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Code Name: The Cleaner (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  5 January 2007 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Rodgers (as Cedric The Entertainer)
Beau Starr ...
Old Timer (as Beau Davis)
Bart Anderson ...
Robert Clarke ...
The Butler
Mini Bar Attendant
Dead FBI Agent


Cedric the Entertainer plays Jake, 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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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Release Date:

5 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Cleaner  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,244,142 (USA) (5 January 2007)


£61,734 (UK) (7 December 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


In the 'slapping' scene between Gina and Jake (right before the first slap is thrown), a crew member's shadow is clearly reflected in the shower door. See more »


Diane: I can't believe you don't remember your own wife!
Jake Rodgers: I'm married?... to a white woman?... Am i Lionel Richie?
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Crazy Credits

Out-takes play over the first part of the end credits See more »


References Psycho (1960) See more »


Written by Michael K. Rosenman (as Mike Rosenman)
Courtesy of Private Wavs
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23 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ever since Cedric the Entertainer burst onto the scene with his critically acclaimed, scene-stealing performance in the original "Barbershop," no filmmaker has quite figured out how best to harness the considerable talents of this longtime standup comic. In the years since that film was released, C the E has appeared in one monumental turkey after another, with his latest endeavor, "Code Name: The Cleaner," marking what we can only hope will be a professional low point before he begins his gradual ascent back towards some degree of cinematic respectability.

In what is clearly one of the lamest, dopiest and most ill-conceived spy comedies in movie history, Cedric plays an amnesia victim who wakes up in a hotel room next to a dead FBI agent and a suitcase stuffed with hundreds of thousands of dollars. Unsure of who he is - the possibilities range all the way from an undercover spy to a local janitor - or how he managed to get himself into such a predicament, the mystery man, Jake, is soon on the run from unknown forces out to nab him and the valuable computer chip it is believed he has in his possession.

This is such a perfectly ridiculous piece of celluloid-wasting cinema that it is scarcely worth the time it takes to watch, let alone comment on, the movie. Suffice it to say that Cedric needs to start looking into getting himself a better agent, while his co-stars - like Lucy Liu, whose career is clearly in as much trouble as Cedric's - should begin deleting this film from their professional resumes as quickly as is humanly possible.

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