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Waking up as a secret agent

Published January 4, 2007


Cedric the Entertainer gets another shot at headlining a movie in Code Name: The Cleaner (PG-13), a spy comedy dumped into the January wasteland between holiday hits and Oscar hopefuls.

Mr. the Entertainer plays Jake Rodgers, an ordinary guy who gets amnesia after being conked on the noggin. Jake becomes convinced that he is a secret agent caught in a government conspiracy. Every spy needs hotties hanging around, so Lucy Liu and Nicollette Sheridan co-star.

Mr. the Entertainer is funny in supporting roles (Barbershop, Be Cool) and as an animated voice (Charlotte's Web, Madagascar). Taking lead roles hasn't been as successful, with extended exposure in Johnson Family Vacation and The Honeymooners exposing his limited capabilities. At any rate, Code Name: The Cleaner should be funnier than the other current spy movie, The Good Shepherd.

The film opens Friday.

STEVE PERSALL, Times Film Critic

The producers of Shrek and Shrek 2 bring another animated fairy tale to the big screen Friday, Happily N'Ever After. This time, Cinderella's wicked stepmother (voiced by Sigourney Weaver) gets hold of a wizard's wand and vows to make sure no one in Fairy Tale Land is happy.

Cinderella (Sarah Michelle Gellar), now known as Ella, tries to save the day. Other voices include Gellar's real-life husband Freddie Prinze Jr., Wallace Shawn, Andy Dick and George Carlin.

A review by a member of the St. Petersburg Times X-team will appear Monday on the Xpress kids' page in Floridian.






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