Keanu Movie Review

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Keanu (2016)

Keanu Movie Review

Friends hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen kitten by posing as drug dealers for a street gang.

A Comedy Masterpiece (with some tears)

Let me start off by saying I just lost my cat of 12 years and was worried about seeing this without balling my eyes out in public...... With that said, I'm a huge Key & Peele fan. Their humor is very clever and edgy and is NOT for everyone. I wouldn't expect someone who didn't like their show to enjoy this film. The film starts off with some ridiculous matrix shooting and the kitten's voyage to Peele who just broke up with his girlfriend. While it was cheesy there were some tears shed as the 2 bonded. It was done so well that you actually cared if he found the cat. Key is as witty as ever doing his "white guy" slant most of the film but there was a balance that made it somewhat believable and entertaining. Peele steals the show though in the end and you're left smiling as you leave the theater. All in all a fantastic 90 minutes for kids over 16 with a couple breasts but a ton of "F" and "N" words done comically.
Keanu Movie Review
Keanu Movie Review

"Keanu" is a very good first foray into feature films for the funny duo of Key and Peele.

Meet Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Although many are already well-acquainted with the duo, the comedy "Keanu" (R, 1:38) is their first feature film together, serving as their introduction to the unitiated. Although they have each done projects on their own, these two comedians are best known as a team who met as cast members on MADtv and then starred in "Key & Peele", their own sketch comedy series, which was on television's Comedy Central for five seasons (2012-2015). That show was critically-acclaimed and award-winning, but underseen by the general public. The end of "Key & Peele" served as the beginning of Key and Peele's pairing in movies and "Keanu" proves to be a great vehicle for their pop culture aware and racially insightful comedy, not to mention their significant chemistry.

The title character is a cute little kitten (actually, one of seven used in filming), which shares his name with a certain movie star, that name meaning "cool breeze" in Hawaiian. At the beginning of the film, the kitten avoids injury and escapes the scene of a shoot-out at an illicit drug production facility. The kitten belonged to drug dealer King Diaz, whose place and people were shot-up in that first scene. The shooters, a pair of very scary, long-haired, darkly-dressed, ninja-like specters called the Allentown Boys, also take a shine to the kitten, which runs off as the massacre is ending. The little guy runs through the streets of L.A. until he ends up on the doorstep of a depressed man whose girlfriend has just left him.

Rell (Jordan Peele) quickly and deeply bonds with the kitten, whom he cleans up and names. Keanu's considerable cuteness brings Rell out of his emotional funk and Rell, a photographer, starts creating photos of the kitten in mock-ups of classic movie scenes. When Rell's cousin, Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key), comes by, he's also immediately taken in by Keanu's charms. Clarence's wife (Nia Long), who has joined their neighbor (Rob Huebel), on a weekend getaway so their daughters could spend time together, urges Clarence to use that couple of days to have some fun and cut loose. Clarence heads across town to Rell's place for a weekend that turns out to be much more than anyone bargained for.

After coming home from a movie, the pair discover that Rell's home has been ransacked and Keanu is gone. Rell desperately asks Hulka (SNL's Will Forte), his neighbor and drug dealer, if he saw anything. Hulka says he had recently seen members of the gang the 17th Street Blips (gangbangers who had been kicked out of the Bloods and the Crips) nearby. Rell and Clarence find the Blips at a strip club called High Priced Vixens (HPV for short) and see that Cheddar (Method Man), the Blips' leader, has adopted Keanu. Rell and Clarence try to play it cool, mentioning that they like the cat. Mistaking them for The Allentown Boys, Cheddar says he'll give them the cat if they go with his crew on a job and teach them a few things.

Rell and Clarence aren't exactly thugs. They argue over who talks more "white" and Clarence is obsessed with the music of George Michael. But they do their best to live up to the badass reputation of the Allentown Boys long enough to get Keanu back. Rell and Clarence join "Hi-C" (Tiffany Haddish), Trunk (Darrell Britt-Gibson), Bud (Jason Mitchell) and Stitches (Jamal Neighbors) on a delivery to the home of Anna Farris (as herself) which becomes comically bizarre – both for those who go inside the house and those who wait outside in their van. Before Keanu's fate is finally determined, Rell and Clarence party with the Blips, run into the real Allentown Boys and meet a drug kingpin (Luis Guzman) who recognizes Keanu as his cousin King Diaz' kitten and insists on having the little guy. (That's one popular pussy cat!) "Keanu" is an understated but fun movie, and a great initial foray into feature films for Key and Peele. In keeping with their sketch comedy background, the story and the characters are humorously unrealistic, but are good for more than a few laughs. The script by Peele and Alex Rubens overplays some of the gags, but includes some smart plot twists. (Whether you see them coming or not, they are pretty enjoyable.) Director Peter Atencio keeps things moving and strikes a good balance between light-hearted and serious, obviously helped by his two talented leads. It's the charm and chemistry of Key and Peele which accounts for much of this film's appeal. (And a certain adorable kitten is also a big part of that appeal, unless, of course, you're a soul-less cat-hater.) This modern day Abbott and Costello effectively entertain with "Keanu", and it's obvious that their first feature isn't their last


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