MGM is including an apologetic paragraph in the DVD version of its recent kid spy pic “Agent Cody Banks.”
The furor erupted over an almost throwaway line in the film, at the end of the testy first meeting between the film’s protag, played by Frankie Muniz, and his love interest, played by Hilary Duff. After Muniz’s character stumbles through several inane questions, Duff’s character barks, “Are you in special ed?” and stomps off.
“We got hell,” said a Lion insider of the resulting upset from families of children in special education classes. To quell the yelling, the company added the following to the insert on the DVD, which launches Aug. 5 with a big ad push:
“Regarding the references to special ed in the movie, we in no way meant to be insensitive to kids with special educational needs. Rather, it was meant to show how cruel kids can be to one another. As you have seen, Cody overcomes his own speech problems and saves the day. Thank you to those who brought this to our attention. We will be mindful of it in the sequel.”