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Code Name: The Cleaner (movie post)





A supposed action comedy thriller, Code Name: The Cleaner sees a janitor named Jake waking up in a hotel room next to a dead FBI agent and a briefcase full of cash, after being whacked on the head. He has no clue who he is or how he got there.

From the DVD: "Things go from bad to worse when his blonde bombshell wife (Nicollette Sheridan) arrives to inform him that he's a Special Forces Operative entangled in a high-level government conspiracy. But nothing seems to add up as Jake digs deeper into the case. Teaming up with another beauty from his past (Lucy Liu), this custodian of comedy needs to get a clue before the bad guys take him out with the trash!"

Callum plays Richard Shaw, a corrupt FBI Agent who leads the hunt for Jake.



The IMDb page: Code Name: The Cleaner (2007)

Directed by Les Mayfield (Blue Streak, Miracle on 34th Street), written by Robert Adetuyi and George Gallo. Gallo wrote the screenplays for Bad Boys/Bad Boys II, Midnight Run, and The Whole Ten Yards.

Cedric The Entertainer is "the most ironically named person in Hollywood" as one IMDb commenter put it. Original stand-up comedian, he has appeared in various films like Barbershop, and provided voices for a host of animated characters. Lucy Liu was in Ally McBeal, Charlie's Angels, and Kill Bill. Nicollette Sheridan got her break in the 80s on shows like Paper Dolls and Knots Landing. Most recently, she has appeared on Desperate Housewives.



Cast / Characters:

Cedric The Entertainer
Lucy Liu
Nicollette Sheridan
Mark Dacascos
Callum Keith Rennie
DeRay Davis
Will Patton
Niecy Nash
Kevin McNulty
BJ Davis

Jake Rodgers
Gina
Diane
Eric Hauck
Shaw
Ronnie
Riley
Jacuzzi
Doctor Soames
Old Timer (as Beau Davis)



Also Known As: The Cleaner (USA - informal short title)

Year: 2007

Runtime: 91 min

Country: USA

IMDB rating: 3.8/10 (with 3,720 votes)

Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime

Keywords: Janitor | Airport | Memory Loss | Clogs | Golf | Spanking | Spy Spoof | Girl Fight | Flashback Sequence | Cleaning Crew | Secret Agent | Wealth | Video Game



Awards:

1 nomination (Razzie Awards 2008, Worst Supporting Actress: Nicollette Sheridan)



There 20 user comments, almost all are unsurprisingly negative.

One example:
"I was working all day and I thought that nothing would be better, than a nice comedy to cheer me up. But unfortunately I was wrong.

The movie started fine, not awful, not great. After about 20-25min of the movie I realized that the movie wont be on my top list. More precisely it was going to be one of the worst movies. First of all movies about spies, especially comedy related ones, are all washed up. Secondly in this certain movie you can see ahead, everything is so obvious that even an eleven year old kid would be bored. The dialogs are very poor, all the "funny" things were already used in other movies. I was really very surprised about the quality of it, as there are at least three good actors in it. Personally I think that Cedric the Entertainer and Lucy Liu are better actors than it is seen in this movie.

I advise you, if you don't have anything else to watch, pick up a book or listen to music. The time will be better spent."


The rest of the comments can be found here.



Callum Quotient: 15%



Pictures:












Bonus YouTube

The Official Trailer (with Callum featured):


CKR Scene (with Lieutenant Welsh!):




Quotes:
  • Jake: Breathe beauty in, breathe nasty out...


  • Ronnie: You're asking a whole lot of questions, um... agent...
    Shaw: Sir.
    Ronnie: Sir?
    Shaw: Uh-huh.
    Ronnie: You want me to call you 'Sir' now?!


  • Shaw: What better cover to infiltrate your company than a janitor? Janitors go anywhere, everywhere, nobody pays any attention to them. They're hired help.
    Diane: They are the only people who have key cards to every room in the building.
    Shaw: Total access. Janitors work after hours, after everyone else has gone home. If I was looking for the perfect cover, (he winks) that'd be it.


