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"CODE NAME: THE CLEANER"
(2007) (Cedric the Entertainer, Lucy Liu) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Minor Mild Heavy *Minor Heavy
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Moderate Minor Moderate Moderate Moderate
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Heavy None Minor Mild Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: After waking up next to a dead FBI agent, a man suffering from amnesia tries to figure out if he's just a janitor or really an undercover spy with whom a variety of people are interested.
PLOT:
Jake Rodgers (CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER) has just awakened to find himself next to a dead FBI agent and a briefcase full of cash. Unable to remember his name, but experiencing scant flashbacks of what appear to be covert military operations, Jake flees the scene, only to run into Diane (NICOLLETTE SHERIDAN) who claims to be his wife and returns him to their wealthy lifestyle.

When he overhears that she's really looking for a computer chip -- for Digital Arts executive Eric Hauck (MARK DACASCOS) -- and will go to extreme measures to get that info from him, Jake takes off. He then encounters waitress Gina (LUCY LIU) who acts like his girlfriend who tries to dispel his notions of being some sort of secret agent, telling him he's just an ordinary janitor, working alongside wannabe rapper Ronnie (DeRAY DAVIS).

With FBI agent Shaw (CALLUM KEITH RENNIE) wanting to find him and nebulous contact Riley (WILL PATTON) also interested in the missing computer chip, Jake must figure out his real identity, who to trust, and what they want with that hardware.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Possibly, especially if they're fans of anyone in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For sexual content, crude humor and some violence.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER plays a man with amnesia who tries to discover his real identity all while dealing with others who want the computer chip from him. He uses profanity, makes various sexual comments, and engages in exaggerated behavior that some kids may want to imitate.
  • LUCY LIU plays a waitress who acts like Jake's girlfriend, but is really an undercover agent who fights various villains and shoots at some of them.
  • NICOLETTE SHERIDAN plays a comely woman who poses as Jake's wife (including in some skimpy lingerie) in hopes of getting him to divulge the whereabouts of the missing computer chip. She fights Gina and sports lots of cleavage.
  • MARK DACASCOS plays the computer company boss who's corrupt and wants both the chip back and Jake dead.
  • CALLUM KEITH RENNIE plays a corrupt FBI agent who wants to find Jake and fights with him and Gina.
  • DeRAY DAVIS plays a janitor who wants to become a scatological-based rapper.
  • WILL PATTON plays a mysterious man who wants to know about the computer chip and makes contact with Jake about it.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a quick look at the content found in this comedy that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 9 "s" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also used. Sexually related dialogue is present, as is the sight of a voluptuous woman in a skimpy bra and panties while doing some sexual dancing and coming on to a clothed man on a bed. Other sexually related material (including some brief gay bits) as well as varying amounts of cleavage are also present.

