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Code Name: The Cleaner

Still dirty
By TOM MEEK  |  January 10, 2007

Cedric the Entertainer has it tough. An amnesia victim caught up in corporate espionage and FBI double-dealings, he must put up with having Desperate Housewife Nicollette Sheridan crawl all over him in a thong. Later, he’s holed up with Lucy Liu. The Entertainer’s memory-challenged Jake, it seems, may or may not be an undercover operative; Sheridan’s femme fatale Diane might be posing as Jake’s wife, and Liu’s jealous girlfriend Gina has a few secrets of her own. The two actresses are framed fetchingly, but it’s Sheridan who gets the juicier role; the usually saucy Liu is inert and underutilized in sidekick mode. Neither does director Les Mayfield (Encino Man) help with his dearth of comic synergy. The Entertainer conjures up some charm, and DeRay Davis provides pyrotechnics as a janitor/wanna-be rapper, but like the teddy-clad bubble-bath square-off between Liu and Sheridan, it’s just not enough or — depending on your sensibilities — too much.

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