  • Ronnie: This is mop life. Mop life! Sweep on!




Trivia:
  • With a $20,000,000 budget, the movie made $9,111,321 at the box office (figure from May 2007), which also made it a certified flop.

  • Beau Starr (Lieutenant Welsh from due South) is uncredited for his role as a janitor.

  • Though set in Seattle, filming took place in Vancouver. Nicollette Sheridan was working on Desperate Housewives at the same time and had to commute between LA and Vancouver for the duration of the movie shoot.



Interesting scenes:

  • Shaw interrogating Ronnie in the bathroom.

  • Jake in 'combat' mode - it looks like it's from a completely different movie. (maybe this is a good thing?)

  • Shaw arriving in his car (which looks suspiciously like a black Crown Victoria ;) and interrogating Jake at the airport.

  • The fight sequence involving Jake, Gina, Shaw, Eric, some random FBI guys, a mop, a plunger, and an industrial floor buffer.




Do I want to show this to my parents / friends / co-

workers?

Poll #1259131 Code Name: The Cleaner

Overall

Best movie I have ever seen!
0(0.0%)
It's good for a laugh.
1(6.7%)
It's okay, but only if there is nothing else on TV to watch.
2(13.3%)
It's...not that great.
6(40.0%)
Worst 90 minutes of my movie-watching life. Where's the brain bleach?!
6(40.0%)

Violence

No violence here.
0(0.0%)
Some "comedic" violence with mops and plungers.
6(40.0%)
There are fights, guns fired, but it's not too serious.
5(33.3%)
Gun-wielding maniacs pop up on every corner!
0(0.0%)
Blood and guts everywhere!
0(0.0%)

Humour?

It's a total laugh riot!
0(0.0%)
There were a few funny scenes.
3(20.0%)
I smiled a couple of times.
2(13.3%)
I cringed more than laughed.
5(33.3%)
This was supposed to be a comedy and I'm still waiting on the funny.
3(20.0%)

Sexual Content

Um, that would be none.
0(0.0%)
I don't really count Nicollette Sheridan dancing in underwear as 'sexual' but that's about as close as it gets.
2(13.3%)
Plus frolicking girls in a bubble bath. Meh.
0(0.0%)
I wish Callum had danced in his underwear...
4(26.7%)
Callum is all the sexual content you need.
3(20.0%)

Sexual Violence

It's not that sort of film.
3(20.0%)
It's REALLY not that sort of film.
2(13.3%)
Ok, so Jake slaps a granny on the bum. That's it.
0(0.0%)
...and Gina takes a plunger to Shaw's VERY IMPORTANT CROTCHAL REGION. /o\
1(6.7%)
But really, it's not that sort of film.
4(26.7%)




Shaw

Character

He's my hero!
0(0.0%)
He's a good guy who is just trying to do his job.
0(0.0%)
He's got issues, that's for sure.
7(50.0%)
He is bad news. Don't make him angry!
5(35.7%)
He makes Satan look like a fluffy kitten.
0(0.0%)

How many people does he kill?

Shaw is too angelic for any of this murder business.
0(0.0%)
One...that we know of.
11(78.6%)
Five? Six?
2(14.3%)
At least 10. He's trigger happy.
0(0.0%)
He's a hitman on the side. The death list is loooong.
1(7.1%)

He's crazy, right?

He's not crazy at all.
0(0.0%)
Angry maybe. Very very angry. *hides*
8(57.1%)
He gets a little crazy now and then but that's because his job is very stressful.
3(21.4%)
Okay he's completely nuts, but I'm sure he'll get over it eventually.
0(0.0%)
His case is terminal. He needs to be committed, stat!
1(7.1%)

Hotness?