    Violence consists of a person being shot dead, while fighting (standard and martial arts style) also occurs. Military style and other gun battles are present, but no one is seen being hit in them. Some of that violence has bloody results, while the film's villains all have bad attitudes. Some of that and other behavior might be enticing for some kids to imitate, while some crude humor is present, as are some drug-related comments.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, a few scenes have varying amounts of handheld camerawork in them.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Jake can't understand what an Asian hotel worker is saying, mistakenly repeating, "Reefer in the mini-bar?"
  • Overhearing a "doctor" telling Diane he's going to administer Jake a combination of speed and sodium pentothal (to make him talk) Jake then flees.
  • Jake talks about having some mai-tais with Gina when she suggests going somewhere.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • A dead FBI agent has a bloodstain on his shirt and some blood on the pillow around his head.
  • Jake has a slightly bloody ear after waking up (from being knocked out).
  • Jake asks where the bathroom is, stating he'll be in there a few minutes or half an hour.
  • Another janitor states he's "been in sh*t water all morning" and then does a rap bit all about scatological material (including lines about doo-doo, diarrhea and such).
  • While under the effects of sodium pentothal, Jake tells Shaw, "Your breath smells like ass."
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Those after the illegal computer chip obviously have bad attitudes, including Diane who poses as Jake's wife while trying to get information out of him.
  • Hauck states he wants his chip back as well as Jake dead.
  • Jake is somewhat demeaning to Gina when she offers to help (regarding him believing he's a government agent while thinking she's just a waitress).
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • It's possible that scenes listed under "Violence" might be unsettling or suspenseful to the youngest of viewers and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material. Yet, all of them are played for comedy and/or action rather than true suspense.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns//Machine guns/Explosives: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound or kill others and/or cause property damage. See "Violence" for details.
  • We see footage from a video game where a seated villain fires a machine gun at no one in particular.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Big Jake can't remember sh*t right now," "I've been in sh*t water all morning," "I can't remember sh*t," "Bullsh*t," "I'm so happy I'm married to a freak," "Making the Willie chilly," "Tip-toe, hello," "Breathe beauty in, nasty out," "What the hell /is this/is going on/happened to your head/you been/is that?" "Reefer in the mini-bar?" "No damn idea," "Oh hell no," "Your loss Mandingo," "Hottie," "Too damn busy for your boo," "Fine ass girlfriend" (said and seen written), "Fool," "You're a janitor, dumb ass," "Broom raider," "I was like James Bond on Red Bull," "Damn girl," "Stings like a bitch," "Big ass," "Quit it with the haymaker" (rapid slapping), "Shut up, you idiot," "Oh hell no," "Fine ass," "Freaky," "Bad ass," "Blambo," "My ass," "Hell no," "Your breath smells like ass," "Mop boy," "Shake your ass," "Hell yeah," "Too damn easy" and "Get your junk in the trunk." *Jake's exaggerated mannerisms and some of the martial arts moves may be enticing for some kids to imitate.
  • Gina purposefully pours ice water onto Jake's clothed crotch in a restaurant, causing him to state she's "making the Willie chilly." In the end-credits footage, we see variations of that, with Jake commenting on keeping the freezie off the "deezie"(or something sounding like that, meaning the same thing) and the "ice off the dice."
  • Jake playfully slaps Gina's clothed butt.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • Gunfire suddenly hits near Jake and Riley.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A moderate amount of action-oriented and suspenseful music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • Various songs include some profanity such as "hell" and "ass," as well as sexually related lyrics such as "sexy lady" and "shake your ass."
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 9 "s" words, 3 slang terms for sex ("hitting it," as well as a possible "balling"), 4 slang terms using male genitals ("Little Jack," "Willie" and what sounded like "deezie"), 22 damns, 20 asses, 11 hells, and 1 use each of "God" and "Sweet Jesus."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • Jake wakes up in bed (we see a side view of him, clothed, on top of the bed), stretches, and then feels someone next to him. Thinking it's a woman, he's happy (saying, "Oh yeah"), lightly runs his fingers along the clothed body (saying, "Tip-toe, hello") and pats the clothed butt, only to discover that it's really a dead, male FBI agent.
  • Jake has a flashback to being a military operative where he slaps his male team's clothed butts as they pass by (in a nonsexual fashion). When he returns to reality, he finds he has an older, clothed woman bent over in an elevator and is slapping her butt. That woman then smiles, stops him from saying anything, and then adjusts her skirt as she walks out.
  • Diane shows varying amounts of cleavage (sometimes a lot) in various outfits during the film.
  • Diane passionately kisses Jake as a diversion to prevent others from spotting him.
  • Jake suggestively asks Diane, "Where's the bedroom?" as he smiles at her. She shows him, and moments later he playfully slaps her clothed butt.
  • Jake finds what's supposedly his small thong in his closet, but reacts as if there's no way it's his.
  • We see a magazine photo of a woman in a bikini top (showing cleavage).
  • Diane returns to the bedroom and stands before Jake in a very small bra and panties, the latter of which show most of her bare butt and barely covers her crotch. She then does some sexy dancing for him (meant to be comical due to his reaction as he watches, clothed, from the bed). He says, "Big Jack can't remember sh*t right now, but Little Jack is screaming I'm home" (referring to his penis). She then crawls on top of him on the bed (on all fours above him), prompting him to state he's so happy "I'm married to a freak." When he won't/can't tell her the whereabouts of a computer chip, she walks out, with him saying "Little Jack" can't wait much longer.
