"Not Clean Enough"
What You Need To Know:
THE CLEANER comes close to being charming, but some foul language and a scene where a woman tries to stir his memory by dancing in tiny underwear make it unsuitable viewing for families. This is a shame because the story was interesting, and the acting and production values were good. While the filmmakers kept the foul elements light enough to earn a PG-13 rating, if they had left them out entirely, the movie would appeal to a larger audience.
(Ro, B, LL, V, S, N, D, M) Romantic worldview with hero being basically good and moral element of battle between good and evil: 13 obscenities and one profanity; man wakes up to find a murdered man beside him, several scenes of fighting, and shootout scenes, some imaginary; woman pretends to be wife and attempts to get information by undressing down to tiny underwear and bumping and grinding and talk about sexual arousal; woman dressed in tiny underwear and female cleavage in suggestive dance routine; man forcibly injected with sodium-pentothal in effort to get him to talk; and, lots of dishonesty as people lie to man with amnesia to try to get him to do what they want.
CODE NAME: THE CLEANER would have been a cute comedy for family viewing if only it were cleaner. The clever story involves a man (Cedric the Entertainer) who wakes up in a hotel room beside a dead FBI agent. He has lost his memory and has no idea who he is or how he got into the situation. The more people he runs into who know him, the more confused he gets. Was he a janitor or a secret agent? He must figure out who he really is from clues given by people not telling him the truth. And, he must do so before he is killed by people who are chasing him for reasons he doesn’t understand.
The movie comes close to being charming but some foul language and scenes where a woman tries to stir his memory by undressing down to tiny underwear and doing a bump and grind routine make it unsuitable viewing for families. This is a shame, because the story was interesting, and the acting and production values were good. While the filmmakers kept the foul elements mild enough to earn a PG-13 rating, if they had left them out entirely, the movie would appeal to a larger audience.
Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for CODE NAME: THE CLEANER. Buying a ticket to this movie, or watching it on DVD, probably will send the wrong message to the producers and studio executives. Vote against foul language and almost naked dancing by watching something more wholesome. Pray that those who made this move will use their talents to make some truly clean movies the whole family can enjoy.