Watch out, he sizzles!
0(0.0%)
Suits, shoulder holster, and a big gun. Yeah baby.
11(78.6%)
He's so cute I just want to ruffle his hair.
0(0.0%)
He's alright, I guess.
1(7.1%)
Not hot at all.
0(0.0%)

Queerness

He stays over at Eric's mansion all the time because they are totally boyfriends. \o/
0(0.0%)
There were definitely some lingering looks between Shaw and those other agents...
1(6.7%)
It's hard to say.
0(0.0%)
I don't think so.
3(20.0%)
The only thing Shaw sleeps with is his gun.
5(33.3%)




Does he die?
You really want to know? Are you sure? Really sure? Well, then. (highlight to read)

::He might be a bad guy, but he survives in this one. \o/::




Articles/interviews

New Line punches 'Code'
'Cleaner' bows at Time Square

By ADDIE MORFOOT
Tues. Jan 9. 2007

WHAT: New Line Cinema's "Code Name: The Cleaner" preem Thursday.
WHERE: AMC Empire Theater in Times Square followed by an after-party at Pacha in Hell's Kitchen.

AUDIENCE APPROVAL: Cedric the Entertainer fans outnumbered industryites at the AMC. Despite having the worst seats in the house (the nose-bleed section and the front rows) they laughed the loudest during the 90-minute comedy.

Unfortunately, they mobbed pic's Lucy Liu with their cell phone cameras, causing a 45-minute delay in start time.

WHAT AWARDS?: In the midst of award season buildup, New Line's Mark Kaufman said the mini-major is looking for a specific audience.

"It's good counterprogramming," Kaufman said. "We are looking for the people who want to have a good time and aren't worried about the movies that might be up for awards this season -- people who just want to see Cedric do his thing."


From here


Extract from lengthy article:

CodeName The Cleaner, Tailor Made Action!:

In keeping with Hitchcock’s style of combining comedy with suspense, director Les Mayfield set out to keep the movie grounded and real, allowing Cedric inside this very real environment to be very funny. "We’re trying to anchor this in a kind of real world, and so have stayed away from the cartoony,” says producer Jay Stern.

Director of Photography David Franco says, "We’re taking a very naturalistic approach. To keep things grounded in reality, we’re trying to avoid making the camera a part of the story and not emphasize camera movement and lighting.” This approach was reflected in the subdued color palette, which becomes brighter as colours begin to pop out when Jake gets closer to remembering who he is. The production also acknowledges the video game world and how important it is to pop culture. "We use the video game world as the playground to realize our story. It’s a very fertile playground. As Seattle is the high-tech hub of United States, that’s where we set the movie,” explains Les Mayfield.

"Our clever production designer Doug Higgins transformed a former iron foundry (circa 1920) into a bombed out air strike zone of destruction through which Jake (as Col. Bowman) leads a crack unit of special ops in pursuit of the drug lord. It’s a very impressive recreation of this urban war zone.”

Created specially for the film, this urban warfare video is one of Jake’s favorite games before he loses his memory. Once he gets the knock on the head, he becomes convinced by the images in his dreams that he’s actually Col. Bowman. Covering a city block, the war-zone set was the largest in the film, and was thoroughly researched by the Art Department who investigated footage and photos from war zones in Bosnia, Chechnya, Northern Ireland and Mogadishu.

"Utilizing the existing brick buildings, we decided to set it in some unknown town in Eastern Europe that’s going through turmoil,” says Art Director Ross Dempster whose department also researched military units, their look, how they operate and what types of guns and gadgets they utilize. For extra authenticity, the weapons wrangler supplied an arsenal of guns such as AK-47 rifles, M-4 assault rifles and nine-millimeter Berettas, all real weapons converted to fire blanks only.

To complete the urban landscape, the scene of desolation was littered with overturned flaming vehicles, the remains of buildings, rubble, scattered chunks of concrete, burnt timbers and barbed wire in addition to dangling clothes, children’s toys and pieces of furniture. "We saw some pretty horrific things going around the world during our research,” says Dempster. "This is the least comic scene of the film because it’s all in Jake’s head, and he’s mixing the reality of his hobby of game playing with everything that’s going on around him – he’s inside this game that he’s normally playing at home.”

