The span between late adolescence and adulthood is a narrow bridge made of rope, and it swings and sways as yet another poor kid makes his or her way across. This is one angle for getting a fix on Muniz's weird, tense performance in his second go-round as high school student and CIA operative Banks. Muniz's shoulder-shrugging wiriness conveyed an I'm-just-a-kid lack of pretension in the first Cody Banks. But at this stage of his life—he turned 18 in December—he looks like an office intern staving off a panic attack.
This sequel has less Mission: Impossible hardware than the original and more international-thriller intrigue (and no Angie Harmon in sex-kitten spy outfits). A rogue agent escapes to London with mind-control software that can be downloaded into the molars of world leaders. Going undercover, Cody pretends to be a clarinetist in a student orchestra scheduled to play before the Queen at a world summit. It's pretty bland, regardless of a viewer's age—except for British actress Hannah Spearritt as another band member. She has a cool, breathy voice and a confident presence. But then she's 23 and safely across the bridge. (PG)
FAMILY ACTION COMEDY