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How do films this stale and generic continue to get made, let alone with topflight talent? Cedric has been stealing scenes from bigger names for nearly a decade; he deserves better than a few amusingly-improvised minutes at the end of his own movie.
Aside from Cedric's admittedly appealing persona -- he's always watchable, even in dreck like this -- there's absolutely nothing to recommend The Cleaner, not the putative comedy nor the action, which kicks in only at the end.
The story keeps stopping dead to deliver product placement for Jake's favorite brands of junk food. There must be a better way to work Skittles into the script than to have Jake keep saying things like, 'I love Skittles.'
The idea is that given the basic premise, the comedian will fill in the gaps with his own bits of business. Cedric is hardly up to the task. Though he's a scene stealer in other people's movies, he relies on tired reactions ("heeellll naw" is his mantra).
A faux thriller plot has something to do with a stolen computer chip. The chip isn't the only thing missing from this tepid concoction. You may be hard pressed to find real laughs, with Cedric proving more affable than funny.
Director Les Mayfield can only do so much with the anemic, obvious script by Robert Adetuyi and George Gallo. And while his limited action sequences are very solid, this is a comedy, and within it he doesn't do much for his actors.