To authenticate DART as a video game company, Dempster visited Vancouver-based Electronic Arts, one of the biggest game developers in the world, to view their motion capture stage. Here, real players are filmed to get their exact movements down to inches for the ultimate video game, set against blue backgrounds with grids to scale off actors standing next to them. Dempster used this motion capture stage as the basis for the game set, taking a few artistic liberties with blue Lego bricks, where Jake finally remembers where he has hidden the device.

DART’s Zen-like minimalist offices on stage were married to a downtown high-end office building overlooking Vancouver’s picturesque harbor; Lucy Liu’s apartment took into account her duality as waitress and undercover FBI agent, balancing masculine and feminine elements to convey an attractive character who is romantically involved with Jake but who can also spring into action, shoot a gun and take control of a situation. The audience sees Jake’s apartment when he still thinks he’s a special ops guy, so elements of cleaning projects are there, but are not obvious. The piece de resistance was Jake’s floor buffer, which in his dream sequences, appears to be a weapon. Elements of modern weaponry were adapted to change a floor cleaner into something more like a weapon.


The whole article can be found here



Lucy Liu
Codename: The Cleaner


Is it easy for you to do comedy?
It’s something I love doing, but I don’t know that I find it easy. I really, really enjoy it, and if I had the opportunity I would do more, I just think there is something really wonderful about making people laugh. It’s just great to be able to change someone’s state of mind or mood, or bring unity to a room since laughter has this unique capacity to bring people together.

What do you like about working with comedians?
Working with comics is wonderful because they just know they don’t have to stick to the script. I do think there are some very talented actors out there who may not get the opportunity to do that, yet if allowed to be, could be really, really funny. Some people like the comfort of sticking to the script but I like to go off it sometimes as, certainly in comedy, you just never know by doing that, what is going to turn up.

As in using a plunger as a weapon?
Yes! The director said, “I don’t think we should use the plunger,” and I was like, “the plunger is really funny, it’s totally gross, really inappropriate and it’s funny!” Then I added that the more he fought me, the more nasty stuff I would add in there, like the toilet brush too!

You were also a producer on this, how does producing compare with acting?
As an executive producer you have a little more say, you can go in there and really have an opinion without worrying that someone is going to think you are taking over the set. You are able to have a creative point of view and can participate in a way that can be really helpful. I just think it gives you a certain amount of freedom and makes you feel more part of a team. You also tend to look at the picture on a more overall level as opposed to just through the eyes of an actor.

Was it Drew Barrymore that inspired you to produce?
My producer involvement on Code Name was very different to Drew’s on Charlie’s Angels. Drew was on Charlie’s Angels from the very early stages, but by the time I came on board with this, the project had been green lit, there was a director on board etc. so my input was related more to my character and the fight sequences. I am far more involved in the Charlie Chan project, which I have been working on forever, from the very embryonic stages. It actually seemed funny to come on board with a project as Exec Producer, that flew by so quickly, when on something like Charlie Chan, I have been working on it for some six years and it’s still in the works!

Did you enjoy the action element of this role?
Absolutely, I love doing it, but I think production loved me doing it more! I was like, “I don’t think we need to do that much fighting,” and production were like, “no, let’s have more fighting.” When we then came to test the film, there was just an energy radiating from the audience when the action started so they were obviously right.

You are from Queens, NYC. Do you think being from Queens helped you play this tough character?
I grew up in areas surrounded by all sorts of people, it was very diverse and people in New York are all very direct. They don’t beat around the bush. They are not impolite, just to the point. My character, Gina, is very spicy and sassy and I enjoyed playing her, with that quality of directness.

Is Lucy Liu sassy and direct in real life?
I have retained a little of that, yes. It is obviously more extreme in the movie. I don’t think if I disagreed with someone I would start doing the windmills on them! At least not the first or second time, maybe the third time, if they weren’t listening to me, I’d get the windmills out!

