One pint-sized secret agent, one wild knife-wielding fugitive, one strung-out Brittany Murphy and a whole bunch of rats collide as "Agent Cody Banks," "The Hunted," "Spun" and "Willard" hit theaters this week.
"Malcolm in the Middle" star Frankie Muniz plays a teen CIA operative in the far-fetched "Agent Cody Banks." Banks is assigned to get close to a scientist's daughter, played by Hilary Duff of the Disney Channel's "Lizzie McGuire."
Tasked with a more daunting assignment, Tommy Lee Jones ("The Fugitive") plays an FBI agent who must capture a rogue former assassin he trained, played by Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro ("Traffic"), in "The Hunted."
Government agents would certainly like to get their hands on Brittany Murphy ("8 Mile"), or at least on her character in "Spun." She plays a drug-addicted stripper looking to score in the feature film debut from music video director Jonas Akerlund (Metallica, Christina Aguilera). Co-starring Jason Schwartzman ("Rushmore"), Mena Suvari ("American Beauty"), John Leguizamo ("Summer of Sam"), Mickey Rourke ("9 1/2 Weeks") and porn star Ron Jeremy, the indie flick goes into limited release this weekend.
And finally, in wide release, is a remake of the rat-based 1970s horror film "Willard," (click to see photos from "Willard") starring eccentric actor Crispin Glover — a veteran of edgy films like "River's Edge" but known in mainstream circles for his work in "Back to the Future" and, more recently, "Charlie's Angels."
All of these films will compete with last weekend's #1 movie, Steve Martin and Queen Latifah's "Bringing Down the House" (see "Queen Latifah 'Brings Down' The Box Office").