  • The camera focuses on a woman's butt in her dance skirt.
  • Jake thinks a man in a parked car has given him a spy signal, but it's really just a gay man thinking he's meeting his chat room acquaintance (using a sexually related name that includes "69" in it). Jake tries to blow him off, but the man asks if he's hot and sweaty and then says, "Your loss, Mandingo."
  • Jake comments on having a "hot wife" who's a "hottie."
  • Jake spots Gina walking toward him (in slow motion) in a tight waitress outfit that shows her cleavage. As she walks away, the camera focuses on her clothed butt, representing his point of view (and he refers to her as a "fine ass girlfriend").
  • Gina purposefully pours ice water onto Jake's clothed crotch in a restaurant, causing him to state she's "making the Willie chilly." In the end-credits footage, we see variations of that, with Jake commenting on keeping the freezie off the "deezie"(or something sounding like that, meaning the same thing) and the "ice off the dice."
  • Jake makes a comment about what sounded like "balling."
  • Trying to keep him from being spotted in her car, Gina pulls Jake's head down to her clothed crotch, saying she needs to take him somewhere familiar (to jog his memory). He then suggestively says he's already there.
  • Shaw punches Ronnie in the gut and then holds a gun on him. The aspiring rapper, however, wants the FBI agent to shoot him to give him some street cred. He keeps urging him to do that, quickly deciding he wants Shaw to shoot him in the "ass." He then turns around and bends over, imploring that shot be to his clothed butt, repeating, "Put it in my ass." Shaw, however, has left, replaced by Ronnie's older coworker who says he doesn't know Ronnie anymore.
  • Jake asks how long he's been "hitting it" (having sex) with Gina, but she says he hasn't as he'd remember doing that with her (as she suggestively flips her hip).
  • While patting the bed next to him, Jake asks Gina if he's still good at other things.
  • Jake asks if he's the lover he thinks he is, but he doesn't get an answer.
  • A parking attendant talks of Jake previously being "all up in here" (referring to her body) and then shows photos of them cavorting (clothed, nothing explicit) and then one of him hugging a goat.
  • Diane and Gina get into a martial arts fight with various punches and kicks. Jake likes the look of that and then imagines the two cavorting in bubbles in a hot tub while wearing lingerie (Diane in the more skimpy outfit, all as a song plays with lines such as "shake your ass").
  • Jake playfully slaps Gina's clothed butt.
  • In the end-credits outtakes, we see more footage of Diane in the skimpy lingerie (from the bedroom scene above). There's also a bit with the above older woman suggestively slapping Jake's clothed butt as he bends over.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Diane cries over Jake not remembering she's his wife, but we later learn that's not the case.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Amnesia.
  • Government agents.
  • Computer chips.
  • VIOLENCE
  • A dead FBI agent has a bloodstain on his shirt and some blood on the pillow around his head.
  • After discovering that dead FBI agent, Jake accidentally steps on broken glass on the floor in his sock feet.
  • Diane whacks Jake.
  • Jake hits golf balls and we hear the sound of one breaking glass and a cat screeching. Another ricochets and nearly hits a butler who ducks as the ball breaks a vase behind him.
  • We see a flashback to a gun battle between Jake's forces and others, but no one is hit.
  • Jake tries to climb down a trellis of sorts that then pulls away from a wall sending him falling backwards onto the roof of a parked truck.
  • A flashback shows a plastic explosive causing an explosion.
  • Another flashback shows a gun battle, but no one is hit.
  • Shaw punches Ronnie in the gut and then holds a gun on him. The aspiring rapper, however, wants the FBI agent to shoot him to give him some street cred. He keeps urging him to do that, quickly deciding he wants Shaw to shoot him in the "ass." He then turns around and bends over, imploring that shot be to his clothed butt, repeating, "Put it in my ass." Shaw, however, has left, replaced by Ronnie's older coworker who says he doesn't know Ronnie anymore.
  • Jake blocks Gina as she tries to slap him, but she then stomps down on his foot and then tries slapping him again.
  • In a flashback, Jake and other armed men make their way through a war-torn area, with someone opening a door into Jake, disarming him. Jake, however, repeatedly hits that person, followed by gunfire (but no one is hit).
  • Gunfire suddenly hits near Jake and Riley. Some men then grab and throw Jake into their vehicle.
  • Shaw nearly shoots Jake as he flees, but Diane knocks Shaw's arm aside.
  • Gina and Jake flee in a car, but two men jump onto the roof, with one firing down into the car with his gun. Gina shoots back, hitting the man who falls off (no blood). The other then grabs her from above, including by the throat, but she hits and then kicks that man, followed by yanking the emergency break, causing the car to stop and the second man to fly through the air and smash into a parked car's windshield.
  • Gina holds her gun on a parking attendant.
  • Gina and Shaw hold their guns on each other.
  • In a flashback, guns are held on Jake who then struggles with one man. Shaw then shoots at Jake who spins the other man around, causing him to be hit and killed. Another agent then hits Jake on the head with a lamp, breaking its glass and knocking him out.
  • Gina shoots at the villains who fire back at her and Jake.
  • Jake sends an electric floor buffer at a villain and it hits and knocks the man out. Another villain slides across the slick floor, smashes through a plate glass window and crashes onto a desk. Another slips and Jake hits that man on the head with one of those folding "wet floor" signs. Jake hits Shaw with a mop and another man with a metal pail, while Gina fights Hauck. The latter then fights two security guards (martial arts moves from all three), while Gina then fights Shaw (getting him in the gut or crotch before he punches her to the floor). Jake then hits Hauck many times and more fighting occurs.
  • Diane and Gina get into a martial arts fight with various punches and kicks.



  • Reviewed January 3, 2007 / Posted January 5, 2007

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