I hear it was very cold the night you and Nicollette shot your bubble bath scene?
It was freezing, but we did shoot it at about three in the morning! We were doing nights and here we were in our lingerie in a kiddie pool, surrounded by bubbles. It was so cold the bubbles kept disappearing so we were like, “more bubbles, more bubbles!” It was super cold and I got to the point where I just stood up and said, “Cut, you’ve got enough romping in the pool now, for the fantasy moment.” Also, funnily enough, when most of the crew would have otherwise been saying, “I’m off to bed,” suddenly everyone was there for that shot, it was like a dance party!


From here



Nicollette Sheridan
Codename: The Cleaner

How did you come to be involved in Code Name: The Cleaner?

The producers sent me the script. When I read it and found out that Cedric [The Entertainer] was attached, naturally it was a shoe-in. I've found him to be quite brilliant in everything that I've ever seen him in. We did a read through in LA, we had a big cast of people and when ’Jake’, Cedric's scenes and mine came up we just started riffing and playing and ad-libbing. There was a chemistry there that I felt could really work. It ended up being as much fun as I knew it was going to be once I walked out of the read through. I was sad when it was over.

Tell us a little bit about your character in the film, Diane?
Diane is a very straight-laced, hardcore, head of security badass. She has to think on her feet in order to try and extract information out of Cedric's character and, since he has lost his memory from a bump on the head, she pretends to be his wife.

You had to film quite a saucy seduction scene. How was that for you?
I was petrified! It's horrible having to drop one's robe and expose yourself in your knickers in front of Cedric and a crew of people. It was a good five minutes of feeling extremely uncomfortable and then you realise you are just another girl in her bra and panties and Cedric was extremely supportive and made me feel very comfortable. I wasn't sure what I was going to do once I turned the music on and had to dance over to the bed. We probably did about 20 takes of just the craziest dances! Cedric can move like nobody, he’s a brother that knows how to dance, and I was feeling extremely white after he started busting some moves. He would be on the bed and I would do my thing and he would then get up and start imitating what I was doing. We did some pretty wild dances but I think in the end they settled on quite a tame one.

Did you eat anything the day you had to film that scene?
You know, I had been so busy I hadn’t worked out in a while and about a week and a half before we were due to shoot I stood in front of the mirror and thought ‘who am I trying to kid!’ So I started running, running on the treadmill, running to work, running with my dog… Luckily there is a mountain in Vancouver called The Grouse Grind which is a very painful experience and whenever I had some time off, I would just get my ass up that mountain, huffing and puffing. It would have been nice to have had six months to work it, but it was not to be!

Did you enjoy working on a comedy?
I love doing comedy and I’ve been very lucky, I’ve worked with some amazing comedians, nobody quite like Cedric though. He just never stops. He never does the same scene twice. He’s just constantly got that sense of humour of his and that crazy mind working at full throttle.

Lucy Lui says you are in great shape, did you have to do much training for your fight scene?
That's nice of her; she's in pretty damn good shape herself. We choreographed the fight scene with a stunt coordinator. Both Lucy and I have a little foundation in martial arts but we tried to choreograph it in a way that looked very authentic and tough. People had been calling it the cat fight, which we just didn't like; it's not a hair-pulling, slapping, nail-breaking fight. This was combinations and roundhouses and throwing punches and dodging kicks. It was the real deal.

Aside from fighting, the film also sees you have a close encounter with Lucy in a bubble bath…
That wasn't in the script initially. Cedric's character Jake has these fantasies throughout the film, and close to shooting the fight scene Cedric thought that his male fantasy could come in handy. He had the producers suggest that we have this bubble bath fantasy, Lucy and I unclothed, luring him into this world of bubbles. And we thought, 'No. It's not going to happen.' But slowly we warmed to the idea as it was befitting with the fantasies that occurred throughout the film. Once we established how we would do it and what we would wear, we felt it would be an unusual take on a brutal fight scene, so we shot it.


