OK, so I know that neither Frankie Muniz nor the creators of Agent Cody Banks actually invented the over-the-sunglasses-pulled-down-the-nose-stare. That was invented by a Diet Sprite commercial. Probably. Something like that. If anything, Frankie Muniz and the creators of Agent Cody Banks were commenting on a worn out visual trope, and placing their own sardonic spin on what had already become a cliche. But that only makes Ashton Kutcher’s stupid poster for his stupid movie even funnier. Besides, starting rumors is fun. Maybe CNN will pick up on this story. They seem pretty lazy these days. And then maybe this will become an actual lawsuit. If nothing else, it would be a great way to celebrate the memory of the late, great actor Frankie Muniz. (ATTENTION: As his lawyers remind us, the great actor Frankie Muniz is alive and well. It turns out that YouTube videos made in 2007 by high schoolers as a joke are less obviously ridiculous and transparently untrue as you might think! Our apologies to the family and friends of Frankie Muniz who read Videogum, and good luck to Mr. Muniz and the rest of Phoenix Arizona’s own You Hang Up.)

Comments (68)
  1. I would have guessed agent horatio caine.
    [GIF REDACTED BY ORDER OF WARTIME SECRETARY HLEB]

  2. Respect, motherfuckers.

  3. Well, if you’re going to steal, you steal from the best.

  4. Topher Grace would never rip off Frankie Muniz

  5. Did Frankie Muniz watch Avatar?

  6. It wouldn’t be the first time. “My Boss’s Daughter” was a direct rip-off of MY LIFE.

  7. Aren’t we forgetting the greatest sunglasses over the nose moment in cinema ever?

  8. For those of you who weren’t alive in 1983, you have no idea how many dipshits were walking around with Wayfarers on because of this movie.

  9. I hope Killers wins the Oscar for best use of a GQ cover in a movie poster.

  10. Isn’t this the same plot of True Lies/Mr. and Mrs. Smith?

    Only starring this guy

  11. i hate this poster because those glasses are TOO SMALL for that fool’s head (not frankie, the other fool).

  12. Cinefile video store in L.A. used to have a whole shade tippin’ section reserved for all those videos. It and the retard movie section would crack me up every time.

    • What retarded movies?

      All I could think of is Forrest Gump and the Other Sister.

      You can throw Tropic Thunder and that Johnny Knoxville movie (all of them) but they don’t really count.

  13. Ashton Kutcher’s character in this movie was originally named Spencer Kornfeld, which isn’t very funny if you are just a regular person but it is funny if your dad is named Spencer Kornfeld (and mine is).

  14. The photoshopping on Kutcher’s poster is awful.

  15. Why is Ashton’s coat so terribad? That pocket is too big! The whole thing is just ill-fitting! And put your collar and lapels back down you ragamuffin, you don’t look fly! This is so upsetting.

  16. Ashton Kutcher says: Relax.

  17. does anybody think that the amount of photoshopping done on Kutcher left him looking bieber-ish/pre-teen lesbianish?

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