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Code Name: The Cleaner (2007)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 5 January 2007 (USA)
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Jake is a seemingly regular guy who has no idea who he is after being hit over the head by mysterious assailants; when he finds himself entangled in a government conspiracy, Jake and his ... See full summary »

Director:

Les Mayfield
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cedric the Entertainer ... Jake Rodgers (as Cedric The Entertainer)
Lucy Liu ... Gina
Nicollette Sheridan ... Diane
Mark Dacascos ... Eric Hauck
Callum Keith Rennie ... Shaw
Niecy Nash ... Jacuzzi
DeRay Davis ... Ronnie
Will Patton ... Riley
Kevin McNulty ... Doctor Soames
Beau Starr ... Old Timer (as Beau Davis)
Bart Anderson Bart Anderson ... Charlie
Tom Butler ... Crane
Robert Clarke ... The Butler
Rick Tae ... Mini Bar Attendant
Kurt Max Runte ... Dead FBI Agent
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Jake is a seemingly regular guy who has no idea who he is after being hit over the head by mysterious assailants; when he finds himself entangled in a government conspiracy, Jake and his pursuers become convinced that he is an undercover agent. Written by Anonymous

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In a dirty world, he's our only hope.

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Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, crude humor and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cleaner See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,244,142, 7 January 2007

Gross USA:

$8,104,069, 28 January 2007
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Elizabeth Hurley was the original choice for Diane. See more »

Goofs

The glass panel shatters before the slipping bad guy breaks through it. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Jake Rodgers: I'm the Black Rambo!
Gina: ...Blambo?
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Where Da Boggie At?
Written by Khalis Bayyan, Hakim Bell, Rahman Griffin, Donald Boyce, Addisu Sileshi,
Christopher Brower, Robert Kool Bell (as Robert Bell), George Funky Brown, Robert Spike Mickens, Claydes Smith, Dennis D.T. Thomas (as Dennis Thomas) and Richard Westfield
Performed by Kool & The Gang featuring R.O.C. & Da Prince Hakim
Courtesy of KFTA Entertainment
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The user rating is 2.6. Thank God!
13 January 2007 | by guyfromjerzeeSee all my reviews

Cedric the Entertainer is certainly a talented comedian, but with a script this boring and stupid, even he couldn't breathe life into this horrible mess of a comedy. Despite the bad reviews, I was still slightly eager to check out the movie. The year has just started and already I have a candidate for the worst movies of 2007. The spy comedy has been done to death. And the fact that the writers had nothing new to bring to the table didn't help. I must've chuckled a total of 5 times, and received no laughs whatsoever. As the movie (thankfully) approached its conclusion, I jokingly thought to myself, "This is probably one of those flicks that contains a gag reel over the closing credits." Well...I was right! I frequently disapprove of gag reels over the credits of good movies. When you show a gag reel after a bad movie, it's like rubbing salt on a wound. The only part of this movie worth checking out is Nicolette Sheridan doing an erotic dance in her lingerie. If the movie ever makes it to HBO On Demand, I suggest you just fast-forward to that particular scene, mute the sound, and watch it in a loop. Yes, it's that friggin' hot! As for the comedy, expect your usual assortment of bland, crude, sitcom-style gags. If you can't see the punchlines to each gag coming a mile away, you might want to consider getting a cat scan. In one scene, a janitor (one of Cedric's co-workers) is interrogated by a federal agent in a restroom. The agent points a gun at him, urging him to give him some information about Cedric's character. The janitor is an aspiring rapper, and goes on a whole rant about how he wants to be shot, since he wants to be the first rapper to write his songs while in a coma. He bends over, begging the agent to shoot him in the backside. The agent eventually leaves the restroom, as the janitor keeps screaming out, "Put a bullet in my a**! Put it in my a**! Put it in my as**!" And--guess what--one of his fellow janitors strolls into the restroom as he continues to scream out, "Put it in my a**!" Unless you're a teenager who will laugh at all things scatological, you might want to consider putting a bullet in your own rear end for finding an outrageously stupid gag like that funny. My God! How screenwriters actually get paid to write this crap still boggles my mind! A man of Cedric's talent is capable of doing much, much more, as he's shown in the "Barbershop" movies. But when given rotten material like this, he attempts to mend each failed joke with improvisation, which in turn makes the jokes even more annoying.


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