From here




Code Name: The Cleaner (2007)
Review by Sean Kernan

January 10th, 2007.

I like Cedric The Entertainer, as a stand up comic. As part of the Original Kings of Comedy and on his own HBO comedy special, Cedric has shown a real talent for ribald racial humor and sly family comedy, along with indulging his love of music and humorous dance productions. His film work however has never been able to capture the same affable personality. As a matter of fact, his film career has simply sucked. From Johnson Family Vacation to Man of the House to his latest starring effort Codename: The Cleaner, Cedric The Entertainer has flailed and flopped about in search of a good joke and most often come up empty.

Codename: The Cleaner actually has what could be a clever premise in more skilled hands. Combining a dash of Chris Nolan's Memento with a touch of The Bourne Identity inside a comedy plot, the idea is there but the execution is pitiful.

Jake Rogers (Cedric The Entertainer) woke up on the wrong side of the wrong bed this morning. Unable to remember his own name, Jake has even bigger problems than amnesia. There is a dead FBI agent in the bed with him and a suitcase full of hundred dollar bills at the foot of the bed. Did Jake kill this guy? If so why? If not, who did?

In the lobby Jake meets Diane (Nicolette Sheridan) who claims to be his wife. She knows all about his desperate situation and spirits him away to a mansion that he has no memory of living in. Jake has some kind of computer chip hidden somewhere that might help him clear his memory and figure out what all is happening and Diane desperately wants it. When her seduction skills fail to jog Jake's memory she plans to torture him, but before she can Jake escapes.

Following what little clues he has about himself, a video game company ID card and a taste for pancakes, Jake finds himself at a diner across from the videogame company where he is greeted by yet another beautiful woman, Gina (Lucy Liu), who claims to be his significant other. She informs Jake that he is no more than a simple janitor, but Jake can't shake the idea that he is somehow a high powered secret agent.

Directed by Les Mayfield (Blue Streak,American Outlaws), Codename: The Cleaner plays like a script Martin Lawrence passed on several years ago. Cedric The Entertainer mugs and moons all he can to try inject some life into this film, one made for a big comic personality, but the goofy plot and Mayfield's inept direction keep interrupting Cedric's flow.

The comedy of Codename: The Cleaner works in small doses of Cedric being Cedric. In investigating his mysterious situation, Jake finds himself dressed in Dutch boy blues and clog dancing for a wildly entertained crowd. This is Cedric The Entertainer in his comfort zone, acting goofy; independent of the ridiculous plot. The scene is entirely unnecessary and superfluous but it's also one of the rare funny moments in otherwise laughless excercise.

I've liked Lucy Liu since her weird/sexy role on TV's Ally McBeal. It's a shame that her film career has been so wildly hit and miss. Her starring roles here and in the action flick Ballistic: Ecks Vs Sever show that she should definitely avoid titles with colons in the middle, but also that maybe being a lead actress is not her strong suit. Supporting roles in Kill Bill Vol. 1 and this years terrific but sadly underseen Lucky Number Slevin have been a far better showcase for her skill, her range and her beauty.

There is no denying that Cedric The Entertainer is a funny guy and that even in something as idiotic as Codename: The Cleaner he can find laughs. But no matter how funny Cedric is; Codename: The Cleaner was doomed the moment director Les Mayfield took the helm. Mayfield's resume reads like something only a mother, or Shawn Levy, could love. Blue Streak, American Outlaws, The Man; Ugh! Les Mayfield is to bad comedy what Uwe Boll is to the videogame based horror film.

