Code Name: The Cleaner (PG-13)

Action/Adventure 84 January 5, 2007
By Luke Y. Thompson
A man who may or may not be a janitor wakes up in a fancy hotel next to a dead FBI agent with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Not a bad setup, but unfortunately the man in question is played by Cedric the Entertainer, who has yet to actually do as his moniker suggests when placed in a leading role. The most entertaining thing about the film is its interspersing of grainy stock footage of Seattle with what are clearly Vancouver locations. That, or the audacity with which plugs for Skittles and Quizno's are liberally sprinkled throughout the dialogue. But back to the plot: You wouldn't imagine that a man so overweight could elude his pursuers as easily as our hero does, and you also wouldn't imagine that he'd get help from a butt-kicking babe (Lucy Liu) who may or may not be his girlfriend. If you believe that pairing could plausibly occur in reality, you might be gullible enough to buy a ticket to this movie.
Les Mayfield Cedric The Entertainer, Lucy Liu, Elizabeth Hurley, Nicollette Sheridan, Callum Keith Rennie, DeRay Davis, Mark Alan Dacascos David Rotman, Ryan Oxford, Robert Adetuyi Brett Ratner, Eric Rhone, Jay Stern New Line Cinema

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