). A very interesting finding, indeed. And a very revealing finding not possible by sny other service. Well, what can we expect? I may be the engineer of this analysis model but Jesus is the Designer.
Please inspect the listing in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP Analysis Model) before deciding whether to take you young ones to see this film.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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Kids, Teens and Home Vertical Portal
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|