Now I always seem to get emails when I inject large issues into innocuous movies, especially when I talk about the treatment of women in films. However, Codename: The Cleaner is yet another film that treats its female cast members with contempt. There is no doubt that both Lucy Liu and Nicolette Sheridan are beautiful who turn heads whether in business attire or bikinis, but was it necessary for them to wrestle nearly nude in bubbles? Not that I didn't enjoy the visual, but the gratuity of this dream sequence is beyond anything any right thinking director could justify. As attractive as the visual is, I felt ashamed for Lucy Liu for taking part in such a degrading and unnecessary scene. As for Sheridan, her towel drop with Terrell Owens on Monday Night Football and her regular gig on the nighttime soap Desperate Housewives makes such a scene rather par for the course for her career which also includes a number of softcore straight to video flicks.

Codename: The Cleaner is not offensively bad but it's far from anything I could recommend even to the most ardent fan of Cedric The Entertainer. Director Les Mayfield continues an embarrassing string of unfunny films that is likely to continue regardless of this films box office failure. Like an old school studio hack, Mayfield makes the kind of cheap, high concept garbage that studios seem to like dumping into January, February and other non-blockbuster months.

As long as there are stand up comics in need of a quick paycheck and studios in need of dull witted filler material; the Les Mayfield's of the world will always find work.


Found here



Links

The Cleaner Movie - official site for the film.

Code Name: The Cleaner on wikipedia.

scriggle made a 7 part picspam of the movie: part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | part 4 | part 5 | part 6 | part 7

and also some Callum-behind-the-scenes from the DVD featurette here.

c_regalis picspammed the movie here, here and here.

(I have yet to find any Shaw fic... if it's out there lurking, please let me know. ;)




Availability

The movie is widely available to buy on DVD. Try Amazon.com, Amazon.ca or Amazon.co.uk




There is not much more I can add to this that hasn't already been covered by the multiple reviews/interviews. My mind boggles at the fact they were trying to make a comedic version of The Bourne Identity as it falls well short of the mark. It's a mash up of other movies that were much more original, and at times it drifts into 'serious' mode. I would have been all for keeping it that, they might have had a more successful movie.

Anyway. Callum's role is short, and he gets to work with what little material they throw at him. Playing an angry bad guy is nothing new for him and he doesn't really have to stretch himself much playing the corrupt FBI Agent Shaw. I keep trying to find something more positive, and all I can come up with is Callum in a suit, etc. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, but the high point of a movie should not be when your favourite actor pulls out his weapon. (well, okay, sometimes the way CKR does things obliterates everything else in a movie anyway but I'm trying not to be shallow here... ;)

So. The only remotely interesting scenes involve everyone else but the so-called stars - DeRay Davis for example, who plays Ronnie the Dirty Clean Rapper, is far more of an entertainer than Cedric is. I do like Lucy Liu but she is wasted in this, and Nicollette Sheridan.. err, no comment. As for Cedric, he tries too hard for the laughs which turn out to be not as funny as he seems to think it is. As long as you fastforward through to Callum's scenes, it's not as painful an experience. There ARE worse movies out there, but for a comedy it really struggles to find laughs.

Comments

( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
_unhurt_
Sep. 13th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
i've only seen a few scenes of this and - ow! i salute you for your suffering! good job!

and now i am kind of STARING at that nicollette sheridan interview. i, uh. wow.
bluebelle789
Sep. 13th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
I wish I'd only seen a few scenes... *g* Thank you! :)

I know. I just... /o\
bonspiel
Sep. 13th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
I saw this on TV a few months ago (courtesy of my CKR Tivo wishlist) and since then I have an inexplicable affection for it. All the flaws that everyone mentioned in the reviews you cited are there, definitely. But there's something about it that reminds me of the second-rate movies my brother and I watched in high school during the summers, when it was too hot to venture outside of the A/C and we would just watch random crap all day long. It just makes me laugh, and the lack of plot coherency adds to that rather than detracts. Poor Callum had to play straight man to all these goofballs - I don't know how he ever kept a straight face in that bathroom scene - but hopefully he had fun on the set at least.
bluebelle789
Sep. 15th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
It's definitely a movie for a rainy day, imo. Hehe.

