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Code Name: The Cleaner

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Amnesia action-comedy might hurt your brain, too.

Movie PG-13 2007 84 minutes
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Crude and mostly pathetic, Code Name: The Cleaner rips off almost every other action-comedy film of the past decade, especially those starring Martin Lawrence and Jackie Chan. From its weak premise to its boring action to its unpleasant jokes, director Les Mayfield's movie fulfills the worst expectations of January releases: It's awful.

The plot involves a super-important computer chip, video games, FBI agents, and a Dutch clogging demonstration, as well as an ambitious janitor (DeRay Davis) who raps about plungers and mops and a fierce CEO who also happens to be a lethal martial arts expert (Mark Decascos). No, these various elements don't ever come together to make sense. And yes, Jake does remember who he is. Not that you'd care.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 4, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: April 24, 2007
  • Cast: Cedric the Entertainer , Lucy Liu , Nicollette Sheridan
  • Director: Les Mayfield
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors, Female actors, Asian actors
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 84 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content, crude humor and some violence.
  • Last updated: February 12, 2024

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