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Keanu (2016)

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When the adorable kitten of an L.A. crime kingpin unexpectedly enters the life of two cousins, they will have to go through tough gangs, pitiless hit-men, and ruthless drug dealers who all claim him, to get him back. How hard can it be?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jordan Peele ... Rell Williams / Oil Dresden
Keegan-Michael Key ... Clarence Goobril / Smoke Dresden
Tiffany Haddish ... Hi-C
Method Man ... Cheddar
Darrell Britt-Gibson ... Trunk
Jason Mitchell ... Bud
Jamar Malachi Neighbors ... Stitches
Luis Guzmán ... Bacon
Will Forte ... Hulka
Nia Long ... Hannah
Rob Huebel ... Spencer
Madison Wolfe ... Alexis
Jordyn A. Davis Jordyn A. Davis ... Belle
James Yeargain James Yeargain ... Donnie
Brittany Seymour ... Rachel
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Storyline

Rell's life is changed forever when a cute kitten comes to his door, and he names it Keanu. Unfortunately, one weekend later, Keanu is abducted by persons unknown. Now Rell and his cousin, Clarence, are men on a mission to find Keanu against the odds. Unfortunately, those odds prove to be perilously high as they find Keanu in the care of the ruthless gangster, Cheddar, and he will only part with him for a price. Now for that cute kitten, these two middle class bumblers find themselves neck deep in a dangerous alien world of drugs and gang violence with only their desperate audacity, creativity and sheer dumb luck giving them a chance to survive. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Get ready fur rush hour. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for violence, language throughout, drug use and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cat Boys See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,453,224, 1 May 2016

Gross USA:

$20,591,853

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,651,333
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the photos from the cat calendar is a parody of the movie Point Break (1991) which starred Keanu Reeves. See more »

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Clarence (as Shark Tank) tells Cheddar he should keep his safety on. The gun he is using can't have the safety engaged with its currently un-cocked hammer. See more »

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Rell Williams: I loved you in "The House Bunny".
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Spoofs Heat (1995) See more »

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Brilliantly Stupid
29 April 2016 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

Who hasn't been waiting for Key and Peele to put out a movie together? 'Key and Peele' was one of the best sketch comedy shows of recent memory. Their dynamic on screen is always must watch television and so we were all waiting to see how it would translate to the big screen. For the most part, Keanu works. It does a good job of incorporating the same humor from their show into the film. I just wish they pushed it even further. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments, but the plot of Keanu falls back into clichéd territory far too often.

It's largely a spoof of action films in the same vein as the avidly popular Jump Street films. Instead of going undercover to take down drug dealers, the duo played by Key and Peele, pretend they are drug dealers to win back the kitten that was taken from them. But besides that, the plot unravels exactly as you would expect. You could make the argument that it's not even necessarily a full on spoof, especially with its attempt at drama quite a few times throughout the film.

With that said, when the laughs hit, they hit hard. There's something about the quick witted banter between Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele that it becomes addicting to watch after a while. I just feel they could have taken it a step further. The runtime feels a little long in the tooth too, especially towards the climax.

The supporting cast is okay, with a few surprises here and there, but the real hero here is Keanu the kitten. It isn't named Keanu by accident, and I enjoyed how they played off his name throughout the film. But don't go in expecting Keanu to be the center focus. The kitten only gets like 25 minutes of screen time, but it isn't wasted.

Overall, Keanu features the incredible duo of Key and Peele and fans of the sketch show will no doubt walk away loving this, but there was still some untapped areas to be tackled. Whether it's a sequel to Keanu, a return to TV, or a completely fresh idea, I'm down to watch anything these guys do.

+Incredible duo

+Brilliantly stupid premise

-But it ends up feeling cliché and uninspired

-Uneven

6.8/10


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