I think he did have fun at least - he doesn't get shown much in the DVD featurette, but of what glimpses you can see, he's always got a big smile on his face. :)
lehanra
Sep. 13th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
I have not seen this and after checking imdb.com I'm not sure I want to. ( See I learned from the mistake that was watching Unnatural & Accidental earlier today). But he sure is pretty.
bluebelle789
Sep. 15th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
eeep! Well, I think it's safe to say this is completely harmless compared to U&A. :)
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bluebelle789
Sep. 15th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
I think Beau Starr had the right idea being uncredited - at least no one checking his IMDb would ever associate him with this movie. He's got the last laugh. *g*

It was tough. *wipes brow* thank you! :)
china_shop
Sep. 14th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
I keep trying to find something more positive, and all I can come up with is Callum in a suit, etc.

/o\

Yay review post/warning! You rock! :-)
bluebelle789
Sep. 15th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
It really is a 'Why Callum Why?!!!' project again. *sigh*

Thank you! :)
neu111
Sep. 15th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Haven't managed to see this one yet. Now I have to, if only to see the suit in movement! (or rather: in context, because of course I cheated and have watched Callum's bits)

Re: keywords - spanking?
Re: awards - Worst Supporting Actress: Nicollette Sheridan - !!
From 2nd article In keeping with Hitchcock’s style of combining comedy with suspense - triple!!!
Very instructive post, thanks!
the high point of a movie should not be when your favourite actor pulls out his weapon

Yeah, it probably shouldn't, but this or things like same favourite actor pulling out his (hockey) stick definitely are...
bluebelle789
Sep. 16th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
if only to see the suit in movement!

The suit in movement is a beautiful thing. :)

Anyway, spanking. Yeees. :\ Sadly does not involve the Callum, which would have made this movie 110% more enjoyable I'm sure. Hee!

awards - I was surprised by that, but then again... It surprises me more that it didn't earn more nominations in the Razzies. Or a win, even.

Hitchcock's style - Yeah. Between that and their attempt at a comedic 'bourne identity'... *despairs again*


Oh well. The things we suffer for Callum. *g* Thanks for commenting! :)
callumvixen
Sep. 20th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
Wonderful post, and thank you for enduring this entire movie for our benefit. &hearts
bluebelle789
Sep. 21st, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
Callum made it bearable as always. :) Thank you!
rose_griffes
Sep. 25th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
The picture of Callum winking--is that a promo pic or a screencap? (If it was capped by you, do you mind if I snag the pic to make a userpic for my LJ?)
bluebelle789
Sep. 26th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
Hi there! The winking pic is a screencap though not one of my own; I've had it on my computer for a while now but I believe it's one of the many that scriggle made. She's usually happy to let people use her caps for iconing, but if you want permission that's the person to ask. :)
c_regalis
Oct. 13th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Hi! I am late to comment, but better late then never? :D?

First, okay, I am not surprised that there is an IMDB keyword 'Girl Fight'. But, uhm, 'Clogs'? What the...?

Also NOT surprising, the, er, awards. *cackles*

*watches trailer again*

*WEEPS*

Beau Starr (Lieutenant Welsh from due South) is uncredited for his role as a janitor.

Smart man. I knew I liked him.

Okay, the polls are hard. Like, uhm, painful memories hard. Also I need a "what does it matter in a piece of crap like this" option. For all the polls.

Then again, not as hard to do as reading the Nicollette Sheridan interview. I just... I have no words.

There ARE worse movies out there, but for a comedy it really struggles to find laughs.

Um. Do you really... I mean, can you prove... then again, never mind. *hides*

So, yeah, in conclusion, awesome post. And you are very brave. Very, very brave. *bows*
bluebelle789
Oct. 16th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
:D

There was quite a long list of keywords surprisingly, I threw in some of the more, um, random ones. *g* And I'm also not surprised by the 'award', though I thought it should might have won worst film? I guess that means there WAS actually a worse candidate out there. *boggles*

Sorry for making you suffer the Sheridan interview. *pets* But you never have to look at it again? :D?










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