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(2004), PG
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
March 11, 2004
69 out of 100

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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" by the American College of Physicians (ACP) that reports of 4544 youths from grades 5 through 8 of fifteen Vermont and New Hampshire middle schools (90% were under fourteen years old),. Exposure to drinking and smoking in and as entertainment caused measurable increase of abuse of these substances by the youthful viewers. Though the study centers around viewing of R-rated films by underage youth, the focus is abuse of alcohol and tobacco emboldened by entertainment. God knew what He was saying when He warned us that bad company (such as that in viewing drinking and smoking) corrupts good behavior [1 Cor 15:33]. And He knew what He was saying long before the scientists labeled it, studied and wrote papers on it, claiming to have discovered something.

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.

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  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Exod. 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
  • Heb. 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you [your parents], and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account [report to God], that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
  • Eph. 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk. A recent study has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • "survival" fighting
  • criminal planning - mind control to manipulate government officials
  • attempted murder of an adolescent by mini rocket, repeatedly
  • assault, repeatedly
  • threat to kill
  • additional attempted murder of an adolescent
  • breaking and entering

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • building web of lies to keep parents in the dark
  • additional lies, repeatedly
  • flatulence, twice
  • toilet humor using urine
  • arrogance to parents

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • adult gluteous fissure exposed
  • same-sex hint
  • crotch hit

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • forced drugging to abduct, repeatedly
  • booze, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • God's name used in vain once in song without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

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